Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
In order to provide the best treatment for you, you will first need to make an appointment. During
this appointment, one of our care professionals will conduct an assessment and a physical to better
determine any health problems. This will also allow us to provide and tailor the best opioid addiction
related treatment for you or your loved one. Once a decision is made, you will need to make follow up
appointments for prescription refills and probable referrals.
WHAT IS MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT?
It is the use of medications that deal with cravings to keep you from wanting opiates that are harmful
to you. Along with counseling, research shows this has the best outcomes for sobriety.
Vivitrol, which is also known as Naltrexone, is not considered a narcotic. Vivitrol also works with the brain
receptors by specifically preventing cravings. This drug can be prescribed in either oral or injection form. The
oral form of Vivitrol is generally taken once or twice daily and the injection form of this drug is administered
once a month. Both administered forms are covered by Medi-Cal. Since Vivitrol is not a narcotic, there is no concern
over sedation. However, the patient cannot take narcotics with this drug or it will cause withdrawal. Vivitrol and
Naltrexone may also be used for alcohol addiction. If you have private insurance and have any difficulty having this
drug paid for by your insurance, we can help.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Before beginning any addiction treatment, the patient must understand that commitment is an essential part of
dealing with this habit. It is recommended for all patients to attend their recurring drug screenings and office
visits to obtain prescription refills. The patient must also understand that counseling and Narcotic Anonymous
meetings are crucial for recovery. Due to the strength that opiates possess, the usual course of treatment for
narcotics involves relapse and retreatment; and because this is sometimes expected, there is no judgement, we are
here to help!
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