OPIATE TREATMENT

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.

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine assists in the treatment of opiate addiction by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain.  This treatment is a partial agonist on those receptors which means it does not stimulate the release of endorphins as strongly as 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 individuals don't experience euphoria or the 'high' that they receive from their drug of choice. 


Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an antagonist on those neuroreceptors.  When this medication is in the body it blocks agonists, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, heroin, 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 drug because the neuroreceptors are unavailable to bind.


Treatment

Treatment is available to people who have suffered with addiction to opiates for at least the previous 12-months.

Counseling

In addition to medication therapy, every patient is encouraged to undergo counseling. 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 as appropriate.

Additional resources

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Family & Friends

How buprenorphine works -- Graphics (PDF)