Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective treatment for opioid dependence that combines the use of prescription medications, including Suboxone and Vivitrol, with counseling and education.
Suboxone is prescribed for opioid use disorder, while Vivitrol is prescribed for both alcohol and opioid-dependent individuals. Suboxone can be used for limited withdrawal management and longer-term opioid use disorder treatment. Vivitrol can be prescribed for longer-term opioid and alcohol use disorder treatment. Suboxone and Vivitrol are FDA-approved medications. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can also be prescribed during Medical Detoxification (Detox).
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Research shows that, for some people, the integration of both behavioral and pharmacologic (medical) types of treatment is the most effective approach for overcoming opioid addiction.”
Suboxone is buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is the active ingredient in Narcan, a common overdose-reversal medication used by emergency personnel and first responders.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which binds to opioid receptors but does not allow you to experience the euphoria or “high” associated with full agonists, such as heroin, Fentanyl, or methadone.
It is used to ease withdrawal symptoms, curb drug cravings, and discourage illicit drug use.
Our providers prescribe Suboxone sublingual films/strips only, which dissolve under the tongue and have far less abuse potential than other formulations, such as tablets/pills.
Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly injection, which blocks the effects of opioids and helps to reduce cravings (for opioids and alcohol), therefore decreasing the risk of relapse.
Studies show that there are “94% fewer relapses to dependence with Vivitrol” compared to a placebo. Vivitrol prevents opioid drugs from binding to receptors in the brain, and therefore do not create the euphoria or “high” commonly felt after using these drugs.
This is prescribed and managed under the close supervision of our MAT providers.
If you are struggling with opioid dependence, are motivated to stop using opioids, and have a stable and safe environment in which to continue your life in recovery, then you are a good candidate.
If you are struggling to find opioid treatment solutions that fit your current lifestyle and are interested in exploring MAT services, call us at 603.622.3020 or 1.888.840.4243 or email us. We are here to answer any questions you have regarding Suboxone, Vivitrol, and other opioid and alcohol treatment options.