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Easy 4 step process to begin treatment.

  1. Initial screening and intake

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Stop Pain Pill Dependence

With Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Methadone and Vivitrol medication for the treatment of dependence on opiate based prescription drugs. Including but not limited to Hydrocodone, Lortab, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Heroin/ Morphine and Dilauds.

VIVITROL is the first and only non-addictive, once-monthly, time-released medication (naltrexone in a different form) that, when combined with counseling, is proven to help prevent relapse to opioid AND alcohol dependence.

For persons who have detoxed from opioids especially after an inpatient hospital stay, the VIVITROL injection helps prevent relapse when take for a period of 3-6 months, and in some case, up to 12 months may be needed based on patient experiences thus far.

VIVITROL blocks opioid receptors in the brain while a client works with the counselor and/or psychiatrist with individualized counseling.

There is no withdrawal once Vivitrol is stopped. A client may stop VIVITROL when they feel ready or when their cravings grave diminished.

 Buprenorphine (Suboxone is buprenorphine plus naloxone) is what is known as a partial agonist.

Opioid Agonists are part of a class of drugs that can cause an opioid effect like heroin, hyrdocodone, oxycodone, and methadone. Opioid Antagonists are part of a class of drugs that can reverse and block the effects of agonists drugs. Narcan which has become very well known because it is used to fight overdoses helps reverse heroine or opioid overdoses.

Buprenorphine can act as both an agonist and antagonist. It binds to the opioid receptors in the brain but only partially binds to these receptors. But it binds enough to stifle cravings and withdrawal from opioids.

When all the receptors are occupied with Buprenorphine, opioids have no added effect. So depending on the dosage of opioids taken, taking more will not help produce the “high” that may be desired.

Also, if Buprenorphine is taken too soon after taking opioids, this can cause withdrawal to occur, and that is why it is recommended that a person be free of all opioids before starting on Buprenorphine.

Buprenorphine normally allows a person more flexibility in how often they need to visit the doctor’s office and in scheduling.

Methadone, heroin, morphine, and certain prescription pain pills are within a group of drugs known as opioids.

These opioids affect the brain’s ability to sense pain, mood changes, and other various emotions. What makes Methadone different are it’s long-acting effects  normally 24 hours or more. These effects include inhibiting the craving for other opioids.

 

Methadone is taken orally once a day which helps avoid injecting needles and the harmful effects of oral opioids by mouth once a day. The ultimate benefit is staying away from the risks of hepatitis and HIV (when injecting needles). So being on methadone can help you live a healthier lifestyle free from the constant stress of where the next illegal drug is going to come from.

Many clients have commented on the fact that methadone helps them feel “normal” for the first time in a long while. Methadone is not a cure for addiction. It must be part of a comprehensive psychosocial program that included a treatment team involving a physician, nurse, and counselor. All of these things together are part of the ideal recovery program.

It should be noted that because methadone is a highly regulated class II narcotic, schedules of attendance to the doctor’s office do not become very flexible until some time in treatment has passed with positive progress.

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