Being addicted to heroin is a life consuming addiction. The addiction is filled with drug using rituals, an environment of friends, family, and associates that perpetuate heroin use, and potential infectious diseases. When attempting to stop heroin use, many people suffer from intense withdrawal symptoms and voids in their life that were previously consumed with seeking out and using heroin. Without proper treatment, these challenges can make it almost impossible to overcome addiction and resume a normal life.
At BRIGHTSIDE, we understand these challenges in overcoming heroin addiction and provide personalized treatment based on your addiction, life goals, and special needs such as pregnancy, job requirements, etc. Our unique outpatient program combines Buprenorphine based medically-assisted treatment with counseling to eliminate heroin withdrawal and cravings and provide therapy to learn how to be sober again.
Our Buprenorphine MAT program, with products like Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®, and Subutex®, eliminates the cravings associated with withdrawal and allows patients to immediately stop using heroin. The BRIGHTSIDE MAT program follows this protocol:
The goal of induction is to transition off of heroin 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 on to 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 stabilize the dosage in order to find the optimal dosage for treatment. Our doctors stay in constant contact through the week, monitoring the transition, 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 addiction 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 through our BRIGHTSIDE Recovery Program as well as through some of our trusted partners (see below).
When someone is ready to reduce the prescribed medication, we work as a team with counselors 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.
Because life is now void of the routines associated with seeking and using heroin, patients need to learn how to fill those voids with engaging activities and routines to stay sober. Medication alone cannot help you manage this new life. 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 someone not only stop using heroin, but also understands their old addictive lifestyle and manage a 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.