Substance Abuse

Pile of prescription pill containers

If you have a substance abuse problem and you have ever tried to quit “cold turkey,” you know how difficult it can be. Most people who abuse prescription drugs need ongoing medical treatment and support to overcome their dependence.

At Total Family Healthcare & Wellness Centers in Clermont, Florida, Dr. Cara Jakob provides physician-supervised detoxification and relapse prevention from opioids (narcotics such as painkillers or heroin) in the privacy of their office.

Opioid Dependence

One of the most common drug addictions is among those who take prescription painkillers such as Vicodin® (hydrocodone), Percocet® (oxycodone) and Oxycontin® (oxycodone). This type of dependency is a vicious cycle, as patients take these narcotics to relieve their pain, when they actually contribute to the pain instead. Dr. Jakob can help overcome addictions to pain pills and manage pain without drugs that lead to chemical dependency.

Medication-Assisted Therapy with Suboxone®

Dr. Jakob is certified to treat narcotic drug addictions with Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) Film. This medication-assisted therapy reduces the use of opioids by managing withdrawal symptoms and reducing drug cravings. Suboxone Film can also be used at home, so you can take each dose at a time that is convenient for you and continue with your daily activities. Suboxone Film is a small orange rectangle of film you take once a day by placing under your tongue and allowing it to dissolve. As it dissolves, the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream.

The Importance of Counseling

Medication-assisted therapy such as Suboxone should always be combined with counseling by a licensed provider, such as a psychotherapist. Counseling can help you learn how to recognize events that trigger the use of alcohol and drugs and gain skills to help you manage those triggers that stimulate cravings. You may also learn ways to cope with events or social situations associated with past drug use.

A psychotherapist can also identify and treat underlying psychiatric issues that may be contributing to your addiction cycle, such as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder, social phobia, depression and insomnia. The ultimate goal of counseling is to help minimize the risk of relapse.

Are you ready to kick your prescription drug addiction? Whether you need help with prescription narcotic medications or illicit opioids addiction, Dr. Jakob can help you detox safely and effectively. Make an appointment today by  requesting an appointment online or calling the office at  (352) 394-4237.