The 3 Main Components of Medically Assisted Treatment
If you are looking to divorce yourself from the opioid addiction ruling your life, you will likely seek out some type of medically assisted treatment because the withdrawal from opioids is tremendously difficult to endure. In fact, it is so difficult that it prevents many people from getting sober their first time through rehabilitation.
Of the total number of North Americans entering treatment for opioid addiction, only 22 percent were first time entrants. It may seem depressing at first that so many people in treatment have done it before and need to do it again. However, it is important to remember that relapse isn’t failure. Actually, relapse is a normal part of the recovery process and it signals a time to return to treatment or to modify the existing treatment. A proper treatment program will be prepared with a response to relapse.
Seeking out medication assisted treatment is one way of increasing your chances of success at both detoxification and later sobriety. But, it is important to keep in mind that medication assisted treatment isn’t just about taking medications. It is a more thorough program that addresses multiple aspects of addiction and recovery.
Medication is certainly an important part of medication assisted treatment. It’s in the title, after all. But, proper medication assisted treatment also includes counselling and support from family.
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When it comes to the medication, the National Institute on Drug Abuse lists the options available:
- agonists, e.g., methadone (dolophine or methadose), which activate opioid receptors
- partial agonists, e.g., buprenorphine (subutex, suboxone), which also activate opioid receptors but produce a diminished response
- antagonists, e.g., naltrexone (depade, revia, vivitrol), which block the receptor and interfere with the rewarding effects of opioids
Of these available options, partial agonists, like suboxone, are the most promising.
Approved by the FDA in 2002, suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means it tricks the brain into thinking it has been activated by a full opioid (like heroin). Because of this, withdrawal is less painful and cravings cease.
Naloxone is a medication that blocks the effects of opioid medication (such as pain relief or euphoria) that lead to opioid dependence and addiction. Naloxone creates a ceiling effect, which means that while it is active users cannot use full opioid or increased dosages of suboxone to get high.
In conjunction, suboxone’s two components reduce withdrawal symptoms, stop cravings, and prevent opioid abuse for a full 24 hours per usage. It’s truly remarkable.
Therapy is a component of most treatment programs because addiction disorders a person’s life and their thinking. Therapy can take many forms, including motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and faith-based counseling.
In order to break the habits and patterns that lead to dependence/abuse, people need to have access to qualified professionals. When you are looking for a rehabilitation program, try to find a treatment center that has an active therapist qualified in the type of counselling that you feel would work best for your needs and the needs of your addiction. For best results, therapists should have a masters or doctoral degree in psychology, counseling, social work, psychiatry, or related field from a regionally accredited university.
Remember that there isn’t a single definition of family that is going to work for every person and in every situation. For every person in treatment, there is going to be an individual definition of family. Common definitions rely on:
- Traditional family: parents, siblings, foster parents, and step families
- Extended families: grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc.
- Elected or intentional families—those people you are close to because you want to be and not because genetics insists you be—peers, partners, and godparents
The one thing all families will share is an emotional bond. No matter how much family is pushed apart, the connection they have with you will cause you to be affected by them and them to be affected by you. This is why you need these shared bonds to be strengthened by the process of medically assisted treatment and that will happen.
If you are ready to begin medically assisted treatment with suboxone or you simply want more information, contact SuboxoneDrugRehabs.com at 800-533-1341.