While therapy and life-skills counseling is a crucial part of every recovery, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is proven to be the most successful treatment for opiate addiction. We offer methadone, Suboxone®, and Vivitrol treatment to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and craving for opioids.
While medication can ease the cravings and physical symptoms of withdrawal, true recovery comes from a combination of medication-assisted therapy and therapy. Our treatment programs include individual, family, and group therapy, education, life-skills development, and twelve-step meetings.
Methadone, a synthetic drug, is the most successful of the medication-assisted treatments (MAT) for opiate addiction. The initial goal of methadone treatment is to free you from the withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop taking a drug such as heroin, making it easier to avoid using the drug and to begin a recovery program. Methadone does not “cure” addiction. It is a powerful and addictive drug that must be used with caution and under the care of a licensed treatment center/physician.
You may be physiologically addicted to opiates if you have been taking heroin or other opiates daily for extended periods of time and exhibit symptoms of withdrawal when you stop using these drugs. Along with irritability and cravings to use opiates within eight hours of discontinued use, the most common signs of opiate withdrawal are runny nose, large pupils, eyes tearing, sweating, chills, diarrhea, yawning, nausea, cramps, insomnia, joint pain, and gooseflesh.
Methadone substitution for opiates is only part of the program for success. We believe recovery requires physical health, mental health, and the ability to develop healthy relationships. We support you through a full range of services, including psychological counseling and medical examination.
Another form of MAT is Suboxone or buprenorphine hydrochloride. Like methadone, it works to reduce the strong cravings of addiction while also reducing the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Unlike methadone, Suboxone can be prescribed in a doctor’s office rather than in a clinic.
Similar to methadone, Suboxone occupies the receptors in the brain that would otherwise be occupied by an addictive drug (such as heroin or prescription pain killers). However, when taking Suboxone as treatment for an opiate addiction, you will not get high and will be able to function normally.
Endeavor House, Recovery Works, and most of our outpatient facilities offer monthly injections of long-acting Vivitrol (Naltrexone) after detox. Scientifically proven to reduce opioid cravings and prevent relapse to heavy drinking for alcoholics, it is covered by many prescription plans.
Pinnacle Treatment Centers facilities are CARF accredited with decades of delivering positive, life-changing outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Our team of credentialed physicians, nurses, clinicians, administrative and support staff provide a full continuum of quality care that includes detoxification for residential and outpatient clients as well as transitional living programs. We treat the individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being.Learn More