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Addiction Medicine Specialist

Springridge Medical Clinic

Shinita Dudley, MD

Addiction Medicine & Board Certified Family Medicine located in Clinton, MS

It’s estimated that more than two million Americans suffer from an opioid addiction. Fortunately, addiction medicine can help eliminate cravings safely and assist you in achieving a healthier quality of life. At SpringRidge Medical Clinic in Clinton, Mississippi, Shinita Dudley, MD, specializes in addiction medicine and treatment for opioid addiction. If you’re interested in learning more about Suboxone® and other methods of care, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

Addiction Medicine Q & A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine is a branch of health care focused on diagnosing, treating, and promoting the recovery of people who suffer from the disease of addiction. Left untreated, addiction increases your risk of more serious health problems including heart disease, respiratory failure, and ultimately, death. 

Addiction medicine specialists like Dr. Dudley also work with family members whose functioning and health are negatively affected by a loved one’s addiction or substance use. 


What type of addiction medicine do you offer?

At SpringRidge Medical Clinic, Dr. Dudley specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of opioid addiction. Opioids are a group of drugs designed to treat and manage pain. Prescription medications that contain oxycodone and hydrocodone have mind-altering properties that increase your risk of addiction. 


What are the symptoms of opioid addiction?

The symptoms of opioid addiction vary from person to person and depend on the severity of your dependence. However, telltale signs include: 

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Poor coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Feelings of euphoria


As the addiction progresses, many people need higher, more potent doses to provide the same relief. In addition, you might experience hyperalgesia, a condition that increases your sensitivity to pain. 


When should I see a doctor regarding opioid addiction?

If you suspect you’re dependent on opioids, make an appointment at SpringRidge Medical Clinic right away. Even if you feel embarrassed, it’s important to seek help. Medical professionals, like Dr. Dudley, work to help you, not judge you. Opioid addiction is much easier to treat when caught in its early stages. 


What is Suboxone and how does it work? 

At SpringRidge Medical Clinic, Dr. Dudley offers addiction medicine treatment with Suboxone. Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone, two ingredients that make weaning off of opioids easier. They also prevent life-threatening side effects usually associated with withdrawal. Combined with counseling and behavioral therapy, Suboxone can help you break the cycle of addiction and improve your overall quality of life. 


Is addiction medicine right for me?

Only a qualified medical professional like Dr. Dudley can determine if addiction medicine is right for you. Following a review of your medical history, physical exam, and discussion of your unique symptoms, Dr. Dudley formulates a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs. 

If you’re struggling to battle the disease of addiction, Suboxone treatment may be able to help. Request an addiction management appointment at SpringRidge Medical Clinic by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.