Methadone: Opioid Treatment Therapy employees the use of Methadone. Methadone is a synthetic drug developed during the second World War for the use of pain management. It was discovered that Methadone did not produce the same strong effects as morphine or codeine in the test subjects who were administered the drug.
Methadone is now used as an effective treatment against opioids. It reduces the strong cravings a user encounters, but does not produce a "High". That is why it is used for people with a severe addiction to Morphine, hydro morphine, dilaudid, heroin etc.
Here at Cree Nations Treatment Haven , we have a dispensing site for Methadone. In addition to making this treatment available we have a strong team consisting of a R.N. (registered nurse), counselor and a case coordinator to meet the needs of the clients that are in the program, seeking to change their lifestyle and break the cycle of addictions.
Suboxone: Often used to manage opioid detox, as well as part of a medication-assisted treatment program, Suboxone is prescribed to help individuals quit abusing heroin or other opioids, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet.1 Although it can be very effective in helping people with their recovery, some people may divert Suboxone and abuse the medication to get high. Since it is an opioid medication, Suboxone abuse can lead to the development of some physiological dependence. Someone who has developed a significant problematic Suboxone dependence may benefit from professional detox services to assist with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and end their compulsive misuse of the medication.
What is Suboxone? Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and it is a medication commonly prescribed to mitigate some of the unpleasant symptoms associated with acute opioid withdrawal. Once a person achieves medical stability and is drug-free, they may also be prescribed Suboxone in the longer-term as a maintenance medication to decrease the risk of relapse with heroin or prescription painkillers. Unlike many abused opioids, buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist (a substance which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor). At treatment doses, the drug is able to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings without a marked potential to elicit a rewarding euphoria. However, in a dose-dependent manner, even with only partial opioid receptor activation, buprenorphine can get people high. Therefore, on its own, buprenorphine has a fair amount of abuse liability. So much so, that naloxone, which is an opioid antagonist, was added to deter abuse. The resulting combination (marketed as Suboxone) can block opioid effects and bring about withdrawal symptoms in someone who attempts to inject it.
How It Works
The initial step is to set up a meeting with the case coordinator to assess whether or not a person meets program criteria. If so, the case coordinator will refer them to see the physician. The physician will evaluate the applicant and if approved, prescribe the starting dose.
Methadone is only a small part of recovery therapy. The clients desiring to change their lifestyle all work together to make opioid treatment therapy work.
Is It Right For You?
Our staff here at Cree Nations Treatment Haven, are more than willing to help you. They can further explain the criteria for entering the program and the support we offer throughout your journey.
A full assessment is needed to fully understand the extent of someone's addiction problem. Not everyone meets the criteria needed to enter the Opioid Treatment Therapy program. If someone does not qualify for our Opioid Treatment Therapy program we still offer some other options to aid them in their recovery and are eager to help.