Medication Assistance for Your Opioid Addiction
Ultimate Treatment Center works with patients in Ashland, Kentucky, who have a long, active history of opioid addiction and require medication-assisted treatment. We work with Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol, which are potent options for medication that can assist in your treatment. Suboxone is typically used for people who have used for shorter durations and are not well-suited for Methadone. These medications can help stop the cravings, stabilize your mood, and make you functional again. We provide these options to anyone that's 18 years of age or older and has been addicted to opioids for more than one full year, is a current drug user, has a previous history of drug overdoses, or those who have struggled with abstinence-based treatment programs in the past.
We offer our detox assistance services for individuals who do not want to be on any type of maintenance program, but need short-term medication to get through a crisis period. After they've successfully completed their detox program, we'll start them on Vivitrol. Remaining abstinent once you've completed a drug rehab program can be difficult, but a low level of Vivitrol can help increase your chances. Vivitrol is not addictive and will not alter your mood, unlike other medications. Ultimate Treatment Center, in Ashland, Kentucky, offers these services to help you stay abstinent and give you the time you need to get your life back on track again.
Get the Long-Term Help You Need
Once you've been admitted, we provide individual counseling, intervention, case management, intensive outpatient treatment, family counseling, and group therapy sessions. Our program can last anywhere from six months to three years for medication maintenance. Even after you are discharged and successfully complete the program, we continue to provide counseling for support.
What Is Methadone?
Methadone has been used for decades to treat people who are addicted to heroin and narcotic pain medicines. When taken as prescribed, it is safe and effective. It allows people to recover from their addiction and to reclaim active and meaningful lives. For optimal results, patients should also participate in a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program that includes counseling and social support. Methadone is a medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates.
How Does Methadone Work?
Methadone works by changing how the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It lessens the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal and blocks the euphoric effects of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse.
Suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction. It is not for use as a pain medication.
Facts About Suboxone
Suboxone is also an opioid and can be used in place of methadone to control withdrawal symptoms from opioid withdrawals. It may be more suitable for specific groups of patients. It has similar side effects to methadone.
VIVITROL is a prescription injectable medicine used to:
Prevent relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detox. You must stop taking opioids or other opioid-containing medications before starting VIVITROL.
Treat alcohol dependence. You should stop drinking before starting VIVITROL.
To be effective, VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs such as counseling.
Facts About Methadone
You are voluntarily taking a medication called METHADONE. Methadone is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms from opiates/opioids (Heroin, Morphine, Dilaudid, etc.). It will keep you from craving opiates and will block the effects of opiates. Once stable on your dose, you should be able to function normally.
Methadone is an addictive drug. If you fail to dose regularly, you may develop withdrawal symptoms. methadone is a drug. If you take other drugs in combination with Methadone, it could be fatal. By other drugs we are talking about: tranquilizers, pain killers, amphetamines, cocaine, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and other central nervous system depressants. By fatal, we mean your heart could stop beating or you could stop breathing and you may die.
Because of the potential danger in drug interaction, you must inform the facility staff of any and all medications you are taking. We will require copies of prescriptions by other physicians that are treating you. You may be asked to sign a Release of Information allowing us to communicate with other health care providers that are treating you. If is for your health and safety that we ask you to comply with these requirements.
Some drugs do not interact well with Methadone. Just as you must inform the center staff of any and all medication you are taking, you must inform any doctor or dentist that is treating you that you are a methadone patient. That will insure that he/she will give you medications that interact well with Methadone. This will help to prevent your being given medication that will quicken the breakdown of your methadone and produce immediate withdrawal symptoms or slow down the breakdown of your methadone and cause you to be overdosed.