The Premier Treatment Center for Prescription Drug Dependence and Heroin Addiction.

At BRIGHTSIDE®, we treat people with both pain medication dependence and heroin addiction through comfortable, convenient, and discrete treatment programs. Whether you are dependent on pain killers, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Norco, and Fentanyl, or addicted to heroin, our programs are uniquely designed for each patient based on their addiction and lifestyle. Through our unique combination of medically-assisted treatment (also known as Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®, Subutex®, and Vivitrol®) and counseling, we get you on your way to regaining your life.

We understand that your addiction is not your fault. You making the decision to get treatment is a very brave and difficult one. We applaud you for getting treatment and look forward to helping you.

Do you find yourself asking

Q: What is an opiate?

A: An opiate is a natural and synthetic narcotic analgesic that depresses the central nervous system. Collectively, natural and synthetic opiates are called opioids. Opioids are derived from opium which comes from the poppy plant. Opioids provide pain relief as well as extreme euphoria, if abused

Q: What are Prescription Opiates?

A: Opiates are typically prescribed for pain relief. Common opiates are Vicodin®, OxyContin®, Percacet®, Demerol®, Opana®, Daron®, Norco®, Lomotil®, hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and Fentanyl. For a full list of opiates, including brand and slang names, please visit our Opioid Definitions page.

Q: Am I a failure for being addicted?

A: No. Whether you started taking opiates for pain or for recreation, your addiction is not your fault. These drugs can chemically take a hold of your body and push you to take more and more. Similar to a dandelion in a garden, what starts out as a pleasant surprise that you did not plant becomes a nightmare that is hard to cure.

Q: Do I need medicine to overcome opiate addition?

A: Opioids, when abused, can make the body physically dependent on the drug and even require more as the body grows a tolerance.  Medication can either help suppress the symptoms of withdrawal and inhibit the effects of opiates, such as Suboxone, or just block the effects of opiates, such as Vivitrol.

Q: Can I be converted from Methadone to Suboxone?

A: Yes. Suboxone and other buprenorphine medication is a very viable solution for those that don’t want to deal with the daily routine of Methadone. Due to the long lasting nature of methadone, the transition to buprenorphine is different than other opiates. Learn about our Methadone Conversion program at our Brightside Programs page.

Q: Can I get treatment if pregnant?

A: Yes. Buprenorphine has been clinically proven to treat opiate addiction while pregnant. At Brightside, we specialize in treating woman during pregnancy. Contact us to learn more about our pregnancy program at Brightside Programs.

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