Being dependent on pain medication is a very frustrating and difficult reality. Initially, people can become dependent on pain medication through doctor’s prescriptions for an accident or chronic ailments, or through recreational activities. Over time, as the body becomes dependent on the opiate, people use pain medication as a way to stop withdrawal symptoms and less for pain reduction. To stop using can be almost impossible because the brain now craves the drug.
At BRIGHTSIDE, we understand that overcoming a dependence on pain medication is very difficult. Our outpatient programs are designed to provide drug dependence treatment in the most discrete, convenient, and friendly environment.
Our programs combine the latest in medically-assisted technology and counseling options. Our Buprenorphine medically-assisted treatment (also known as Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®or Subutex®) gets you off the pain medication so you can start concentrating on changing your life for the better. Then, our BRIGHTSIDE Recovery Programs provide individual counseling to help you “manage” your dependence long term.
Our Buprenorphine MAT program, with products like Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®and Subutex®, eliminates the cravings associated with opiate withdrawal and allows patients to immediately stop using their drug of dependence. The BRIGHTSIDE program follows this protocol:
The goal of induction is to transition off of the current pain medication and induce the body onto our addition treatment medicine. At the first visit, patients meet with a doctor, create an individualized treatment plan, and are induced onto the prescribed medication. Our staff also works to reduce the cost of the prescribed medication through insurance and other discount programs.
Over the first week of treatment, we monitor pain levels and stabilize the dosage of buprenorphine to find the optimal dosage for treatment. Our doctors stay in constant contact through the week, monitoring the transition, ensuring alternative pain remedies/treatments are not needed, and stabilizing your body on the proper dosage. At the end of the stabilization, we finalize the ongoing treatment plan.
Medically-assisted treatment (MAT) can last from six (6) months to a lifetime depending on your dependence and long term goals. At BRIGHTSIDE, we continue to monitor and manage the medication on a monthly basis. During this phase of treatment, we recommend and offer counseling, such as our BRIGHTSIDE Recovery Program or partner programs that offer intensive outpatient programs (IOP), group therapy, or residential/inpatient care.
When someone is ready to reduce the prescribed medication, we work as a team with counselors and partners to develop a tapering program that will ensure a successful completion of treatment. Our philosophy is to carefully and slowly taper your medication to ensure success.
Medication cannot cure your drug dependence. Only counseling along with medication can provide the greatest possible success in overcoming addition and living a new life free of opiates. BRIGHTSIDE offers structured counseling and coaching in conjunction with our MAT program ensuring that our patients not only stop abusing drugs, but to also understand the addictive lifestyle and manage their new life without drugs. These personalized one-on-one counseling sessions can be scheduled either in conjunction with your MAT visit or separately, based on your schedule.
Sometimes our clinic is the not the best option for you because you either live far away or you feel like you need to have more intense counseling. Thus, BRIGHTSIDE has developed unique partnerships with all the major hospitals, recovery centers, and individual counselors in the Chicago land area. No matter what your situation is, we will find you the best counseling solution for your financial and recovery needs.