OPIOIDS

Whether you’re addicted to pain pills (Percocet, Oxycodone, Dilaudid, Fentanyl), Methadone, Suboxone or Heroin, we have treatment plans that can be adapted to your particular needs. Those that try to detox without assistance (cold turkey) are nearly 90% likely to relapse within the first 30 days. It is imperative to have a good plan and requires the help of family and loved ones to be successful in getting clean.

Detox

Detox (or detoxification) literally means to rid the body of a toxin. In this case, the toxin is an opioid (pain pills, heroin/dope, methadone) and the process of detox can take many forms from cold turkey to the use of Buprenorphine to slowly and in a controlled manner taper off of the opioid. The main reasons people end up relapsing before a detox is done is because the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal are so terrible that it can’t be tolerated anymore and the person ends up ‘fixing’ the symptoms by using again. Our goal is to minimize each of those withdrawal symptoms so that you can complete the detox and begin being clean.

Medication assisted detox can range from a rapid detox over days or a prolonged taper over weeks to months depending on your schedule and abilities to take time from your responsibilities. We work together to determine the best fit for you during the intake appointment.

We utilize Buprenorphine (Suboxone) to assist you in coming off of the opioid steadily in order to minimize any withdrawal symptoms. Once the Buprenorphine taper is completed, we consider medications (Clonidine, Gabapentin, Seroquel) that help with any residual withdrawal symptoms you may experience. Once clean, we highly encourage the use of non-opioid based MAT (Naltrexone, Vivitrol) in order to sustain abstinence.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) takes the form of longer term use of a medication (Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Naltrexone, Vivitrol) in order to prevent relapse and the harmful effects that come with using substances. Those patients that are the highest priority for MAT are those that are at high risk of relapse or serious consequences from using (particularly people that are using dirty needles to inject heroin in to their body).

Many people ask if MAT is merely trading one drug for another. If that person feels that injecting contaminated heroin in to one’s system is the equivalent of stabilizing on a controlled substance such as Buprenorphine or Vivitrol, then we can provide the individual with numerous studies that may help them understand the difference. We thoroughly encourage complete abstinence, however, when that method has been tried over and over without success then alternatives such as MAT must be explored.