Opioid Addiction

Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment

Richard E. Repass, MD

Psychiatrist & Addiction Medicine located in Mercer Island, WA

Whether your opioid addiction began with prescription medication or recreational use, your intense cravings make it impossible to break the addiction without help. At Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment, Richard E. Repass, MD, provides the comprehensive medical care you need, including a safe, natural detox within 15 days with BR+NAD™ infusions. To start the next chapter of your life free from opioid addiction, call the office in Mercer Island, Washington.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are powerful painkillers and highly addictive drugs. Due to their effect on the area of your brain that regulates breathing, a high dose can quickly lead to respiratory arrest. The group of opioids includes heroin, as well as prescription medications such as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, codeine, and hydrocodone (Vicodin®).

What leads to opioid addiction?

When you take opioids, you’ll feel a rush of euphoria as they stimulate your brain’s reward system and trigger the release of endorphins. At first, you’ll continue to use the drug to relieve pain or because you seek the high. Over time, however, the opioids cause physical changes in your brain that make you crave the drug. At that point, you’re addicted.

What are the signs of opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction causes three key problems:

Impaired control

You can’t stop the cravings, so you can’t control your use of opioids.

Social problems

You’re so driven to take opioids that you avoid your normal daily activities and begin to ignore your responsibilities. 

Drug effects

As your body builds up a tolerance to the substance, you need to take larger doses to get the same high and fulfill your cravings. You’ll also have withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop using opioids. 

How is opioid addiction treated? 

Dr. Repass offers comprehensive medical treatment, helping you safely detox from opioids in 10-15 days using nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). NAD is naturally found in your body, where it’s essential for helping every cell produce energy.

As you take opioids, NAD levels in your brain decline. Dr. Repass treats this change with a megadose of NAD administered through a slow IV drip. Within days, your cravings stop and you safely detox as NAD restores brain function and improves mood and impulse control.

You’ll receive an infusion of BR+NAD™ every day for 10-15 days in the comfort of the Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment office. After the initial treatment, cravings for opioids are gone and the results are long-lasting. As part of your ongoing recovery, Dr. Repass offers holistic care to support your healing, including therapy to help you move forward in life. 

While NAD is very successful for most patients, Dr. Repass also has extensive experience helping patients detox using medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT diminishes withdrawal symptoms during your detox using the drug Suboxone®, while you also receive counseling.

If you need help breaking an opioid addiction, call Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment to schedule an appointment.

DISCLAIMER: NAD+ qualifies as a supplement under FDA guidelines. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Intravenous NAD+ therapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.