BUPRENORPHINE and Vivitrol Based Treatment
When you, or someone you love, is struggling to overcome an opioid or alcohol addiction, they may benefit from Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT. Traditionally, methadone was a popular choice among professional prescriptions, but now there is a wider variety of options available. At Achieve Whole Recovery, we provide Buprenorphine and Vivitrol treatments, utilizing Suboxone, Sublocade, and Naltrexone medications.
Addiction treatment with buprenorphine products such as Suboxone and Sublocade has been proven to be an effective medical treatment for individuals with an addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and certain prescription painkillers. It provides a medically supervised alternative to the painful symptoms of withdrawal and treatment is available in an outpatient setting. Our qualified medical staff can conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine if buprenorphine treatment is the right choice for you. (Suboxone is not kept on site. Achieve Whole Recovery works with local pharmacies to dispense this medication).
Buprenorphine comes in two different formats: as a sublingual (under-the-tongue) tablet and as an injectable. It helps by attaching to the same receptors, but in a different way. This "tricks" the brain into thinking it has received opioids but does not result in the same effects that opioids produce. This helps reduce or eliminate the effects of the withdrawal symptoms associated with ceasing use of opioids.
Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects people psychologically and physically. Effective treatment programs often focus on both aspects of addiction through substance abuse counseling and medication. Vivitrol (naltrexone) is the first and only non-addictive, once-monthly medication that, when combined with counseling, is proven to help prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after detox. Vivitrol is not an opioid medication, and it can also be used to treat alcohol addiction.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that relapse occurs in 40 to 60 percent of addiction cases, and the three most common contributors to relapse are:
- Lack of a positive support system
- Returning to old patterns
Our brains have receptors that decrease pain and create a sense of euphoria when opioids attach to them, and this euphoria is what makes them highly addictive. Alcohol also releases endorphins in the brain that result in a similar pleasant feeling. Making the choice to turn away from that easily accessible euphoria is a challenge, but MAT is a great outpatient option for those who are worried about withdrawal symptoms and/or those who are at risk of relapse.
Achieve Whole Recovery offers Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid and Alcohol Dependence (primarily using buprenorphine products such as Suboxone and Sublocade; naltrexone products such as Vivitrol; and other medication assisted treatments). We have offices in Colorado Springs and Walsenburg, and our addiction recovery staff is comprised of physicians, physician’s assistants, and medical assistants with the experience and professionalism to support you through your recovery.
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Achieve Whole Recovery accepts Colorado Medicaid, Medicare, Beacon Health Options, Colorado Access, Behavioral Healthcare Inc., Tricare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Humana, Pacificare, Colorado Health Partnership, Beacon Health Options, and Cigna insurance.