In the United States, opiate abuse has reached epidemic levels. It was reported that in 2015, nearly two million Americans over the age of 12 were struggling with a prescription drug addiction while over half a million more were coping with an addiction to heroin. If you have recently struggled with drug dependence and are seeking drug addiction treatment, you have taken the first step toward recovery.
Drug addiction treatment is highly individualized and may vary based on the substance you are addicted to and where you are treated. Brightside Clinic, an addiction recovery center in Northbrook and Tinley Park, IL, focuses on medically-assisted treatment. This form of treatment combines the use of medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms, with therapies meant to address and eliminate the root of the addiction.
Continue reading as the experts from Brightside Clinic explain their four-part treatment plan.
Whether you are seeking drug addiction treatment for heroin or prescription opiates, your treatment at Brightside begins by transitioning you off of your current drugs. The doctors will meet with you to create an individualized plan and begin your course of Buprenorphine medications such as Suboxone®. These medications allow you to stop using opiates and heroin right away without the withdrawal symptoms.
Over the course of the next week, the doctors at Brightside Clinic will closely monitor your condition to determine how well the withdrawal medication is working for you. They will use this time to further individualize your treatment and find which dose works best. Once they have determined the ideal dosage, they will finalize your treatment.
During the maintenance portion of your drug addiction treatment, the doctors from Brightside Clinic will introduce therapy alongside your medications. These therapy sessions look to identify the cause of your addiction and address the behaviors that may lead you to use again. This stage of treatment can last six months but may take longer, depending on the nature of your addiction.
The ultimate goal of your treatment is to break your dependence on drugs and the withdrawal medication completely. As your condition improves, the doctors from Brightside Clinic will work with you to taper off your medication safely and completely. There is no timeline for the tapering, and they will work with you to ensure it is only done when the time is right.