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Hydrocodone Addiction Rehabilitation Services in Nunavut

Hydrocodone is a commonly prescribed pain medication used to treat severe pain for patients who are not responding to other types of opioids. Hydrocodone is produced from the poppy plant similar to heroin and morphine and is a semi-synthetic drug. The risk for addiction and abuse is high, especially when the drug is not taken as directed. When someone is prescribed hydrocodone, it comes as a tablet or liquid. Unfortunately, the tablet can be crushed and snorted and or used intravenously. Addicts who abuse hydrocodone also use it with alcohol to amplify the effects of the drug. This is dangerous and does result in an overdose. The long-term use of hydrocodone leads to serious physical and psychological problems. Specifically, users can suffer from liver damage, heart problems, and impaired cognitive functions. The territory of Nunavut has a sparse population of people, but despite this, some residents struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. Since 1999, the government of Nunavut has addressed the needs of individuals requiring treatment for addictions. This is done by offering access to residential facilities and programs outside of the territory. Many of these programs are not grounded in Inuit culture or Indigenous based cultural approaches. However, there are community-based programs and organizations providing opportunities for Nunavummiut to receive counseling and support in a non-residential setting.

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Substance abuse can affect anyone at any point within his or her life, and even within remote communities, these are problems that people struggle with. Nunavut has not been hit as hard with the opioid problem as the rest of Canada. Much of this is because of the sparse population and remoteness with many of the communities. However, according to the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), in 2014 substance abuse cost $96 million dollars. The overall cost was associated with lost productivity followed by healthcare. Alcohol abuse in the territory was estimated to cost residents close to $56 million. Anyone struggling with addiction, such as a hydrocodone addiction will need help, and treatment is available out-of-territory. This is common for people who battle addiction in the territories. Because of the lack of treatment resources, many residents have to travel to the provinces for help. However, local community support is available to help people in need. Opioid addiction is a dangerous problem, and if the right help is not gotten the addiction does become worse. When you are choosing treatment, you should start with medical detox. A medically supervised detox helps the patient manage the withdrawal symptoms prior to entering treatment.

Some opioid addicts will choose medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine and suboxone. This is done during detox to help with withdrawal symptoms, and then throughout therapy to manage cravings. Any type of MAT program is done alongside behavioral counseling and therapy, and this is the only way this type of treatment is effective. It is also important for a patient to detox off the medication once they have completed treatment. Continuing to work on sobriety may be difficult when you have to rely on medication to maintain your sobriety. Hydrocodone is an addictive substance, but with the right help someone who is abusing it can make a full recovery.

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