Medication Assisted Treatment

Our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves an opioid treatment program (OTP), that uses special medications to treat substance abuse disorders alongside regular counseling. Our Data 2000 certified doctors are qualified to prescribe and dispense such medications to our patients in order to help them transition from the abused substance to medication that assists with stabilization and recovery. The medication-assisted treatments we offer includes two innovative and proven medications: Suboxone and Vivtrol (depo-naltrexone).

Suboxone

Suboxone is a prescription medicine that comes in both film and tablet form and is meant to treat opioid dependence. Essentially, Suboxone prevents cravings for substances, which allows you to begin stabilization and recovery without intense feelings of withdrawal.

Taking the Medication

Suboxone is meant to be taken “sublingually,” or placed under the tongue to dissolve. This process normally takes about 5 to 10 minutes; during this time, you should avoid swallowing the medication or speaking for the medication to effectively be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Supporting Patients Taking Suboxone

It’s very important that as a family member or loved one that you continue to support the patient taking Suboxone

  • Understand that the patient will be “out of commission” every 24 hours, for those few minutes that they will be taking the medication. Try not to encourage any speaking during this time, so the medication can deissolve and work effectively.
  • Help them make a habit of taking their dose at the same time every day. Try to associate taking their medication with an everyday routine such as brushing their teeth or getting dressed in the morning. This is the best way to help your loved one establish a routine of taking the medication consistently because the activity itself will begin to serve as a reminder.
  • Make sure that your loved one continues to visit his or her physician in our clinic every 2-4 weeks for ongoing Suboxone treatment after they have stabalized. If they miss an appointment, they may not be able to refill the medications on time, and may even go into withdrawal, which could be harmful to their progress and health.

Suboxone

Vivitrol is another prescription medication that serves as an antagonist (blocking medication) and treats opioid and alcohol dependence; it is an injectable medication that is taken once a month. Vivitrol is utilized in patients to prevent relapse and is initiated only after detoxification and stabilization. It may also be used in patients who have completely tapered off of Suboxone.

How Vivitrol Works

Vivitrol reduces the probability of relapse by reducing opioid and/or alcohol cravings; the medication essentially binds to the receptors in the brain that are responsible for creating those cravings. Once you and your physician are ready, we will transition you to Vivitrol so that you can focus on complete recovery through counseling and support groups, without the fear of relapse.

For more information on our medication-assisted treatment programs, give us a call at our toll-free line: 832-210-3801, or check out our FAQs for patients and family members.