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Opioid Therapy Management Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Albuquerque, NM

About two million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders associated with prescription opioid medications. If you’re unable to stop taking pain medicine despite wanting to, board-certified pain management specialists at Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can help. They offer opioid therapy management to help you break an addiction or manage pain in better ways. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Opioid Therapy Management Q & A

What is opioid therapy management?

With opioid therapy management, Lynx Healthcare offers pain management solutions that relieve severe or chronic pain without opioid misuse. They can also help you break opioid dependence if you suffer from it, as numerous oral pain medicines are highly addictive for certain people.

Do I suffer from opioid dependence?

Opioid dependence can lead to serious health problems. Signs and symptoms of opioid dependence include:

  • Taking unnecessary pain medications 
  • Trying stronger doses over time
  • Withdrawal symptoms 
  • Inability to avoid pain medicine
  • Problems with jobs or relationships
  • Uncontrollable cravings
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Stealing from family or friends
  • Social isolation

You might experience kidney or liver problems with long-term use of high-dose opioids. Some people who misuse opioids switch to heroin. Seeking treatment at the first sign of opioid dependence can prevent serious medical problems.

What happens during my initial appointment?

If you or a loved one experiences chronic pain or opioid dependence, Lynx Healthcare can help. The team discusses your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle, and completes a physical examination. They might recommend you undergo blood tests, urine tests, or imaging procedures to detect or rule out specific health problems.

What does opioid therapy management entail? 

The opioid therapy management program at Lynx Healthcare includes patient evaluation for pain management using opioid and nonopioid treatments. The team helps you manage chronic pain to give you a better quality of life. 

They use safe opioid prescribing practices with a cautious approach, modified by your risk of dependence. Prevention of prescription medication-related drug misuse and criminal activity is a top priority at Lynx Healthcare.

If you struggle with opioid addiction, Lynx Healthcare might recommend medication-assisted treatment. This includes taking medications like Suboxone® that reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The team can combine these medications with counseling and social support to help you overcome opioid misuse.

What are nonopioid pain treatments?

If you suffer from chronic pain that led to your opioid addiction, the Lynx Healthcare team offers the following treatments to provide relief so that you don’t get tempted to use opioids again:

  • Facet joint injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Lifestyle change counseling

The team might combine various pain management solutions as part of your opioid therapy management to provide the best outcome and help you safely avoid chronic pain. 

If you experience chronic pain or symptoms of opioid dependence and are interested in learning more about opioid therapy management, schedule an appointment with Lynx Healthcare by phone or online today.