SUBOXONE AND VIVITROL

ABS MEDICATED-ASSISTED TREATMENT PROGRAM 

Together, we tackle addiction.

Welcome to a journey that begins with freeing you from the grips of drug addiction. It’s a journey aimed at removing the role that substance abuse plays in your life and setting the stage for quality, long-lasting recovery.  ABS offers Suboxone and Vivitrol as part of its Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders. When combined with therapy, our MAT has a high success rate as you move through a safe, assisted recovery process. You’ll receive caring and non-judgmental support from professionals who understand addiction. 

What is Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA- approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.  MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.  Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. 

 

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone is used to treat individuals suffering from opioid addiction by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings while preventing misuse. When used as directed, the active ingredient buprenorphine attaches to the same receptors as other opioids, helping to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. When used as directed, the active ingredient naloxone reduces the pain-relieving and euphoric side effects often experienced from opioid drugs.

 

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction. It helps to relieve the physical and psychological symptoms of addiction, aiding the overall recovery process. It’s given once monthly via an intramuscular injection. Vivitrol is a nonaddictive alternative to other drugs like methadone that are used in the opioid addiction recovery process. 

Am I substituting one addiction for another? 

No. With successful treatment, the compulsive behavior, the constant cravings, loss of control and all of the other hallmarks of addiction vanish. ABS MAT is designed to reduce illicit opioid use.  When all signs and symptoms of the disease of addiction vanish, we call that remission, not switching addictions. Both Suboxone and Vivitrol must be used in combination with a comprehensive treatment program that includes individual group and family treatment. Addiction is just as much a psychological disease as it is a physical one. As such, all factors that influence addiction are treatable with the help of professionals.