Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Prescription painkillers, morphine, and heroin are all opioids that are extremely addictive in nature. Prescription pain relievers, such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin, are often taken recreationally for the euphoric feelings that they produce. While heroin is considered to be an illegal substance, both morphine and prescription painkillers are regularly prescribed to treat mild to severe pain. Despite how and why an individual begins using these substances, all are notably addictive when abused.

Opioids are taken orally, snorted, injected, or smoked and affect the brain and central nervous system. By suppressing sensations of pain, these substances cause individuals to experience a euphoric feeling when abused. Individuals often continue to seek the relaxed and euphoric feelings that are produced when opioids are consumed, which can ultimately lead to addiction. If the abuse continues and progresses, individuals will develop a tolerance for the specific drug, which will then require the individual to take higher dosages of the substance in order for the desired effects to take place. If they do not obtain higher dosages, painful withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur, which makes it increasingly more difficult to refrain from continued use.

Treatment options are available to help an individual break free from the cycle of opioid addiction. One of the safest and most effective treatment options available is medication assisted treatment. This form of treatment uses specific prescription medications to lower cravings, lessen withdrawal symptoms, and decrease the harmful effects of opioid abuse so the patient can focus on his or her recovery. Therapeutic interventions, such as group and individual therapy, are also used in combination with medication assisted treatment in order to tackle both the physical and psychological sides of addiction and recovery.

West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to help you break free from the chains of opioid addiction. Our medication assisted treatment is a safe and effective route to take in order to overcome an addiction to opioids. Our therapeutic options provide patients with additional opportunities to successfully achieve long-term recovery. The dedicated staff at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to help you regain control of your life.

Types of Treatment Offered at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

As a network out of outpatient providers, West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides treatment to individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids. Our medically supervised medication assisted treatment options allows individuals, aged 18 and older, who have been struggling with an opioid addiction for a year or longer to have the opportunity to receive the support and help required to overcome an addiction. Our dedicated staff includes physicians, nurses, and counselors who are trained in the field of addiction. Staff members will work with patients on an individual basis to determine the correct medication dosages, as well as which therapeutic interventions would be most beneficial for their treatment plans.

Medications and therapeutic interventions offered at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers include:

Methadone: Methadone is commonly used to prevent cravings and decrease the symptoms often associated with opioid withdrawal. Patients given methadone will not experience the euphoric high that takes place when an opioid is taken, which allows them to focus on recovery with a clear mind. Methadone is typically taken daily and specific dosages will be determined by the patient’s physician based on their specific treatment requirements.

Suboxone: A combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone is given to diminish cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is the only medication given in treatment that can trigger withdrawal symptoms if an opioid is introduced into the system while Suboxone is being taken. Because of this, it is important to discuss any additional medications or substances that are being taken to avoid harmful side effects. Suboxone is given daily with dosages varying depending on the needs of each individual patient.

Subutex: Subutex is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist that contains buprenorphine as its main component. Subutex works to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms by blocking the effects of opioids within an individual’s brain. Given daily, Subutex allows patients to focus on their recovery without experiencing any painful withdrawal symptoms.

Vivitrol: Given via injection once monthly, Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication that is used to reduce opioid cravings. The active ingredient in Vivitrol is Naltrexone.

Individual and group therapy: West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believe that in order to increase the efficacy of the medication assisted treatment options available, therapeutic interventions must be incorporated in treatment as well. We offer both individual and group therapy sessions for all of our patients. Individual sessions take place between a qualified counselor and patient, which allows patients the opportunity to openly discuss their treatment and progress in a one-on-one setting. Group sessions are counselor-led sessions that provide individuals with the opportunity to meet with other patients who understand the struggles that go along with opioid addiction. These sessions provide patients with a sense of community and support amongst others who understand firsthand what it is like to work towards sobriety.

Why Consider Treatment at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Overcoming an addiction to opioids may seem impossible. However, there are safe and effective treatment options available to aid individuals in breaking free from the painful cycle of addiction. Although taking the first step to obtain professional help may feel overwhelming, receiving professional treatment can prevent an individual from experiencing additional physical and psychological issues that often accompany opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction can negatively impact an individual on both an emotional and physical level. Emotionally, opioid use can intensify any preexisting mental health conditions, which can make the recovery process even more burdensome. Since opioid use can worsen mental health conditions, it can also lead to the development of suicidal thoughts and actions. Physically, opioid addiction can cause vital organ damage, as well as the always-present risk for overdosing, which can turn fatal.

Individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids need to know that there is help available to overcome their chemical dependency. The compassionate and highly dedicated staff at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to help you or someone you love create an individualized treatment plan of action to overcome addiction. Help is just a phone call away.

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