Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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Are you, or someone you love, addicted to pain pills, heroin, or other opioids?
Opioid addiction can be treated and Lifeways can help.

What is an opioid drug?

Addiction is synonymous with mental illness. It is not a dual diagnosis.
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, like heart disease or diabetes. A chronic disease is a medical condition for life. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Many people overcome opioid addiction and regain normal, healthy lives.-Dr. John Bates, MD, QSUDP

Lifeways has developed Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), a comprehensive treatment approach using:

  1. Medication – to deal with the effects of the addiction
  2. 12-step meeting attendance (AA/NA) – it’s easier with support, harder on your own
  3. Weekly sessions with a therapist – to make the program customized to your needs

All three components are critical to the success of the program. The 12-steps meeting attendance and therapy during MAT are crucial to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

It is important to understand that Suboxone is not a cure for addiction, nor the singular key to recovery. Healing (with meeting attendance and therapy) from the inside out is key to healthy behavior and a healthy lifestyle.-Dr. John Bates, MD, QSUDP

Opioid use disorder affects millions. Over 2.5 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder which contributed to over 28,000 overdose deaths in 2014. Use of opioids, including heroin and prescription pain relievers, can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome as well as the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis.

Medication Assisted Treatment is one way to help those with opioid addiction recover their lives. The Lifeways program uses Suboxone®. This new medication helps ease withdrawals from opiates by combining Buprenorphine with Naloxone. This combination helps prevent misuse of the medication (with the Naloxone component).

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