How To Be Successful?

In order to change...you must WANT to change.

You must...

Cut the ties you have with the people who are active in your drug life.

You must...

Remove yourself from the environment n which you score and use drugs.

You must...

Get in touch with spirituality, ask for help fro a power greater than yourself.

You must...

Say NO when drugs are presented to you or if you are around drugs.

What Is Medicated Assisted Treatment?

Fact #1

Medication Assisted Treatment or Therapy (MAT) is used in conjunction with counseling and behavior modification to treat substance use disorder. MAT is primarily used to treat opioid or heroin addiction.

Fact #2

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is classified as a pharmacotherapy, or a therapy that uses medication to treat a medical condition.

Fact #3

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) recognizes that addiction is a medical condition that responds to medication such as buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv, Bunavail), Methadone and naltrexone (Vivitrol). We offer buprenorphine at our clinic.

Treatment Success Rates

“Buprenorphine is the most important advance certainly in heroin and opiate treatment if not all addiction treatments in the last 30 years,” added Dr. Alan Leshner, former director of the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, read the full article here.

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Buprenorphine is 6 times safer than Methadone and less likely to overdose.  Read More.

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Buprenorphine success rate in medical studies where patients stop using opioid pain medications in a sustained fashion by using suboxone is approximately 50%.  In our practice, the success rate is much higher with 90% maintaining sobriety long term.

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The rate of success using no MAT IS 8.6%. Read More.

Steps To Recovery

01

Recognizing

Realizing you have an addiction problem you can’t control yourself.

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Understanding

Understanding addiction is a physiological medical condition that can impact any person at any stage of life.

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Seeking

Seeking help to address your addiction through the support of family and friends, counseling, behavioral modification and medication as needed.

What Is Addiction?

American Society of Addiction Medical Public Policy Statement

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.  Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors 4/12/2011.

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