Quitting Opioids

Opioids, like heroin and prescription pain killers, are some of the most difficult kinds of drugs to quit without help. Roots offers medical, mental health, and navigation services to help our community members who wish to stop using opioids.

Why is it so hard to quit opioids?

Opioids make chemical changes in the body that cause it to need opioids to feel “normal.” This can happen in less than a week of using opioids, even if only as prescribed by a doctor. This is a physical problem called “opioid dependence.”

With opioid dependence, whenever the opioids wear off, the body reacts with physical and emotional symptoms, called “withdrawal.” Opioid withdrawal can include physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, shaking, and sweating; and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and irritability. If the body is very dependent on opioids, these symptoms can be severe and last many hours to many days.

How can Roots help?

Roots offers full-service support for quitting opioids, including:

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) treatment, including induction (startup) onsite or in the home.
  • Other treatments such as methadone or naltrexone
  • Support in choosing a new pain management strategy, if opioids were being used for pain
  • One-on-one counseling and support groups led by licensed mental health providers
  • A dedicated health navigator to connect you with other community resources, and support you in your path to wellness

For more information

Schedule a visit with a your Roots medical provider at 510-777-1177, or call the opioid team at 510-577-0754.

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