What is Opioid Use Disorder?
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is the medical term for when a person can’t stop using opioids (such as heroin, fentanyl or pills like Oxycodone), even if they want to stop. OUD is a medical condition, and there are effective medications that can be taken at home to help ease cravings and stop withdrawals.
When someone decides they are ready, our goal is to help them start medication as quickly as possible. The next step is to make an appointment with a provider to discuss care options. Many patients are able to get their prescriptions the same day as their first appointment.
Types of OUD treatment
At Neighborcare Health, we offer medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), including Suboxone (buprenorphine)—a pill or film under the tongue taken every day—and Vivitrol (naltrexone)—a once a month shot. We view care for OUD the same as any other ongoing health concern, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, and medications are a regular part of our primary medical care services. Behavioral health services are also available to provide support for patients making changes or experiencing stress and worries.
Find a clinic in your neighborhood and make an appointment with a provider to talk about MOUD.