Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) is outpatient addiction treatment designed for people living with opioid use disorder (OUD). OBOTS are a type of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the gold-standard therapeutic approach for treating people with OUD.
OBOTs: The Medication
We treat patients with buprenorphine. We typically prescribe Suboxone®, which combines buprenorphine with naloxone and is generally considered the safer version of this medication.
Like methadone, Suboxone® works to reduce the strong cravings of addiction and reduce the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Unlike methadone, however, Suboxone can be prescribed in a doctor’s office rather than in a clinic. Suboxone occupies the same parts of the brain that drugs of addiction occupy – but there is no high associated with Suboxone. Our comprehensive Suboxone Maintenance Program includes medical intervention and treatment for long-term opioid dependence.
Expanding Treatment Options
OBOT programs were created twenty years ago to allow patients to receive MAT in treatment settings outside of federally regulated methadone clinics. Recent changes in regulations allow nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians assistants (PAs) to prescribe specific medications for patients diagnosed with OUD.
The Benefits of Suboxone
Research indicates that patients living with OUD who participate in OBOT programs with Suboxone show improvements in:
Patients living with OUD who participate in office-based opioid treatment show decreases in:
Illicit opioid use
Involvement with the judicial system
Treatment for the Whole Person
OBOT programs are about more than medication. While medications such as Suboxone® help patients reach a mental, physical, and emotional space where they can fully participate in all aspects of treatment, Pinnacle OBOT programs also include the following treatment components:
Individual, group, and family counseling
Community Support: NA, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery
Not every Pinnacle OBOT has the resources to provide all the services above in one location, but every Pinnacle OBOT does have working relationships and referral pathways to providers who can. Our staff works with all OBOT patients to ensure they receive a comprehensive range of support.
Why Choose a Pinnacle OBOT?
Timing is everything.
We accommodate diverse schedules, patient goals, and family needs.
Most of our locations are open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. at least three days a week. Many of our locations offer Saturday appointment times, as well.
These hours allow us to meet the needs of our patients regardless of their scheduled hours (1st, 2nd or 3rd shift), family commitments, and continuing educational goals.
Experienced, Professional, Dedicated Staff
We staff our OBOTs with carefully selected, multi-dimensional teams with a wide range of skills and areas of expertise. The moment you choose a Pinnacle OBOT, we begin working to help you live life on your terms. After addressing basic needs such as shelter, food, and mental/physical health, we help you with ongoing education, legal issues, and career goals. Our team is dedicated to helping you succeed in not only in treatment, but also at home, at work, and in your community.
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