There are a variety of evidence-based treatment options for an individual’s struggling with substance use disorders. There is strong evidence that treatment outcomes improve when patients incorporate medication-assisted therapy programs (MAT), with addiction counseling, sober community support, and peer and family support.
Options for opiate use disorder include
Opiate Maintenance Therapy (OMT)/Methadone
Methadone was the first drug to be approved for medication assisted therapy for opiate use disorder or opiate dependence. Although it has saved lives and has a role in modern addiction medicine, it comes with limitations, such as daily visits to a Methadone clinic.
Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT)/ Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) Treatment
Buprenorphine is a partial agonist for opiate receptors but has stronger affinity compared to most opiates of abuse like morphine or heroin. It is usually administered sublingually (under the tongue) but depot injections have also become available recently. Patients usually attend weekly visits initially and continue counselling and peer support groups.
Naloxone is time tested antidote for opiates. Naloxone in outpatient settings is used as a depot monthly injection. It reduces the craving for opiate and alcohol and is moderately successful in achieving long-term sobriety.
Options for Alcohol Addiction Medication-Assisted Therapy
There are several options for alcohol medication-assisted therapy including:
Patients dealing with addiction need to be treated carefully. The process of selecting a drug in medication assisted therapy is individually based on patient background, success or failure with any of the agent, and co-dependence to opiates or other drugs of abuse.
At Unique Health, we provide most of the above-mentioned treatment options except Methadone. If you are looking for Methadone treatment and we feel that it is the best treatment option based on your background, we would be happy to connect you with facilities that provide it.