Opioid Use Disorders Specialist

Salient Health Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Addiction Medicine Physicians located in Goodlettsville, TN

America is currently in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic, and virtually every family has at least one extended relative who struggles with opioid use disorder. Finding solutions is literally a life-or-death situation, which is why Corey Batson Sr., MD, of Salient Health Primary Care in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, offers diagnostic and treatment services for this form of addiction. Call or click today to set up a visit.

Opioid Use Disorders Q&A

What is opioid use disorder?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include pain medications, heroin, and synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of pain medication or heroin. There is a vast range of strength and potency among opioids, with some synthetic versions creating exponentially more pronounced effects. Opioids are astoundingly addictive and cause many overdose deaths each and every year. 

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, opioid use disorder is a pattern of opioid use that creates problems or distress. At least two of the following conditions must occur within a one-year period to meet the diagnostic criteria:

  • Taking higher doses for a longer period of time than intended
  • Craving for more opioids
  • Lack of success in trying to quit using opioids
  • Heavy focus on obtaining opioids or significant time recovering from the effects
  • Continued opioid use even after negative social or professional consequences
  • Using opioids when it poses a danger
  • Continuing opioid use even when there is a risk of physical harm
  • Increased tolerance to opioids
  • Altering activities or interests because of opioid use
  • Failing to meet expectations at home, school, or work
  • Experiencing withdrawal when not taking opioids

If you notice these conditions in yourself or a loved one, getting treatment can be life-saving. 

How can I help a loved one get treatment for opioid use disorder?

It can be hard to convince someone else to seek treatment for opioid addiction, especially when the individual is not ready to acknowledge they have a problem. The best way to approach these difficult conversations is from a place of love and concern, not judgment or disdain. 

Dr. Corey Batson offers treatments that can help, and he’s happy to meet with individuals to discuss their options. Even if your loved one isn’t fully ready to take the next step in treating opioid addiction, they may benefit from knowing where to turn for help when the time comes. 

Offering to come with them during a consultation is sometimes helpful. In other cases, people prefer to meet with Dr. Batson on their own. Discussing the signs and symptoms of opioid use disorder is not always easy, so be sure to give your loved one options to make the process more manageable. 

What kinds of tools can help with addiction recovery?

Talk therapy is a great way to support any type of addiction recovery. Working with a therapist can help you learn how to change your way of thinking about drug use and how to navigate challenges in your life. 

Dr. Batson offers Suboxone®, a prescription medication used to treat opioid use disorder. This medication helps reduce the withdrawal symptoms common among people who are trying to cut down on opioid use. 

For many, opioid use disorder is a lifelong problem that requires careful management. Dr. Batson is passionate about helping individuals and families move beyond addiction to live happy and healthy lives. Begin the process today by calling or scheduling a visit online.