At Ripple Ranch Recovery Center we use a wide variety of different methods and treatments to help patients recovery from the horrors of addiction. A major aspect of this is medication assisted treatment, which can be used to help reduce the impact of opiates and other hard drugs, and the impact that they have on the brain. Read more about our medically assisted treatment program, below!
An opiate is a drug that treats pain by altering the way that your body perceives pain. The name comes from the opium poppy, from whence they come. Opiates mimic neurotransmitters and attach to opioid receptors in the brain, reducing pain. This stimulates dopamine release, or the “feel good” hormone in our body, at alarmingly high quantities, much higher than anything naturally. In a medical setting, this can help those with chronic pain or pain associated with surgery, but opioids are easily abused and highly addictive. Common opioids are Oxycodone Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Heroin, and OxyContin.
Suboxone is an opiate as well as an opiate blocker (an opioid blocker, makes it impossible to gain benefit from injecting opioids). It is a combination of buprenorphine combined with naloxone. Much research has proven suboxone to be an effective way of treating opiate addictions, and it is used in many outpatient and residential rehabilitation centers.
Vivitrol, on the other hand is merely an opiate blocker. It eliminates the pleasure of using opiates, helping users focus their energy on recovery. It is often used to treat alcoholism as well as opioid addiction. You should not take vivitrol if you have used any opioid within the past 14 days or if you are currently drinking alcohol.
While suboxone and vivitrol are effective in treating addictions, they are still drugs. There is much controversy surrounding whether or not medication-assisted treatment is just substituting one drug for another. However, the scientific evidence cannot be denied. Those who go through medication-assisted treatment are far less likely to relapse than those without it.
Please give our team a call today, if you have any questions about the specifics of our medically assisted treatment program! Our kind staff will work hard to help you with any thoughts or concerns you have.
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