While detoxing off any addictive substance is unpleasant, opioid withdrawal is particularly challenging. Often, doctors will prescribe medications that can make the withdrawal process more manageable. This makes clients more comfortable, reducing the risk of relapse. At Grace Recovery, we provide two addiction treatment medication options. Because each medication has its benefits and drawbacks, we work with clients to select the best medication regimen for their unique needs.
Buprenorphine and Naloxone
Suboxone, a brand name for a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is one addiction treatment medication we offer to our clients. The dose varies for each person and is determined by a healthcare practitioner. This medication is used when withdrawal symptoms begin.
This substance acts as a partial agonist, which means that it serves as a less dangerous replacement for the opioids the client was taking before entering treatment. In replacing the substance, clients experience less severe cravings during detox.
Because this addiction treatment medication has potential for abuse and can create further withdrawal, we limit the use to detox only in order to help with withdrawal symptoms. Clients are tapered off of this medication during detox. This is to prevent the need for a second detox process that is often necessary after the long-term use of Suboxone.
Another option for medication assisted treatment at Grace Recovery is naltrexone. Naltrexone is the generic name for the addiction treatment medication Vivitrol. This medication acts as an opioid antagonist, meaning that it blocks the effects of opioids. This reduces cravings by blocking the opioid receptors, making getting high more difficult. Doctors administer this medication via a monthly injection.
Unlike Suboxone, Vivitrol cannot produce a high, meaning it has no potential for abuse. This makes it much safer for long-term use. However, Vivitrol has one key drawback: clients must be clean of opioids for seven to ten days before receiving their first dose. This means that clients must get through detox first without the support of medications that can soothe their intense cravings.
Which Addiction Treatment Medication Is Right for You?
Which addiction treatment medication clients use, or whether they use any at all, varies from case to case. The professionals at Grace Recovery will explain your options and help you make the choice that’s right for you.