If you’re addicted to opioids, you can safely detox without taking time off to enter an expensive inpatient program. Board-certified specialists and professionals at Overcoming Addictions LLC offer medically assisted treatment, a safe and effective program using medications you can take at home to stop your cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms. To get started on your path to recovery, call the office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where professional staff personally answer the phone 24/7. You can also receive medically assisted treatment no matter where you live through telehealth appointments.
MAT is a comprehensive program that has a high rate of success for treating opioid dependency. The treatment supports your detox and recovery using medications together with behavioral therapies that help you learn why you take opioids, and then find ways to cope with your triggers.
MAT works when a safe, evidence-supported medication is available to stop the cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by a particular substance. Currently, MAT is primarily used for opioid addictions, including illegal and prescription opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl.
You can get MAT for an alcohol dependency and other drugs. However, detoxing from these substances may involve several medicines and require more frequent appointments.
By comparison, detoxing from an opioid dependency needs only one medication, Suboxone®. Suboxone is safe, ensures you don’t go into withdrawal or overdose, and requires only occasional visits with your provider.
Suboxone contains two medicines, buprenorphine and naloxone. The medications work together to stop your withdrawal symptoms and cravings and to gradually normalize your brain chemistry.
You can safely take Suboxone at home because naloxone blocks the effect of opioids. As a result, you can’t overdose if you take too much Suboxone, try using it to get high, or take other opioids.
You take your first dose of Suboxone when you’re in the early stage of withdrawal. Most people reach that stage after being off opioids for 12-24 hours. However, your Overcoming Addictions LLC provider helps you determine when to take the first dose.
Then you continue taking a daily dose of Suboxone as your body detoxes. During this phase, you should immediately call your provider if you experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms, and they can adjust your dose as needed.
Your provider prescribes enough Suboxone to last until your next appointment. Regular visits, whether in person or through telehealth, are essential so they can monitor your progress and general health.
When your cravings stop, your provider adjusts your dose and you may be able to stop taking the medicine daily. At this stage, patients also start some form of therapy.
You can stay on a maintenance dose indefinitely. Deciding to stop taking Suboxone, or to switch to a different medication, depends on when you feel your cravings are gone. Overcoming Addictions LLC continues to provide medication management as long as necessary.
If you’re addicted to opioids and want to start medically assisted treatment, call the office any time of the day or night. Professional staff are always available to answer your call and help. You can also book an appointment over the phone.
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