Recovery Resource was established to help save and improve the lives of people suffering from opioid dependence caused by a physical addiction to opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers (commonly known as the brand names of OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet).
Withdrawal symptoms from opioids are strong and can mimic an upper gastrointestinal infection mixed with a respiratory flu. Recovery Resource physicians treat patients with a SUBOXONE® (Buprenorphine/Naloxone) film formulation to take away physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Patients are highly functioning to tackle school, work, or other responsibilities. Unlike with methadone which can result in a sedated feeling, SUBOXONE® allows patients to remain clear-headed. They often report having improved energy and sleep which greatly helps with their healing.
The heroin epidemic is everywhere – it knows no boundaries for age, economics, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It is hitting young adults more than any other age group, however, with highest rates for drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin highest among age 18-44 non-hispanic whites second only to age 45-64 non-hispanic blacks. Drugs can be lethal, even those that have been prescribed by doctors for pain management. Heroin abuse is tied to prescription drug abuse because people are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin if they are already addicted to prescription painkillers (SOURCE: USNews.com 8/19/15).
The number of opioid deaths in the U.S. has far exceeded fatalities from motor vehicle accidents. Several years ago, deaths from overdoses reached mortality levels similar to the HIV epidemic at its peak in 1995. (SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control WISQARS data (2015)/Center for Injury Epidemiology at Columbia University; and CDC Chief of Mortality statistics (2016)/ NY Times article)
There is a significant increase in overdose deaths throughout New England caused by the narcotic drug Fentanyl, which is a powerful pharmaceutical-level opioid prescribed for pain that is 50 times stronger than heroin. Heroin sold on the black market on the street is often laced with Fentanyl.
Recovery Resource is part of the solution. Our patient care team has chosen to work specifically with SUBOXONE® to take away the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal, so patients can be highly functioning to tackle school, work or other responsibilities with a clear head. Each patient is monitored closely to avoid overdosing and to reduce their dependence to their drug of choice.