Someone with an opioid addiction may be afraid to quit using the drug as they are intimidated by the pain incurred with withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms of opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawal from opioid use without professional help can also be dangerous. Without medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT, many users relapse. At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, our addiction treatment center in Thornton, CO, offers various programs for treating opioid addiction. We are a recovery-oriented, licensed, medical addiction treatment center. To learn more about how CMAR uses Naloxone and other medications, along with evidence-based therapies, to treat opioid addiction, contact us today.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication that can counteract the life-threatening symptoms of an opioid overdose. This medication addresses the failure of the respiratory and central nervous system that occurs when a person uses too much of one opioid. With this medication, you are far less likely to die from an overdose. By reversing the effects of an overdose, Naloxone has saved many lives.
Naloxone is the primary medication and tool used in an emergency involving an overdose. It can be administered by either spraying it into the nose or injecting it. In its injectable form, this medication requires some training for the proper administration. Fortunately, this training is straightforward and relatively easy to learn.
Alternatively, Naloxone may also be administered through an auto-injectable. This choice is similar to an EpiPen and may provide verbal instructions. This option is ideal for family members who want to help their loved ones overcome addiction.
The final option for administering Naloxone is through a nasal spray. Anyone can deliver this option, spraying it into one of the victim’s nostrils if they witness an overdose.
However, it’s important to note that this medication is only effective against opiate overdose, and this medicine may wear off, requiring another dose.
At CMAR, since we use Naloxone to treat opioid addiction at our addiction treatment center in Colorado, we provide training on administering this medicine. Furthermore, we ensure that we offer it, so that is is on hand if an overdose occurs. We also provide training on how to identify a victim who is overdosing in order to know when this medication is needed. Moreover, we help to determine whether further administration of Naloxone is necessary. Naloxone treatment can save the life of a loved one.
Recognize the Symptoms of Opioid Overdose
It’s essential to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose to know when to administer Naloxone so that the overdose victim gets the medication as soon as possible. There are several signs of an opioid overdose, including:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Extremely slow breathing and heartbeat
- Being extremely tired
- If conscious, they are not able to respond to their surroundings.
If you see your loved one exhibiting these symptoms, they may require Naloxone. Then, keep the person under watchful care until emergency responders arrive. Doctors and nurses will continue watching over the person for a minimum of 2 hours to ensure that the person doesn’t stop breathing.
While this medication is remarkably safe, in rare situations, Naloxone may cause withdrawal symptoms. While the withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, they aren’t life-threatening. These symptoms may include:
- Changes in blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
Contact Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery to Learn More About Naloxone Treatment
While our Naloxone treatment in Colorado is an excellent option in an emergency, it is only one of the addiction treatment options available at Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery. We offer a wide range of MAT opiate treatment programs, including:
If you or a loved one has recently suffered an opioid overdose, it’s time to get treatment. At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we are dedicated to long-term recovery and sobriety. Contact CMAR today at 833.448.0127 to learn more.