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: buprenorphine (Suboxone) and Vivtrol (depo-naltrexone).
Buprenorphine (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.
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.
It’s very important that as a family member or loved one that you continue to support the patient taking 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.
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: 832-780-3960 , or check out our FAQs for patients and family members.