The key to being well is finding the best treatment plan and approach that works for you and your lifestyle. Our doctors are here to map out the perfect path for you to get better.
Relapse Prevention Medications
Individualized treatment plans designed to prevent relapse may include therapy maintenance drugs such as Buprenorphine, Naltrexone or Vivitrol. These medications help patients with withdrawal symptoms, and help to change chemicals in the brain to fight cravings. Our MAT program will provide you with the support you need, through doctor visits, therapy sessions and peer support groups, to help you adjust to and maintain these medications.
Alcohol Use Disorder Medications
Naltrexone blocks the effects of feeling intoxicated in your brain, preventing the ability to feel euphoria from being high or drunk. Naltrexone is taken as a pill.
Acamprosate helps people who have already stopped drinking and want to remain alcohol free. It does not help with withdrawal symptoms. Acamprosate is taken as a pill.
Disulfiram helps people who have fully detoxed from drinking by causing the person to become sick if they consume alcohol while on this medication. Taken in pill form.
Opioid Dependency Medications
Buprenorphine reduces the cravings for opiates, and helps with withdrawal symptoms. Taken sublingually, this medication can be used for weeks to months to help the patient regain confidence in their abstinence, and become more emotionally stable. There are three stages to using this medication. In the initial evaluation our providers decide if this is the right match for you. In the stabilization period you level out to your long term dose. In the maintenance period you maintain the dose you are prescribed, while undergoing individual and group therapy.
Vivitrol is a muscular injection that is given every 30 days, to help block opiate receptors and help with cravings for opiates or alcohol. This shot is given to patients once they have cleared their body of all substances. This can also be a great option for maintenance without taking something daily. You will work with our providers to make sure you are clean and not allergic to the main ingredient in the shot, Naltrexone.
Though all medications can yield side effects, the most common is occasional headaches and mild nausea during the uploading phase of Naltrexone or Vivitrol injections. Clients report occasional nausea and constipation while taking Buprenorphine.
MAT can be fully covered by insurance. Bishop medical can review the insurance policy and what expenses may be incurred. When not covered the expense for buprenorphine can range to and around $90.00 per refill, Vivitrol $1500.00, and oral naltrexone from $20.00 to $100.00. These costs depend upon a variance of factors and our clients could find little or no out of pocket expense.
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