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How to refer a patient with opioid addiction?

Opioids are substances that, when reaching opioid receptors, have effects similar to those of morphine.[2] Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia.[3] Other medical uses include suppression of diarrhea, replacement therapy for opioid use disorder, reversing opioid overdose, and suppressing cough.[3] Extremely potent opioids such as carfentanil are approved only for veterinary use.[4][5][6] Opioids are frequently used non-medically for their euphoric effects or to prevent withdrawal.[7]

Side effects of opioids may include itchiness, sedation, nausea, respiratory depression, constipation, and euphoria. Long-term use can cause tolerance, meaning that increased doses are required to achieve the same effect, and physical dependence, meaning that abruptly discontinuing the drug leads to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.[8] The euphoria attracts recreational use and frequent, escalating recreational use of opioids typically results in addiction. An overdose or concurrent use with other depressant drugs like benzodiazepines or alcohol commonly results in death from respiratory depression.

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How to refer a patient with alcohol addiction?

In chemistry, alcohol is an organic compound that carries at least one hydroxyl functional group (−OH) bound to a saturated carbon atom.[2] The term alcohol originally referred to the primary alcohol ethanol (ethyl alcohol), which is used as a drug and is the main alcohol present in alcoholic beverages. An important class of alcohols, of which methanol and ethanol are the simplest members, includes all compounds for which the general formula is CnH2n+1OH. Simple monoalcohols that are the subject of this article include primary (RCH2OH), secondary (R2CHOH) and tertiary (R3COH) alcohols.

The suffix -ol appears in the IUPAC chemical name of all substances where the hydroxyl group is the functional group with the highest priority. When a higher priority group is present in the compound, the prefix hydroxy- is used in its IUPAC name. The suffix -ol in non-IUPAC names (such as paracetamol or cholesterol) also typically indicates that the substance is an alcohol. However, many substances that contain hydroxyl functional groups (particularly sugars, such as glucose and sucrose) have names which include neither the suffix -ol, nor the prefix hydroxy-.

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Stella Uchendu

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Stella Uchendu has been practicing medicine for 4 years and Addiction Medicine for 3 years. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Nursing Science from Salem State University and a Master of Science in Nursing Practice from Regis College.

My mission is to focus on the person as a whole, as well as the family members, and address the trauma while finding new ways to cope with their addiction

Jean Thomas

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Jean Thomas is a licensed nurse practitioner who graduated with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing Science from UMASS Boston and later a FNP degree from Chamberlain University. Jean has been practicing medicine since 2018, providing adult, urgent care addiction while managing acute and chronic diseas

My mission is to be a provider that makes a true difference in a patient’s life

William Simmons

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William Simmons is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who graduated with a Master of Social Work from Boston College. William has over 10 years of experience in providing psycho-therapeutic support for both MAT patients and stand-alone therapy patients.

My mission is to help and support our clients
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