A doctor in Oregon has found a way to get the help people who overdose on opioids need to quit using the drug, which can cause a deadly withdrawal syndrome.
Dr. Richard Kuehnerts has worked with a number of patients to help them quit using opioids and found that some were doing better than others.
He says people have to take responsibility for their own lives and not let anyone else’s actions get in the way of their efforts.
“It is not something that we should be able to do,” Kuehns says.
“It’s not something we should encourage.”
It’s been a long road to recovery for many who overdose.
Dr KueHnerts says the opioid crisis has left many people with a chronic addiction and is impacting their mental health.
“Many of them feel like they can’t get help,” he says.
“The thing that’s really hard for me is that I feel that they’re not taking the time to think about what’s in front of them, what they’re feeling, what the challenges are that they have and how they’re going to manage those.”
Dr Kueshnes works in a rehab center in Oregon where he says people can talk about their experiences and find support from people who are willing to help.
He says some people have found the right treatment plan that works for them.
“When they’ve gone through the process of quitting, it’s like a big weight is off their shoulders,” he explains.
“There’s a sense of closure and that they’ve finally got closure.”
But for some people who want help, they don’t have that option.
“We’ve had many patients who’ve gone into a very difficult situation that we’ve had to treat them through a rehabilitation program,” Dr Kuehlerts explains.
“There are no other options for them.”
He says he has also seen patients who had tried the medication and found it to be ineffective.
“Some of these people have had very serious side effects from the medication,” he notes.
“The medication has been the mainstay of their treatment for about six months.”
Dr. Kuehoffers hopes that by helping other people quit using, he will be able help more people.
“This is the next frontier in the fight against opioids,” he said.
“If we do this right, there’s a chance that we can prevent more of these deaths.”