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How is Mental Health and Opioid Dependence Related?

How is Mental Health and Opioid Dependence Related?

Opioids are strong pain relievers. They include drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone), morphine, and Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). According the CDC’s drug overdose map In 2019, doctors in the United States wrote 153,260,450 prescriptions for these drugs.

Doctors usually prescribe opioids to relieve pain after surgery or an injury. While these drugs are very effective pain relievers, they’re also highly addictive. Many patients misuse their prescriptions and become addicted to their prescriptions.

People who have a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety are more likely to get opioid prescriptions. They’re also at greater risk of developing a dependence on these drugs.

Opioids and Depression

Opioid use can contribute to mental health problems. According to a 2016 study in the Annals of Family Medicine, they found that about 10 percent of people prescribed opioids developed depression after a month of taking the drugs. The longer they used opioids, the greater their risk of developing depression became.

How does Opioid use contribute to mental health?

Here is a list of possible reasons:

  • Pain is a common symptom in people with mental health disorders.

  • People with depression and other mental health issues may use opioids to self-medicate and escape from their problems.

  • Opioids may not work as well in people with mental illness, leading to the need for increasingly large doses.

  • People with mental illness could have genes that increase their risk of addiction.

  • Trauma such as physical or emotional abuse can contribute to both mental illness and drug addiction.

While opioids are effective at relieving pain, they can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Dependence means you need the drug to function well. Addiction is when you continue to use the drug, even though it causes harmful effects.

Opioids are believed to change brain chemistry in a way that makes you need more and more of these drugs to get the same effect. Over time, taking increasingly larger doses leads to dependence. Trying to get off opioids can cause withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting.

How to avoid dependence

If you live with depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition, here are a few things you can do to avoid becoming dependent on opioids.

· Make and appointment with a counselor to discuss your symptoms

· Discuss your depression with a Psychiatrist to see if medication is recommended

· If you have been prescribed Opioids after surgery, take only the recommended dosage

Watch for signs of Dependence

If you’re taking larger doses of the opioid to get the desired effect, you may be dependent. Going off the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea, and shaking.

How We Can Help You

Mind Shine LLC offers Suboxone therapy for Opioid addiction. Your doctor will initiate a program for your treatment to assure you return to previous functioning.

Mind Shine will also assign a counselor to you, to help deal with depression, anxiety and other mental health symptoms. Contact Mind Shine LLC: 919-366-4073 or mindshinetms@gmail.com

We offer Telemedicine Suboxone Therapy for opioid use disorder as one of our enhanced programs! The patient simply uses their cell phone or computer to virtually connect to their doctor.

We also offer drug testing that is also virtual. This testing has a DNA component to assure validity. We accept patients that are insured and those who wish to pay cash. All patients receiving Suboxone therapy are required to receive counseling.


Mind Shine, LLC is a mental health center that specializes in TMS Therapy in Raleigh, NC. We also offer other mental health treatment options for veterans, soldier & civilians, such as outpatient therapy, substance abuse and opioid addiction counseling, teletherapy, and psychiatric medication management for adolescents, families, adults and children. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

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