The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency. Every year, thousands of people are dying from opioid addiction; millions more have a serious addiction that robs them of a productive life. Opioid addiction is notoriously difficult to treat, and relapse is an all-too common problem following traditional treatment programs. For the individual who needs a comprehensive treatment option, Brookhaven Hospital’s Medication Assisted Treatment offer hope and help to those who have been struggling with opioid addiction.
Opioid addiction, which includes heroin addiction and certain prescription painkillers, may be treated with medications like buprenorphine (Suboxone), which is a safe and effective medication when used as prescribed.
Medication assisted therapy works by inhibiting withdrawal symptoms and by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids. While their cravings are being managed, individuals can tackle the deeper issues that underlie their addiction.
One study involving the efficacy of medication assisted treatment concluded that:
The combination of buprenorphine [Suboxone] and intensive psychosocial treatment is safe and highly efficacious, and should be added to the treatment options available for individuals who are dependent on heroin.
While medication assisted treatment is not a cure for opioid addiction, it can be an effective complement to a robust treatment plan that helps individuals reduce their dependency and minimize their risk for relapse. Another study from the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that:
The most effective approach to treating a patient who has withdrawal is to prescribe a long-acting oral opioid (usually methadone or buprenorphine) to relieve symptoms and then gradually reduce the dose to allow the patient to adjust to the absence of an opioid. However, only licensed addiction-treatment programs (both office-based treatments and inpatient treatments) and physicians who have completed specific training regarding opioid drugs can administer opioids to treat opioid-use disorders. Such medically supervised withdrawal can also involve the use of nonopioid medications that help to control symptoms.
At Brookhaven Hospital, our licensed physicians are experienced and qualified for the safe, medication assisted treatment of opioid addiction using Suboxone, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
If you are or a loved one are interested in medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction, then please contact us today at (888) 298-4673.
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