The medications we use as part of our comprehensive treatment are Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone. Addiction is a chronic and treatable disease. Opioid addiction which generally corresponds with moderate to severe forms of opioid use disorder, often requires continuing care for effective treatment rather than an episodic, acute- care treatment approach. There is no “one size fits all” approach to opioid use disorder treatment. Currently, our various treatment options consist of our physician prescribed medication in combination with psychosocial counseling and other comprehensive services.
The medications we use as part of our comprehensive treatment are
Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone.
Our owners started our organization in 2000, with the goal of reducing the stigma associated with medication-assisted treatment (treatment for opioid addiction using medications such as methadone and buprenorphine). Our experienced staff strives to preserve a therapeutic environment where there is an atmosphere of recovery.
We focus on individualizing treatment for every patient we serve. We understand that when you trust a treatment provider of choice, we have a responsibility to maintain your confidentiality & safety while ensuring that you are receiving the highest quality of counseling and medical services. We strongly believe that it is a privilege to be chosen as part of your recovery team.
What is Methadone?
Methadone, a synthetic opioid that was developed in 1936 eliminates opioid withdrawal symptoms and blocks the effects of heroin and other opioids. Methadone is the most studied medication for opioid use disorder (OUD). Longer lengths of stay in methadone treatment are associated with superior treatment outcomes. Time in treatment is individualized to each patient’s needs. Our physicians will assist in comfortable & safe medically supervised withdrawal of methadone when appropriate.
Is methadone safe to use in the treatment of people with opioid use disorder?
Methadone taken under a doctor’s care causes no harm to any of your body organs and does not change your ability to think clearly. An adequate maintenance dose keeps you from having unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. People in treatment find their lives completely turned around for the better as a result of the medication in conjunction with our programs support and counseling. This treatment helps thousands of individuals end the roller coaster of opioid use disorder. They improve their health, work steady jobs, return to school, gain happier family and social lives, and finally start feeling good about themselves.
What Methadone dose is appropriate?
Medication level is individualized. A stable dose will allow 24 hours without overmedication or withdrawal. Medication levels vary due to the differences in body weight, metabolism, addiction history and opioid tolerance. The treating physician will decide the level appropriate and discuss with you.
What is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine was developed in the 1960’s as a mild analgesic that acts on the same pain receptors as other opioids. Buprenorphine is half as potent when compared to other opioids. This results in what is called a “ceiling effect” where higher doses do not increase effectiveness. Our Physicians will help you decide which medication will be most appropriate for your recovery.
How does methadone and buprenorphine work?
When individuals start using opioids, their brains require a constant supply of the drug to occupy the receptors in the brain. Methadone and Buprenorphine occupies these receptors, blocking the high and making the user feel more stable.
Methadone and Buprenorphine reduces the drug cravings and harsh withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse without creating the sense of euphoria associated with the abuse of morphine, heroin and other opioids. The effectiveness of Methadone and Buprenorphine lasts over 24 hour. Meaning that most people in treatment benefit from one daily dose.
What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone comes in 2 forms; a tablet taken daily or an injection needed monthly. It is used to help with cravings for both alcohol and opioids. It’s mechanism of action is not only reducing cravings but also to block the euphoric effects. Our physician will help you decide which medication will be most appropriate for your treatment.
In summary Methadone and Buprenorphine won’t get you high. They will however prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings as well as help you begin to feel normal again.