For opiate addiction there are 2 main treatment options when it comes to Medication-Assisted treatment:
Buprenorphine or Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone)
Buprenorphine or Suboxone®(buprenorphine/naloxone) is a type of medication replacement therapy. It itself is an opiate, however its chemical structure makes it fundamentally different than any other opiate out there. It is safer than most other opiates, does not usually create a “high”, and is even useful for the treatment of chronic pain. When taken appropriately, patients no longer have “cravings” to use opiates and also don’t experience the withdrawal syndrome that is common when they detoxing.
Buprenorphine is used in most opiate detox centers, however its use has been found to be much more effective when used longer term. Once stabalized on the medication, we work with each patient individually and develop a taper plan that gives them the best chance for sustained success.
For some people, Suboxone® therapy isn’t the right choice for a variety of reasons. That is why we also offer Vivitrol® as one of our alternative opioid dependence treatment options to help aid in your recovery. Vivitrol® is an injectable form of naltrexone that blocks the opioid receptors in your brain. This means that even if someone slips up and decides to use an opiate they don’t feel any effect. It has also been shown to reduce cravings as well as provide a safeguard in the event of relapse. Each injection lasts for approximately 30 days. Vivitrol can also be very effective for alcohol use disorders.
Our doctors are also well aware of the medical and/or psychological issues that arise during drug and alcohol treatment. Whether it be depression/anxiety, post-operative pain control, or quitting smoking our doctors are here to help.
We are committed to helping you in any way we can by offering a variety of treatment options.