Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine offers addiction management services to treat substance use disorders, sustain recovery, and prevent overdose. Our office utilizes a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach combined with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment. Research performed on the treatment of substance abuse disorders has found that the combination of medication and therapy is highly effective in treating addiction and sustaining recovery after treatment has ended. MAT is directed towards those who have an opioid use disorder from being prescribed medications containing opioids or heroin. The ultimate goal of MAT is for patients to achieve full recovery and live a self-directed life.
Did You Know?
As of 2018, it was estimated that as many as 2 million people had some form of an opioid use disorder.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for addiction management?
You may be a candidate for addiction management using MAT if you have an official diagnosis of an opioid use disorder, are willing to comply with all prescribing instructions, and are in relatively good health. However, you may not be an ideal candidate if you are addicted to other substances, take medications that can interact with addiction medications, have certain health conditions that addiction medications could exacerbate, or have low motivation to treat your addiction. To determine if addiction management using MAT is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Greg Condie of Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine today.
Which addiction medications does Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine use during MAT?
At Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine, we may use one or more of the following addiction medications:
Buprenorphine produces similar, but less severe opioid effects while also eliminating the drug “high” and withdrawal symptoms. Since buprenorphine is an opioid itself, it is only used for a short time to stabilize patients, then the dose will be tapered off.
Suboxone is a mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and prevents other drugs from attaching to these receptors. It also prevents the drug “high”, as well as the toxic effects of overdose. Suboxone is often used during the detoxification process because it is less likely than other addiction drugs to be abused.
Other than addiction medications, what else can I expect when being treated for addiction management?
In addition to medications, you will also receive withdrawal treatment and physician counseling.