Utilizing medical treatment for addiction to address drug possession charges

By Kirk Anderson on November 30, 2016

An addiction to opioids could happen to anyone. Injured during a hockey game? Having outpatient surgery? Chronic back pain due to a car accident? Any of these events could lead to a prescription for opioids. At first, taking these medications is necessary to treat pain and inflammation, but before long, a physical addiction to the medications occurs. One will experience withdrawal symptoms upon stopping the medications and these can include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

With these symptoms and side effects one can certainly understand why continuing to take the opioid medications to stave off these experiences seems reasonable. Continuing to take these opioid medications, though, will lead to an even higher level of physical addiction that will require medical intervention to address. When a doctor won’t help, some will seek out illegal ways to obtain these needed drugs. These illegal activities could lead to charges of drug possession. If you have been charged with drug possession, then you can contact us to fight for your rights.

During this legal battle with drug possession charges, it can be helpful to consider prescription medications that can treat opioid addiction and the related physical symptoms. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website, there are medication assisted treatment options for opioid addiction that can be used in combination with behavioral therapy. These medications can include buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone.

Buprenorphine is a medication that can be prescribed by physicians and does not require a structured clinic setting. This means that it will not be necessary for you to go to a methadone clinic to receive treatment. Methadone clinics administer their namesake Methadone. The medication dosage is tailored to the individual that it is prescribed to. It is possible to take this medication at home although this is decided by the treatment provider. So it may be necessary to discuss this with your provider if you want to avoid the clinic setting for this medication. Naltrexone is administered as a pill or injectable medication. This medication is different from the previously described drugs as it targets the opioid cravings that occur with addiction. This can be prescribed by a provider and does not necessarily require linkage with a clinic.

You are not alone in facing drug possession charges and we stand ready to assist you in addressing your legal concerns. Please contact us today.