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SUD can affect anyone. It occurs with long-term use of alcohol or other addictive substances (drugs) and can cause social, academic and employment issues. It also can affect mental and physical health. A total of 23.5 million people in the United States are in long-term recovery from SUD.
A successful recovery involves medical, behavioral and recovery support from qualified clinicians. To treat SUD, VHP offers counseling and medication for addiction treatment to help in the recovery process.
Medication for addiction treatment (MAT) is a well-tested combination of medications and counseling for SUD treatment. First, learn more about SUD.
Substance use disorder (SUD) affects a person’s brain and behavior. It can lead to uncontrolled use of legal or illegal substances.
Over time, someone struggling with SUD will spend more effort and money on addictive substances. This can severely disrupt daily life. Because of the changes in the brain, a person with SUD will keep using even though bad things happen as a result.
When someone is struggling with SUD, even people close to them can view them negatively. It can be hard to be around someone who can’t control their use. This makes the struggle with SUD much worse and can prevent them from getting treatment.
We believe strong social support helps with a successful recovery. We promote self-worth and self-respect, in addition to connecting those struggling with SUD to a supportive community.
We use positive language. All patients are treated with respect and dignity. At all times, healing from the pain of substance use disorders is our focus.
We use a holistic approach to recovery. VHP respects each patient’s goals. Getting help through counseling for SUD and/or taking medication for addiction treatment can assist in recovery. Our staff works together to encourage health, wellness and purpose.
You can read more about VHP’s medications for addiction treatment below.
Medication for addiction treatment (MAT) is the combination of medication and counseling or peer support. Some individuals take these medications long-term, while others take them for about a year. There are medications that can help with opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder.
Medications help take the focus off cravings and withdrawal so that people in recovery can work on rebuilding their lives without drugs. People who take medications are less likely to go back to using drugs.
Educated clinicians, focused on providing “whole-patient care,” prescribe medication. They are trained to pay attention to the medical conditions, psychiatric conditions and any substance use concerns a patient may have.
People can take medication as long as they believe it is helping their recovery. Clinicians work with patients to make an appropriate plan when patients are ready to stop taking the medication.
MAT is safe for pregnant women and helps prevent serious problems related to drug use like infections or overdose that can threaten the life of mom and baby. We have specialized providers and an outreach team dedicated to the care of women who use drugs or struggle with SUD during pregnancy.
Those interested in entering a MAT program should see one of our providers who is trained to prescribe this medication. While patients are receiving MAT in one of our practices, our team will help ensure they are connected to counseling and peer support.
Descriptions of some of these medications are below.
Buprenorphine acts at the opioid receptor. Putting it another way, it works at the same place in the brain where opioids attach. Buprenorphine occupies the place of the opioid receptor with one difference – it does not provide a high. Instead, withdrawal and cravings are lessened.
It is important that the person starting buprenorphine has not recently used an opioid or must be in opioid withdrawal, which feels like having the flu. The prescribing provider will guide a person through this process. Once the person starts taking buprenorphine, these symptoms improve. Sometimes, medicines that help marginalize the flu-like opioid withdrawal symptoms will be prescribed.
We recommend a person continue taking buprenorphine before, during and after surgery. If required, opioids can be given for pain along with buprenorphine.
Naltrexone acts at the opioid receptor. It works in the place where opioids work – like a key into a lock. When an opioid acts at the receptor, the person feels the effects of that opioid, such as pain relief or a “high.” Naltrexone fits into that same lock but does not provide a “high.” Instead, it blocks the receptor, so if the person takes an opioid, it will not have an effect.
Given that naltrexone blocks the opioid receptor, it is important the individual starting the treatment has abstained from opioid use for at least seven days. Medication that assists with the flu-like symptoms of opioid withdrawal will sometimes be prescribed to help a person abstain from using opioids for seven days before starting the naltrexone.
Yes, naltrexone can be used to treat alcohol use disorder. That’s because a separate effect of the medicine is reducing the pleasurable “high” of drinking alcohol. Unlike using naltrexone for opioid use disorder, when the drug is prescribed for alcohol use disorder, it is safe to begin the naltrexone treatment while the person is still consuming alcohol. That’s because naltrexone can help the person diminish alcohol use.
Naltrexone can be taken once daily as a swallowed pill, or once monthly as an injection in the buttocks area.
If someone is scheduled for a painful procedure such as a surgery, when possible, naltrexone usage is ceased before surgery to allow opioids to be given, if needed.
Yes. Some people attempt to consume extra opioids to overcome the blocking effect of naltrexone. This could be very dangerous and has resulted in overdose death.
Some people need methadone. We will help anyone interested in methadone treatment get care at a licensed methadone program.