Those suffering from an addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers can obtain the help they need through the use of medications that have been proven to be effective. Some of these medications that can be included in a patient’s individualized treatment plan are:
Methadone: A synthetic drug, methadone is designed to help cease withdrawal symptoms and lessen the intensity of drug cravings. Methadone, an opioid agonist, does not create a sense of being high, which allows patients to successfully wean from opioid use.
Subutex: Containing buprenorphine, Subutex can dull withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings to use, as buprenorphine works to block opioid receptors in the brain. Subutex is classified as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist.
Suboxone: Like Subutex, Suboxone contains buprenorphine, however it also contains naloxone, which helps prevent against overdose. This medication is effective in stopping withdrawal symptoms, however if a patient attempts to abuse it or mix it with other opioids, withdrawal symptoms can occur.
A medical professional will determine a patient’s medication, as well as his or her dosage. All dosages can be adjusted if necessary.
At East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer numerous services designed specifically to provide individuals who are in a medication assisted treatment program with support. Each staff member is certified in their area of expertise, including all doctors, counselors, and nurses. All staff members remain dedicated to providing the highest level of care to each patient. Some of the services we provide include the following:
- Individual therapy sessions, which are effective in helping individuals work through their emotions, feelings, thoughts, successes, and setbacks in a private, one-on-one setting with a counselor, can further patients’ recovery processes.
- Group therapy sessions, of which are led by qualified addiction counselors, encourage patients to obtain support and guidance by sharing their experiences with others who can relate.
By supplying medication assisted treatment that incorporates therapeutic means, we, at East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers, can help patients restore their lives to ones that are filled with happiness, good health, and sobriety.