Medication Assisted Treatment for Painkiller Addiction

Painkillers are a frequently prescribed form of prescription medication that are also commonly abused. Although they can be a safe method of treating pain when taken as medically directed, painkillers can also be easily abused due to their side effects. Once addicted, many individuals need professional help in order to overcome the physical and emotional results of a painkiller addiction.

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide individuals with the care and support they need in order to defeat an addiction to painkillers. Through the use of medication assisted treatment, patients are able to combat drug cravings, as well as painful withdrawal symptoms. In collaboration with medication, patients utilize a therapeutic approach in order to fully achieve the tools necessary in order to thrive in a sober manner.

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Types of Treatment Offered at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Central Virginia Compressive Treatment Centers offers outpatient treatment for both men and women, aged 18 and older, who have been battling addiction to painkillers for a year or longer. Our team of nurses, physicians, and counselors develop an individualized treatment plan for every patient that comes to our center. Treatment plans may include the following as treatment components:

Methadone: Most frequently used in medication treatment programs for decades, methadone is an opioid agonist that lowers cravings and depresses withdrawal symptoms. Methadone interacts with the brain receptors to allow the individual to function in a normal manner without suffering through painful withdrawal symptoms. Because methadone does not create a euphoric high like painkillers do, individuals using methadone are able to drive, attend school, and operate a car without being impaired.

Suboxone: First approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in 2002, Suboxone is used to lower cravings and diminish withdrawal symptoms by combining buprenorphine and Naloxone. The Naloxone portion of Suboxone works by preventing overdose while buprenorphine decreases withdrawal symptoms. Pending physician approval, individuals may be able to take home multiple days worth of Suboxone to avoid having to return to the clinic daily for treatment.

Subutex: Subutex is used to reduce painkiller cravings, as well as to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Like Suboxone, Subutex uses buprenorphine. It does not however contain Naloxone, which is why many individuals will begin treatment on Subutex and then transition onto Suboxone for long-term care until full sobriety is achieved.

Vivitrol: In comparison to Subutex, Suboxone, and methadone, Vivitrol is a long-lasting medication that is given once monthly via injection. The other options are typically given orally once daily, pending the treatment plan set in place by our medical team.

Individual and group therapy: in addition to the physical element of addiction, there is a large psychological component to it as well. Because of this, it is necessary for individuals to obtain therapeutic healing on top of medication assisted treatment. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer both individual and group therapy for all of our patients to take part in. Individual therapy allows patients to meet with counselors in a one-on-one setting where they can openly talk about their progress in the program, as well as ask any questions or discuss any concerns that may arise during treatment. Group therapy allows patients to come together in a counselor-led safe environment to discuss their progress, as well as any struggles that they are facing. Clients gain support and encouragement from other individuals who are also struggling with addiction to painkillers. These productive sessions create a strong comprehensive team environment for patients obtaining treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

Why Consider Treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Addiction to prescription painkillers is a rapidly growing concern in the United States. With countless deaths attributed to painkiller abuse and overdose, it is imperative that those struggling with addiction receive the help that they need and deserve.

Painkiller addiction is linked to countless physical and emotional problems, including seizures, organ failure, depression, brain damage, and, if left untreated, death. Luckily, there are treatment options available to help put an end to the painful cycle of painkiller abuse.

The professional and compassionate team at Central Virginia Compressive Treatment Centers is here to help you acquire the tools necessary to get back on the path to sober living. Overcoming an addiction to painkillers may seem like a daunting task, but it is not an impossible one. Contact us today to learn about how our services can be customized to help you achieve the drug-free life that you are capable of living.

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