Medication Assisted Treatment Services
Medication Assisted Treatment services prescribe medication to clients, alongside counseling and behavioral therapy, to assist them in achieving their treatment objectives. Medication Assisted Treatment is an evidence-based practice with a focus on individualized patient care. While it is valuable, Medication Assisted Treatment is not required or appropriate for every client.
Medication assisted treatment options include:
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone® and Subtex®)
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol®)
Subxone is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on opioids. Suboxone must be used with a drug recovery program such as counseling.
How does Suboxone work?
Opioids attach to receptors in the brain, producing three main effects: reduced respiration, euphoria, and decreased pain. The more opioids ingested, the greater their effect is. The process of opioids binding to the opioid receptors can be thought of as a mechanical union – the better the fit, the greater the opioid effect. Suboxone (Buprenorphine) is different. It too binds to the receptors, however, without a perfect fit. As a result, the Suboxone tends to occupy the receptors without all of the opioid effects. The receptor is tricked into thinking it has been satisfied with opioids without producing strong feelings of euphoria, and without causing significant respiratory depression. This, in turn, also prevents that receptor from joining with full opioids.
For more information about Suboxone, its use, and its side effects, please visit www.suboxone.com.
Vivitrol is a prescription injectable medicine (Naltrexone) used to treat and prevent relapse to opioid dependence. Vivitrol must be used with an alcohol or drug recovery program such as counseling.
How does Vivitrol work?
The active ingredient in Vivitrol, Naltrexone, works as a “blocker.” It attaches to certain opioid receptors in your brain and blocks the pleasurable feelings associated with taking opioids. After you receive a dose of Vivtrol, its blocking effect will slowly decrease until it is no longer effective. The dose must be repeated every four weeks to maintain its effectiveness. It is important to know that you should not try to overcome the Vivitrol blockade by taking opioids. Using opioids in the amounts you used before starting Vivitrol treatment, or even lower amounts, could lead to overdose or death.
For more information about Vivitrol, its use, and its side effects, please visit www.vivtrol.com.
Ambulatory Detox is a three day program in which, in a controlled fashion, we transition a client from heroin and pain pills to another opioid medication (Suboxene®/Subutex®) to minimize their symptoms of withdrawal.
All treatment services are provided by licensed professionals, in compliance with OHMAS and Sojourner Recovery Services Standards of Care.