How do you escape from the misery and risks of drug addiction? Most people cannot do it on their own. They need help to return to normal, healthy living. Medication assisted treatment is one way to help those with opioid addiction recover their lives.
• Live at home while getting care.
• Continue working or going to school.
• Remain close to a supportive network of friends and family
• Learn the skills you need to live a sober life through therapy and education.
During the initial stages of recovery, the body must rid itself of drugs. This is called the detox period. Detox can last several days to several weeks depending on the drug.
Coping with withdrawal symptoms is often the most challenging part of detox. During detox, patients experience many uncomfortable symptoms. Some of these may include: nausea, vomiting, anxiety, irritability, sweating, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and confusion.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex) works in the same manner as methadone but is less closely regulated because the addiction potential is lower. Buprenorphine users can often take the drug home with them instead of going to a clinic every day to get it.
Naltrexone works the same way for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction. It stops the urge to use. It works for both addictions because alcohol and opiates activate some of the same receptors in the brain.
Naltrexone (Vivitrol). Naltrexone blocks receptors in the brain that produce alcohol’s pleasurable effects. It also subdues the urge to drink. Naltrexone may cause some nausea or headaches. It may be given via injection every four weeks.
Acamprosate (Campral). This medication relieves emotional and physical distress caused by alcohol addiction. Recovering alcoholics can start taking acamprosate after completing detox. Acamproseate reduces the urge to drink by preventing negative feelings like anxiety and depression.
Disulfiram (Antabuse). Disulfiram was the first medication approved for alcoholism. If a person taking disulfiram drinks, the medication causes side effects such as nausea and vomiting. The idea is that those taking disulfiram won’t drink if it makes them sick.
The Recovery Clinic is managed by Melvin Viney, APRN, a family nurse practitioner with special training in addiction medicine. He is licensed to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex) through the DEA. Our medical staff is committed to providing help for patients with drug and alcohol disorders. Mr. Viney’s collaborating physician is Seeley Feldmeyer, MD.
Call 620-873-2112 to schedule a free confidential screening
with Melvin Viney, APRN.
Buprenorphine Therapy and office visits are covered by most insurances.