Addiction Recovery Services
We understand that your problem is difficult and overwhelming, which is why we provide a comfortable environment and an understanding approach to your condition. Our providers will get to know you and your situation and provide a recommended outpatient program that works for you.
ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAM FAQ’s
Why should I consider an Outpatient Buprenorphine / Suboxone program?
An outpatient program allows you to continue your daily life and get used to no longer taking opioid pain medications or using Heroin in your real world environment. It allows you to slowly taper off of the substances of dependence with minimal to no withdrawal symptoms over time and it has a much higher success rate than inpatient rapid detox programs.
Vivitrol: What is this and how does it work?
Vivitrol is a once a month injection of Naltrexone. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that will when given once a month will block any effect of an abused Opioid and prevent that opioid from getting into the body. It is given to people who are addicted to opioids and have been detoxed off of the opioids and helps to prevent relapse by not allowing an opioid back into the body if someone relapses and tries to abuse and opioid while they are in recovery. It is most effective for a few months up to a year after a detox program. A simple once a month brief visit to our office for an injection is all that is necessary for Vivitrol treatment.
Is there anything else I should know or expect about the Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Center Program?
Yes. We will be closely monitoring your progress through drug screen testing to determine your compliance and success. We will be there for you when you need us to assist you with your insurance company requirements to pay for your medications and we will always make sure that we respond to any questions or problems that you may have when you call our office.
What is Opioid Dependence?
If you have been using Opioid prescription pain medications or Heroin on a regular basis your body has become dependent on these medications or substances and needs them to function every day.
What is Opioid Withdrawal?
If your body is dependent on Opioid prescription pain medication or Heroin and you stop taking these medications or substances you will experience symptoms of withdrawal which may include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating , dizziness, weakness, fatigue, mood swings, skin irritation and overall malaise.
How can I get help for Opioid Dependence and Addiction?
The best way to get help is to seek care from an experienced Opioid Addiction Program.
How does an Opioid Dependence and Addiction Program Work?
It provides evaluation and management for your individual Opioid Dependence needs and recommends a comprehensive program to assist you with your condition.
Suboxone / Buprenorphine Detox Program at Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Center... Is this for me?
Our trained and certified Opioid addiction providers provide an outpatient option to assist you with your condition. They will get to know you as an individual and understand your circumstances and recommend a multi-disciplinary approach to assist you with your condition. At the core of this approach is the prescription of the medication Buprenorphine.
How do I enroll in the Substance Abuse Treatment Services and how can I prepare for my first visit?
1. Simply call and make an appointment with our friendly competent staff.
2. If you will be starting treatment with Buprenorphine here is what you can expect.
a. You will need to complete the usual office paperwork so please bring a source of identification and insurance information with you.
b. You will be asked to sign an Opioid Treatment Contract with our office which explains our programs policies and procedures and requires you to follow these guidelines while under treatment in our program.
c. You will be asked for a urine specimen for documentation of a urine drug screen to determine baseline drugs in your system prior to starting the program and you will be monitored at ongoing visits with urine drug screens.
d. Buprenorphine can not be administered until you are in withdrawal from your drug of abuse. We will assess you on your first visit to determine the necessary dose of Buprenorphine that you may need and explain when it will be safe to start taking the medication. You will not receive the Buprenorphine in our office but will receive a prescription in our office with very specific instructions on dosing and time to start the Buprenorphine.
e. You will be given information regarding counseling options as well as follow up appointments and plan for monitoring your progress on the day of your first visit.
3. If you are starting Vivitrol what can you expect?
a. You will follow the similar steps for your initial visit as for Buprenorphine.
b. You must not have any opioid including Buprenorphine in your system for at least 72 hours prior to coming to our office.
c. Your dose of Vivitrol will be administered by our staff the day of your visit.
What is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is a medication approved by the FDA to assist patients with Opioid and Heroin dependence to slowly detox over time. Buprenorphine attaches to the same opiate receptors in the brain that Opiate pain medications and Heroin do. It has a stronger affinity for these receptors than any other opiate and it essentially blocks other Opiates from attaching to the receptors in the brain. Buprenorphine does not cause sedation or give you a high and its effects last more than 24 hours.
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