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Can I just do medical treatment without counseling?

Yes. But, it depends on your dependence on opiates and your environment. Medical treatment will eliminate the withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction. But, some people are coping with additional challenges beyond the withdrawal symptoms. This can range from challenging environments, psychological issues, or lingering pain from an accident or injury. Brightside will work with

Can I get addicted to medical treatments such as Suboxone or Methadone?

Both Methadone and Suboxone, a buprenorphine treatment, are designed to provide the body the required level of opioids to eliminate withdrawal symptoms. But, they have very different effects. For example, Methadone is a long lasting opioid with psychoactive properties. It is necessary to have the drug administered on a daily basis to keep the proper

What are the withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal?

When the brain neuroreceptors stop receiving the same level of opioids, the body will start to feel withdrawal symptoms. The following are symptoms you should expect when going through opioid withdrawal: Anxiety Agitation Muscle Aches Increased Tearing Insomnia Runny Nose Sweating Yawning Abdominal Cramping Diarrhea Dilated Pupils Goose Bumps Nausea Vomiting

What is Opiate Addiction?

Opiate addiction comes in several different forms. Typically it comes from someone abusing either prescription pain killers or heroin. At the initial stages of use, the body can produce similar chemicals to compensate for the lack of receiving the opioid externally, if stopped. Thus, people can take prescription opioids for pain management without becoming addicted.


Methadone is a semi-synthetic opioid which is typically prescribed for addiction therapy, but can be used for pain management. Methadone is only available from certified pharmacies and typically administered in front of a licensed and certified physician.Methadone is a longer lasting opioid so it can take longer than normal to be at a withdrawal stage

Buprenorphine (Suboxone®)

Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid which is typically prescribed for addiction therapy. The most common form of buprenorphine is when it is combined with naloxone in medication such as Suboxone. Buprenorphine is classified as a partial opioid agonist, thus it has limited euphoria effects, a limiting opioid effect, and a relatively mild withdrawal profile. Typically,