Medically Assistance Treatment Programming
Suboxone® (buprenorphine) is an option for our patients suffering from severe opiate use dependency. Pain medications, like codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, can be highly addictive. These pain medications and other drugs like morphine and heroin are classified as opiates. If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate dependency, we can help. Affiliated Clinical Services (ACS), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provides therapeutic interventions, including medication to reduce physical and psychological cravings for opiates to help our patients benefit fully from treatment.
Suboxone® (buprenorphine) is an FDA approved opioid partial agonist. An agonist is a chemical that binds to a receptor of a cell and triggers a response by that cell. Agonists often mimic the action of a naturally occurring substance. At low doses, buprenorphine produces sufficient agonist effects to enable opiate-addicted individuals to discontinue the use of opiates without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Medication Assisted Treatment will be provided in an intensive outpatient treatment setting.
Naltrexone is a medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat both opioid and alcohol use disorders.
This medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. It comes in a pill form or as an injectable. The pill form of naltrexone (ReVia, Depade) can be taken at 50 mg once per day. The injectable extended-release form of the drug (Vivitrol) is administered at 380 mg intramuscular once a month. Naltrexone can be prescribed by any health care provider who is licensed to prescribe medications. To reduce the risk of precipitated withdrawal, patients are warned to abstain from illegal opioids and opioid medication for a minimum of 7-10 days before starting naltrexone. If switching from methadone to naltrexone, the patient has to be completely withdrawn from the opioids.
As with all medications used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), naltrexone is to be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs.