Wherever you are in your recovery journey, Magnolia Medical Group in Denver, CO can help by providing safe, nonjudgmental outpatient medication assisted treatment for addiction. Our facility is staffed with professionals whose medical expertise can help you get your life back on track. We can help you recover from several different types of drug abuse and dependence, including addiction to prescription and nonprescription opioids.
What is a Medication-Assisted Treatment Center?
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What Are the Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment?
In several cases, choosing medically assisted drug fixation treatment may work more efficiently when it comes to helping a patient retain a drug-free lifestyle. In cases of severe dependence on narcotics, using a low-dose opioid in the context of intensive outpatient rehab to help the patient decrease withdrawal symptoms can be much safer for the patient. Though it may sound counterintuitive to give opioid users even more narcotics, this approach taken in outpatient rehab can likely save lives, take the edge off withdrawal, and facilitate a smoother recovery.
Patients who are addicted to opioids — whether these drugs are legally filled prescriptions such as oxycodone or morphine or illegally acquired “street drugs” like heroin — may be unable to manage withdrawal symptoms alone without taking more of their opioids, reinforcing the addiction. If the patient is dealing with opioid substance abuse, stopping the narcotic abruptly may trigger a cascade of severe, and at times life-threatening, withdrawal symptoms that can include the following:
- Muscle pain
- Mood swings, anxiety, or
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Heart palpitations
- Dilated pupils
- Blood pressure abnormalities
Not all facilities are equipped to provide medication-assisted treatment. It’s important to thoroughly evaluate outpatient programs to determine whether their mission, their staff, and their medical personnel’s credentials line up with the type of treatment you seek. Many facets of what works regarding substance abuse treatment and recovery are intensely personal to the patient — but when you are dealing with an opioid habit, withdrawal, and co-occurring disorders with the context of an outpatient rehabilitate program, it’s important to choose a rehabilitation facility that can boast extensive experience and medical credentials to match.
How Does MAT Work?
Opioids such as methadone or combination opioids and opioid blockers such as suboxone are usually given to opioid-addicted patients in low doses to aid in the weaning-off process while simultaneously preventing the withdrawal symptoms from making the patients too sick. Below is a list of commonly prescribed medical treatments a patient may encounter while in an outpatient facility.
Types of Medication-Assisted Treatment
Outpatient treatment for substance use at Magnolia Medical Group typically involves one or several types of therapy and psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Because this is an outpatient rehab program, our patients do not live in the facility with us. This allows them to integrate their new behavioral skills with their existing job, social group, and family life. Studies have shown that intensive outpatient treatment often results in better long-term outcomes than inpatient treatment.
Suboxone is a combination of the “partial opioid” buprenorphine and the opioid antagonist naloxone. These two drugs work together to block the opioid receptors in your brain, make your withdrawal easier, and ultimately reduce your cravings for your drug of choice.
Naltrexone works similarly to suboxone in that it blocks the effects of opioids in your brain. It may help you lower your dependence on an opioid over time.
Vivitrol is a brand-name form of naltrexone. The main difference here is that Vivitrol is an extended-release medication, which means that it can stay in your body for a longer period of time and possibly have a more powerful effect.
Sublocade is an injection you take once a month. It is an extended-release form of the medication buprenorphine.
Zubsolv is another brand-name medicine that is similar to Suboxone. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone as well, but it can be injected, where Suboxone is taken by mouth in pill form.
Lucemyra is a brand-name drug that can help many patients cope with symptoms of withdrawal when they have abruptly stopped taking their opioid of choice. It comes in tablet form, and, like the others on this list, can only be prescribed by your medical provider.
Getting Started on Your Recovery
Are you ready to begin your recovery journey? While it’s possible to go through opioid withdrawal on your own, attempting this can be dangerous. Get help from experienced professionals who can monitor your withdrawal symptoms and medications while at the same time overseeing your counseling and mental health recovery.
Recovery Begins Here in Denver, CO
Starting your recovery can be challenging. However, when you choose an intensive outpatient treatment program in Denver that combines medication-assisted treatment with the behavioral health tools you’ll need as you learn how to live differently, you will have a greater chance of success. Contact Magnolia Medical Group in Denver, CO with any questions or concerns and start getting your life back from addiction today!