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Opioid Use Disorders Specialist

J. Kimber Rotchford, M.D., M.P.H.

Addiction Medicine Physician located in Port Townsend, WA

With over 2.1 million Americans living with opioid use disorders, the United States is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. As a board-certified addiction medicine physician, J. Kimber Rotchford, MD, provides customized treatment plans for opioid use disorders at his private practice in Port Townsend, Washington. If you’re living with an opioid use disorder, call Dr. Rotchford or request a consultation online today to start your recovery.

Opioid Use Disorders Q & A

What is an opioid use disorder?

An opioid use disorder is a type of substance use disorder characterized by the compulsive use of opioid substances, including prescription and illicit drugs like morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin. 

Opioids are either natural and derived from the poppy plant or synthetic and manufactured in a lab. They reduce pain and provide intense feelings of well-being and relaxation. Opioids also can create a physical dependence in just 4-8 weeks of use.

What are the warning signs of opioid use disorder?

Opioid use disorders cause a variety of disruptive symptoms. Some of the common indicators of opiate addiction or misuse include:

  • Taking more of the drug more often
  • Unsuccessful attempts to stop using the substance
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining and using opioids
  • Experiencing uncontrollable cravings and urges to use the drug
  • Continued opioid use despite increasingly negative consequences
  • Giving up other activities or responsibilities to use opioids
  • Difficulty completing obligations at work and home
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms

You might also distance yourself from family and friends, engage in risky behavior, and start to suffer from other health problems.

When should I talk to a doctor about opioid use disorder?

If you want to stop using opioids, contact Dr. Rotchford right away. The more quickly you can start treatment, the better chances you have of committing to your recovery. It’s also important to remember that the road to sobriety is rarely straightforward. 

Opioid use disorders are strongly rooted in your brain chemistry and activity, and it takes time and patience. Dr. Rotchford provides the treatments and support you need to navigate your journey.

How are opioid use disorders treated?

Dr. Rotchford provides highly customized treatment programs for opioid use disorders. He begins with a thorough consultation and exam.

Then depending on your needs, he creates a multidisciplinary treatment program, which can include medication like Suboxone®, counseling, support groups, and other therapies like acupuncture to help you enhance your overall health and wellness during your recovery.

Call Dr. Rotchford today or request an appointment online if you’re ready to start your opioid use disorder recovery.