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By combining medication and counseling, we provide you with a holistic addiction treatment approach. Research has shown this method to be effective in treating substance abuse disorders and sustaining recovery from addiction. This method is primarily used when an individual is suffering from opioid addiction, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. It can also be used for alcohol abuse in some cases. 

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) helps by working to:

  • Help you focus on developing the healthy thought and behavior patterns that will sustain recovery
  • Block the feel good effects of alcohol and opioids
  • Give relief from cravings
  • Normalize your body functions and lessen withdrawal symptoms


Buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade (injection)) is used to help people quit or reduce their use of heroin and other opiates, like prescription pain relievers. The medication has a ceiling effect, which means that taking more of it won’t produce stronger effects. This reduces the risk of abuse, which is why it can be prescribed or obtained in a physician’s office, making this treatment easier to access.
Additionally, buprenorphine lessens the effects of physical dependency on opioids. Things like, withdrawal symptoms, cravings and risk of overdose are significantly decreased.


Like buprenorphine, Naltrexone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. You can receive it in a pill form or as a once-monthly injectable (Vivitrol).

Naltrexone blocks the euphoric (feel-good) and sedative (calming) effects of drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. It works differently in the body than treatments like buprenorphine and methadone by binding to and blocking opioid receptors, and is reported to reduce opioid cravings. There is no abuse or diversion potential with naltrexone. 

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