Your Guide to Hepatitis C and Opioid Addiction Recovery

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Opioid Addiction Recovery Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you having any withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, insomnia, nausea or vomiting?
  • Are you currently using alcohol or recreational drugs, including injectable drugs?
  • When was your last set of blood and urine tests?
  • Have you been tested for hepatitis C?
  • How would you rate your desire or craving for opioids today?
  • What motivated you to seek treatment for opioid addiction? Are you currently participating in a support group or self-help program?
  • What symptoms are you experiencing, such as mood swings, worsening pain, or sleep problems?
  • How much, how often, and for how long have you been taking opioids?
  • Have you tried to cut back or control your use?
  • How strong or severe is your craving for opioids?
  • How has your opioid use affected your personal relationships or your ability to perform at work, school or home? Do you engage is risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex?
  • Do you have a personal history or family history of drug addiction or abuse?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your treatment medication?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your main concern about your current recovery treatment?
  • Do I need to see an addiction specialist?
  • What are my recovery treatment options?
  • Do medications for recovery treatment just replace one addiction for another?
  • What strategies can help me stay in treatment and recovery?
  • Am I at risk of other serious health conditions, such as hepatitis C?
  • How do my other health conditions affect my addiction and recovery?
  • How do you diagnose opioid addiction?
  • What is the difference between physical dependence and addiction?
  • What is drug addiction treatment?
  • What are the treatment options for opioid addiction and how long does addiction treatment take?
  • What role do support groups and self-help programs play in addiction recovery?
  • Would another medication do a better job of controlling my symptoms or cravings?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to my addiction or treatment medication?
  • What is the best approach to my opioid addiction recovery?
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Last Review Date: 2020 Mar 6
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  2. Prescription Drug Abuse. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prescription-drug-abuse/symptoms-causes/syc-20376813 
  3. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) Frequently Asked Questions. National Institute on Drug Abuse. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment/frequently-asked-question...