Opioid Treatment We Provide
Opioid dependence treatment for addiction to prescription opioids usually includes both: medications (like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone) and counseling/behavioral therapies. The aforementioned medications are able to work against the effects of opioids on the brain, while they can also relieve the cravings and patient’s withdrawal symptoms, thus keeping relapse at bay.
Opioid Treatment Program
The aim of the opioid treatment program is to reduce or completely eliminate:
- The use of illicit drugs
- Criminal activity
- The spread of infectious disease
Medications for the opioid withdrawal treatment and this type of addiction are administered in combination with behavioral treatments (or psychosocial supports), which is known as MAT – Medication-Assisted Treatment.
Opioid therapy should also improve the functionality and overall quality of the patient’s life. It provides Medical Assisted Treatment for patients diagnosed with the opioid-use disorder and should provide a “whole-patient” type of approach to the opioid treatment program. According to the research conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the most productive and successful therapy is to combine abovementioned medication with behavioral therapies.
Individualized Patient Care
The research also shows that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is most successful when it is focused on individualized patient care. The duration of this program may vary as it follows the rehabilitation stages that are custom made to meet the needs of a particular person.
Most recent findings show that the most potent opioid antagonists and agonists include naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine – all approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Methadone – is an opioid agonist that is able to completely eliminate withdrawal symptoms and relieve drug cravings.
- Buprenorphine – is a partial opioid agonist, less potent than Methadone.
- Naltrexone – is an opioid antagonist that works by completely preventing the opioid receptors to be activated, and instead of trying to suppress and control cravings and withdrawal, it treats opioid addiction by shutting down the rewarding effects like euphoria.
To learn more about opioid dependence treatment, opioid therapy and our opioid treatment program, feel free to contact our team at Strategic Mental Health.
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