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We Provide Adolescent and Adult Specialty Services for Patients with Substance abuse and addiction needs.

Detoxification means ridding the body of drugs or alcohol and managing withdrawal. Some patients will need to be cared for in a hospital or drug-and-alcohol facility for detox, while others can be managed as outpatients.

WE OFFER FOLLOWING SERVICES :

Aftercare and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Once detoxification is complete, many patients still need help in avoiding the abused substance. Avoiding, or not using the abused substance at all, is called abstinence.Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help some patients avoid, or abstain from, drugs or alcohol. MAT involves using prescribed medication to help you avoid using the abused drugs or alcohol and makes it more likely that you will be able to abstain from the abused substance. We can provide MAT and other addiction services for patients after their inpatient rehab or non-hospital or hospital-based inpatient detoxification at any facility.MAT can be provided during treatment for opioid (synthetic and/or heroin), alcohol, nicotine, and other dependence.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder

Buprenorphine helps patients with opioid dependence by preventing withdrawal symptoms. It works best for patients who do not have other substance abuse issues. Buprenorphine is taken once a day as a pill that you place under the tongue and let completely dissolve. Additional information about buprenorphine can be found here: http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/buprenorphine.Naltrexone blocks the part of the brain that causes you to feel high and lessens the cravings for opioids. It can be used to treat alcohol and/or opioid dependence. Naltrexone can be taken either as a pill or as a monthly injection. It is very dangerous to start taking opioids again after stopping naltrexone therapy. Additional information about naltrexone can be found here:http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/naltrexone

Injectable Naltrexone (Vivitrol)

Extended release naltrexone or Vivitrol is administered as an injection into a muscle in your buttock. The medication is administered once a month and can only be administered by a healthcare professional and is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and psychosocial support. Once administered, the medication cannot be removed.

Injectable Buprenorphine (Sublocade)

Extended release buprenorphine or Sublocade is administered as an injection just under the skin in the abdominal or stomach region. The medication is administered once a month and can only be administered by a healthcare professional and is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and psychosocial support. Once administered, the medication cannot be removed.

Implantable Buprenorphine (Probuphine)

Implantable buprenorphine or Probuphine are small flexible rods inserted under the skin of your upper arm. This medication is administered every 6 months and must be removed by a health care provider. This medication is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and psychosocial support.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Alcohol Dependence

Naltrexone blocks the part of the brain that causes you to feel good when you drink alcohol and lessens the cravings for alcohol. It can be used to treat alcohol and/or opioid dependence. Naltrexone can be taken either as a pill or as a monthly injection. Additional information about naltrexone can be found here:http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/naltrexoneDisulfiram (Antabuse) interferes with alcohol metabolism, creating an immediate “hangover” feeling after drinking. It is taken as a pill. Using alcohol while taking Antabuse can cause many unpleasant symptoms such as anxiety, flushing, shortness of breath, and malaise (a general feeling of discomfort) . Acamprosate (Campral) helps to avoid alcohol withdrawal by restoring a healthy balance of chemicals in the brain. It is taken as a pill and usually prescribed along with counseling for best results.

Medication for Smoking Cessation

Bupropion (Wellbutrin) :  It reduces nicotine cravings and withdrawal. It is available as a pill and sometimes also prescribed as an antidepressant.

Varenicline (Chantix) : It reduces nicotine cravings and withdrawal and decreases the pleasurable effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products. It is taken as a pill.

Monthly Hepatitis-C Clinic

For patients we offer rapid hepatitis C testing and if positive referral for treatment. Once a month, a hepatitis C specialist is available onsite to discuss and provide treatment when indicated.

Case Management

Our staff provides case management services to advocate and assist with navigation of multiple health and social services systems.

Contingency Management

We utilize a contingency management program to reinforce desired behaviors during treatment.

Support Group Meetings

Several support groups have meetings at our facility for both individuals and their families.  These meetings are open to the public.  Support groups include:  SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) (https://www.smartrecovery.org/), Al-Anon and Alateen.

Naloxone (Narcan) Injection Training

Naloxone is an opioide antidote, meaning that it reverses the effect of opioids and can save a person who is overdosing on opioids. It is given as an intramuscular injection or a nasal spray, and works by knocking opioids off their receptors in the brain. With proper training, people without any medical background (such as friends or family members) can help someone who may be overdosing. We at Associates in Medical Toxicology can train you, so you will be able to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and administer naloxone, potentially saving someone’s life.

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