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By combining medication and counseling, we provide you with a holistic addiction treatment approach that research has shown to be effective in treating substance use disorders and sustaining recovery. Primarily used if you are suffering from opioid addiction (such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates), medication assisted treatment (MAT) can help by working to:

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

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade (injection)) is used to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers like morphine. Buprenorphine 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 physician offices, making this treatment easier to access. Additionally, buprenorphine lessens the effects of physical dependency on opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and increases safety in cases of overdose.

Naltrexone

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, binding and blocking opioid receptors, and is reported to reduce opioid cravings. There is no abuse and diversion potential with naltrexone.

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