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.
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Ambulatory (outpatient) drug and/or alcohol detoxification
Some patients may be able to go through detoxification without going into a hospital or a drug-and-alcohol facility. Outpatient, or ambulatory, detoxification requires the patient to check in on a regular schedule. Some patients are scheduled for daily or weekly clinic visits and may need a sober companion to provide transportation to and from appointments. Others may benefit from daily or twice daily home visits, where the patient receives daily home visit(s) from a licensed provider.
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 Dependence
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
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/naltrexone. Disulfiram (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-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Nicotine Dependence
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.
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.