Opioids Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Every day, 115 people die from an opioid overdose in the United States. This statistic drives Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, to offer comprehensive opioid addiction treatment to help put an end to the disease. Using a multipronged approach that addresses the mind, body, and emotional well-being, Dr. Surasky helps his patients in Great Neck, New York, break the chains of opioid addiction. To learn more about opioid use disorder, call or use the online scheduling agent to book a consultation.

Opioids Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of narcotic drugs, either derived from the opium poppy plant or manufactured synthetically, that were originally introduced to reduce pain. Opioids bind to opiate receptors in your brain to prevent you from feeling pain, while also promoting an overall sense of well-being. The most common opioids are:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl

As pain relievers, opioids do their job well, but the risk for addiction is high as witnessed by the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from an opioid use disorder.


What is opioid addiction?

While opioid addiction is the common term for the disease, a more apt label is opioid use disorder in order to reflect the many areas that the disorder involves.

To start, addiction and dependency are part of the disease, and they are different. Dependency describes the body’s reliance on the substance in order to avoid withdrawal. In other words, when the drug is taken away, your body enters withdrawal.

Addiction describes the processes in your brain that the drug use takes over. Opioids attach to receptors in your brain and essentially rewire your brain in order to receive more of the drug. This leads to uncontrollable cravings and the inability to control your use of opioids. It also leads to a buildup in your tolerance levels for opioids.

How are opioid use disorders treated?

Dr. Surasky is both a neurologist and addiction specialist, which makes him uniquely qualified to tackle your disease from every angle. To start, after you’ve detoxed from opioids (Dr. Surasky can help you find the necessary resources for this), he recommends a monthly injection of Vivitrol® in order to ward off relapse. Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist that attaches to the receptors in your brain to prevent the opioids from attaching. In effect, this prevents you from getting high.

In addition to the Vivitrol, Dr. Surasky offers one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and recommends participation in 12-step programs. This approach addresses the many areas involved in a substance use disorder to ensure your long-term success in taking back control of your life.

For comprehensive opioid addiction treatment, call Dr. Russell Surasky or request an appointment using the online form.