Dextropropoxyphene is a prescription painkiller that is widely used in treating chronic pain and other painful disorders. Unfortunately, it is also an opioid drug. Opioids are highly addictive derivatives of the opium poppy. Like most of these derivatives, dextropropoxyphene has similar properties as morphine, heroin, and OxyContin. It is also just as difficult to stop an addiction to dextropropoxyphene as it is any other opiate or opioid drug and it is just as dangerous. The most common form of treatment for any of the opiate medications is medication assisted treatment.
What is Medication Assisted Treatment?
Medication assisted treatment is a combination of medications and different forms of therapy. The combination of the two can help you treat the symptoms of addiction while you are dealing with the causes and consequences of that addiction.
What Medications are Useful?
A few different medications are useful in dextropropoxyphene addiction treatment. The different medications are:
- Methadone – by far the most common medication used in treating any opiate addiction. Methadone is known for being relatively safe and completely blocking the effects of withdrawal while treating chronic pain disorders if necessary.
- Suboxone – Suboxone is the newest form of medication for opiate addiction. It combines buprenorphine and Naltrexone. Buprenorphine acts to block the pain receptors in the brain and helps prevent some of the withdrawal symptoms. It is also known for treating chronic pain. Naltrexone puts a ceiling on the amount of buprenorphine absorbed into your brain at any one time. This keeps you from becoming addicted to it.
- Buprenorphine – this is very similar to methadone but not usually as strong. It treats some of the withdrawal symptoms and can treat chronic pain but it does not cover all of them. You may still experience symptoms if you are taking it alone.
- Naltrexone – this medication simply blocks your ability to feel the effects of an opiate like dextropropoxyphene.
Each of these drugs has drawbacks but they all can be useful in the long term treatment of chronic pain and opiate addiction.
Therapy Methods Used in Medication Assisted Treatment
In order to overcome an opiate addiction, you have to find the reason why you became addicted in the first place. Doctors and scientists theorize that addiction is often a form of self medication for something else that is wrong in your life. These causes can be anything from the desire to escape your life for a while to a medical need to simple boredom. Therapy not only helps you to identifying what the cause, it can give you a positive way to alleviate the cause.
Some of the therapy methods that are useful are:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Rational emotive therapy
- Mindfulness therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Alternative therapies
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Family therapy
- 12 step therapy
There are many more types of therapy, but these are the most common ones. Each form of therapy can be combined with the others to make a more personalized and effective form of treatment.