Methadone Detoxification & Heroin Addiction
An intensive program of medication and daily medical monitoring is combined with education, group and individual treatment.
Heroin addiction can be one of the most difficult of addictions to treat. The withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin dependence require treatment in order for counseling to be effective. The struggle for freedom from heroin addiction begins with appropriate medical treatment. This process can be done safely on an outpatient basis at the Family Counseling Center for Recovery. The FCCR staff is dedicated to helping clients achieve full recovery from this difficult addiction. By combining the best medical, psychiatric and therapeutic care available, we believe full recovery is possible. Our medical staff specialize in the treatment of heroin dependence. Our staff psychiatrists are all Addictionologists and will work with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan. Our medical staff are on-site daily and available to assist clients and their families in the treatment process.
At FCCR we offer a range of outpatient treatment options, including methadone and buprenorphine maintenance. For some clients this long-term use of medications allows them time to resolve issues in their lives that contribute to a pattern of relapse and active addiction. At FCCR we have found that clients who are able to stabilize on medications report improved quality of life, improved family relationships and improved ability to work. While on a maintenence program, counseling is focused on developing coping skills and a relapse prevention plan. Methadone and Buprenorphine are both highly addictive medications and should be used only as part of a carefully designed treatment program. The professional and respectful treatment offered at FCCR will help clients begin a recovery from this difficult addiction.
Methadone and Suboxone are both highly addictive medications and should be used when other treatment options have failed or are not available.
The following services are available at FCCR:
- Clonidine detoxification – This medication is useful in reducing symptoms of withdrawal. It is a safe non-addictive medication that can provide some relief of detoxification
- Methadone detoxification – long and short-term detoxification procedures for clients who require this medication
- Suboxone detoxification – This medication is an alternative to methadone and is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms as clients begin the detoxification process
- Methadone and Suboxone Maintenence programs – Long-term medication options to assist clients who do not request detoxification
- Naltrexone medication to reduce cravings once detox is completed
- Auricular Acupuncture to assist with reducing withdrawal symptoms
- Daily medical attention from a compassionate staff who specialize in the detox process
- Individual, group and family therapy to help repair damage caused by addiction
- Family programs to assist family members with their own recovery
- Non-addictive medications to reduce symtoms of sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression
Choosing the right treatment option for heroin addiction can be a complicated process. There are many options and treatments that claim a wide range of success. It is important to get all the facts as you make your decision. The treatment of heroin addiction is a difficult process. There are no easy, painless ways to recover from this addiction. Please remember that detoxification is only the first step in the recovery process. Once the detoxification is complete, treatment efforts must be focused on preventing relapse. Methadone and Buprenorphine are both used to assist clients with withdrawal. Both are addictive and must be monitored by medical staff. These medications should only be used in conjunction with counseling and treatment.
Adolescent clients who become dependent on heroin or prescription pain medication should avoid the use of Buprenorphine or Methadone without trying alternative treatment options first. Both of these medications will cause dependency and should be used only with a structured treatment program. Our medical staff can assist with both long and short-term inpatient care to address the medical needs of adolescents.
Referring Hospitals: Please call our Nursing Director at either office. If the nurse is not available please leave a message including the following information:
- Patient name
- Substance being abused
- Any psychiatric complications
- Referrals should arrive with copies of any hospital tests
Clients seeking Methadone treatment will be required to present a photo ID and pay $98.00 weekly or $14 a day to cover the first week of Methadone treatment.
Please call our office for information regarding the cost of Buprenorphine treatment options.
Heroin and Opiate Addiction Medications
Some people experience heroin and opiate withdrawal for as little as a week. Others may have long-term withdrawal symptoms. Long-term replacement medications can stop cravings and PAWS. Former users can typically take medications for as long as necessary.
Addiction medications for heroin and painkillers include:
- Methadone. Methadone is an opiate used for moderate to severe opiate addictions. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as heroin and painkillers, but methadone doesn’t get the user high. This helps suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Methadone clinics dispense the drug on a daily basis to prevent abuse.
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Buprenorphine 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.
Methadone and Suboxone are both highly addictive and should not be considered as the first line of treatment except as short tern detoxification options. Many clients who take either of these medications will find themselves dependent upon them. In spite of the risk associated with both methadone and suboxone, they can be beneficial and life saving for clients who require this level of intervention.
- Naltrexone. 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.
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