A Happier, Healthier You
Our physician carries a special license to prescribe buprenorphine, otherwise known as suboxone or subutex, as well as naltrexone for the treatment of opiate addiction. During your initial consultation you will discuss what treatment option is best for you.
Medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine improves an individuals life by eliminating cravings and withdrawal. Essentially, the goal of treatment is for you to take medication once a day that will keep you from wanting more pills. The energy you have been expending worrying about your next dose can be redirected to your family, work or bettering your life. When a patient is stable on buprenorphine they often only have to be seen in the clinic once a month. The weaning process occurs at the speed the patients feels comfortable with.
Buprenorphine assists in the treatment of opiate addiction by binding to the same receptors in the brain as the opiates the patient has been abusing. This treatment is a partial agonist on those receptors which means that they don't stimulate the release of endorphins as strongly as the drugs of abuse. In other words, buprenorphine binds to the receptors to prevent the patient from going through withdrawal, but the decreased release of endorphins means they don't experience euphoria or the 'high' that they receive from their drug of choice.
Naltrexone is an antagonist on those neuroreceptors. When this medication is in the body it blocks agonists, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, etc., from binding and releasing endorphins. In other words, if a patient attempts to take their drug of choice they will not experience any effect of the medication because the neuroreceptors are unavailable because of the naltrexone.
Treatment is available to people who have suffered with addiction to opiates for at least the previous 12-months.
In addition to medication therapy, every patient is encouraged to undergo counseling. This is not currently available within the clinic. We will help you find a counselor that is appropriate for your particular situation. Patients are also encouraged to participate in a 12-step program such as AA or NA.
Initial consultation $250
Follow up months $125