Narcan for Addiction Treatment
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What is Narcan & How Does It Work?
Narcan is a medication that can be used to help prevent an opioid overdose. Narcan is different from other medications used in medication-assisted treatment in that it is administered in an individual dose in the case of an opioid overdose. Narcan is given as a nasal spray, and just one spray up either the left or right nostril can reverse the effects that opioids have on the brain and force the opiate molecules off of the pain receptors to which they are bound. Narcan is available in just single doses and is not a replacement for emergency care in the event of an opioid overdose. Contact our substance abuse specialists at Quest Recovery Center in Mount Vernon to learn more.
How Opioids Affect Your Brain
While many doctors prescribe opioids for pain relief after major surgery, during cancer treatment, or for other medical reasons, many people misuse opioids like heroin, morphine, and oxycodone and develop a dependency on the drug. Opioids provide pain relief by blocking pain receptors in the brain and encouraging it to produce excess amounts of dopamine, creating a calm, pleasurable effect. Over time, your brain becomes accustomed to producing dopamine in the presence of opioids, and it loses its ability to produce it on its own slowly over time. That’s why many people who struggle with an opioid addiction experience severe withdrawal symptoms during addiction treatment that includes depression, an inability to focus, and other mental health issues.
Recovery is Possible
At Quest Recovery Center in Mount Vernon, our substance abuse specialists work with opioid addicts, creating an individualized treatment plan that includes both medication-assisted treatments as well as counseling or therapy for improving your behavioral health. More often than not, patients struggling with opioid addictions experience anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, insomnia, and more. Narcan may not be used as part of your ongoing treatment, but it is available at our recovery center in case of an opioid overdose emergency.
Who We Are
At Quest Recovery Center, we provide dual-diagnosis treatment for addictions of all types. This treatment is a combination of clinically proven medication-assisted treatment and behavioral health therapy or counseling to help our patients achieve full recovery. We believe that you can lead a happy, self-directed life free of opioid use through our treatment program. Reach out to us today to find out if you are qualified for treatment.
Get in Touch With Us Today
Our mission at Quest Recovery Center is to provide evidence-based care for our patients struggling with opioid addiction. If this applies to you, reach out to our team of substance abuse specialists today to learn more.