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Are You Addicted to Your Opioid? Santa Monica, CA
Drug Abuse and Addiction Santa Monica CA

Millions of Americans use prescribed opioids to manage pain. However, the highly-addictive nature of these types of painkillers have made opioids the leader in drug-overdose deaths and a cause of the worst drug crisis in American history.

Opioids (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and others) can be safe when used correctly and exactly as prescribed. Unfortunately, it is easy for patients to misuse these drugs and become addicted. While drug tolerance and drug dependence are the body’s normal response to taking opioids for a long period of time, drug addiction is not normal.

Addiction is a disease that warrants treatment. It is critically important to know the warning signs that you have become addicted to your opioid, which looks different and more severe than physical symptoms of simply becoming dependent on the drug.

Defining Addiction

Like other types of addictions, when you are addicted to an opioid drug, you may find that both your body and your mind are unable to function without it. This can lead to an obsessive pursuit to get the drug, even when you know the drug will cause behavior issues or relationship problems.

Addiction typically happens gradually. You may have complete control at the beginning of your treatment with an opioid, but the pleasurable effect can lead to a powerful urge for more as your brain changes and responds.

Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

The signs and symptoms of substance abuse can be physical, behavioral and psychological. Typically, patients who are addicted find that they can’t stop themselves from taking more than the prescribed dosage or they continue to use the opioid without a doctor’s consent, despite the turbulence it may be causing within their work, relationships or health.

Here are some telltale signs of an opioid abuse:

  • poor coordination
  • drowsiness
  • shallow or slow breathing rate
  • nausea, vomiting
  • constipation
  • physical agitation
  • poor decision making
  • abandoning responsibilities
  • slurred speech
  • sleeping more or less than normal
  • mood swings
  • euphoria (feeling high)
  • irritability
  • depression
  • lowered motivation
  • anxiety attacks

Help for Substance Abuse

Recognizing your addiction to opioid is the first step to recovery. Fortunately, there are experienced physicians who specialize in helping patients detox and recover from opioid addiction. At the office of Brent Michael, MD, we proudly offer substance abuse detoxification using Suboxone, which helps patients safely come off their opioid drug while avoiding or eliminating the often debilitating withdrawal symptoms that can occur. Suboxone can be a key element of opioid recovery when used alongside counseling and behavioral therapy.

Our Santa Monica clinic understands the tremendous toll that opioid addiction can take on families, and we are here to help! To learn more about suboxone and opioid abuse detoxification, call Dr. Michael today.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310-829-7777

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM