Opioid addiction is a serious problem that affects many individuals in the U.S. You don't have to face an addiction alone, and there's no shame in seeking out professional help.
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Across the United States segments of our great society that were previously untouched by the presence of prescription opioid medications and heroin are experiencing tragedies due to the overuse of these substances. In 2014, 28,000 people died from overdosing with these substances, alone or in combination with other drugs.
This number averages down to approximately 77 deaths per day, or just over three deaths per hour. This figure does not account for the unknown number of people who overdosed but recovered from their near-death experiences.
Although the ideal solution to this problem is to stop using these substances, it is easier said than done. Opioid (narcotic) addiction creates more or less permanent changes in brain structure and function. In many cases these changes may reverse, but only over very many years, if at all.
These alterations and the individual’s interactions with the surrounding social environment do not easily allow for the afflicted person to be successful in achieving abstinence. Repeated attempts to stop followed by repeated relapses create both a sense of desperation and a sense of hopelessness.
The current and most highly praised alternative approach is called medically-assisted recovery.
You'll find that our state certified facility provides you with a variety of programming options.
The first medication used to give the individual an opportunity to break free from these substances was methadone, which itself is a narcotic. Methadone is long-lasting (24 to 30 hours) to eliminate the need for repeated administrations throughout the day of the shorter-acting substances.
It was introduced in 1964 and is only available in Federally-approved clinics; to this day it is still the most-used recovery method.
In 2000, the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) allowed for the use of a relatively newer prescription narcotic, buprenorphine, with contains the unique properties of being long-lasting, being able to reduce cravings to use, not creating a “high” and being able to block the euphoric effects of the pain medications, heroin and other narcotic preparations.
In 2008, Innovative Health Systems became the first outpatient facility in Westchester County to offer buprenorphine therapy for the treatment of opioid use disorders. It has been praised as the most practical treatment application available at this time.
There is opposition to the use of buprenorphine (and methadone, for that matter) by a portion of the population that believes abstinence to be the only acceptable solution to any substance use disorder; that using another substance to treat a substance use disorder is merely “substitution” and therefore, on its face, unacceptable.
Unfortunately, all substance use disorders are not the same and a strong argument can be made to those willing to listen that narcotics create greater brain changes and in a much shorter time than even alcohol. Buprenorphine, marketed as Suboxone, Zubsolv and Bunavail, has been referred to as a “miracle” medication for the ease with which it helps those taking it regularly to begin to reclaim their lives from the slavery of narcotic addiction.
DATA 2000 outlined a comprehensive plan to treat heroin and prescription medication misuse. It called for the use of buprenorphine complemented by toxicology testing and supportive counseling. Innovative Health Systems was the first certified facility to offer those three components as a package.
A person entering this program must expect to attend group and individual counseling and to submit to urine or oral swab testing. Innovative Health Systems has created specialized groups for clients being maintained on buprenorphine, so that participants can feel comfortable knowing that the counselor and other participants understand the experiences they share without being judged.
Buprenorphine is prescribed weekly for the first 12 weeks to allow the patient to become adjusted to the schedule of attending group, toxicology and weekly medical review. Longer prescriptions are earned through program compliance and increase to two, then three and, finally, four weeks.
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