Summer Fun in RecoveryRecovering from addiction is a difficult journey that no one should have to go through alone. Along with a strong support system and behavioral therapy, medication can be a beneficial tool in helping you reach recovery. Under the care of a qualified physician, medications for substance use disorder can aid in your recovery journey by improving the physical symptoms associated with addiction, like curbing cravings and managing withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction, the experts at Gateway and Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers can help. That's why we've outlined everything you need to know about medications for substance use disorder.

Medication Assistance For Recovery

When it comes to overcoming substance use disorder, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Treatment must be tailored to the individual, taking into account their unique needs and circumstances. The use of medications for substance use disorder is an approach that addresses this necessity and is effective for many people struggling with addiction.

Medications for Substance Use Disorder, originally named Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), refers to the use of FDA-approved medications in conjunction with behavioral therapies. This whole-person approach to alcohol and substance use disorder is clinically proven to help patients detox safely, with a much lower risk of relapse.

By providing both medical and psychological support, medications for substance use disorder can help patients to cope with withdrawal symptoms and overcome the underlying issues that led to substance abuse in the first place.

Sublocade and Suboxone for Substance Use Disorder

Sublocade and Suboxone are two of the most commonly prescribed medications for substance use disorder. These FDA-approved prescription medications are designed to help patients safely wean off of drugs. They are used to treat opioid addiction and can help to reduce cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.

Sublocade is a long-acting injectable form of buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist. Suboxone is a film that dissolves under the tongue and is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, an opioid antagonist that helps to prevent abuse of Suboxone.

Sublocade is typically given once a month, while Suboxone is taken daily. Both medications must be prescribed by a qualified physician and should be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, like behavioral therapy. At Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers and Gateway Rehab, these medications are given along with behavioral therapy sessions performed by a licensed counselor.

Vivitrol and ReVia For Alcohol Use Disorder

Treatment for alcohol use disorder is equally important as treatment for substance use disorder. Vivitrol and ReVia are prescription medications that were developed to help patients struggling with alcohol abuse.

Vivitrol is an extended-release monthly injection containing naltrexone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids and alcohol. Vivitrol is a non-addictive medication that's used to prevent drug and alcohol dependence after detox. It's important to note that patients receiving Vivitrol injections must be completely drug-free for a minimum of 7 to 14 days before starting this medication, as using any drugs in this window before starting Vivitrol can trigger symptoms of drug withdrawal.

ReVia is another form of naltrexone that is taken orally in tablet form and is used to treat drug and alcohol dependency. ReVia is typically taken once a day and can help to reduce cravings and lower the risk of relapse. It works similarly to Vivitrol in that it blocks the pleasurable, euphoric effects of drugs, and can prevent relapse in patients who have detoxed. It’s important to note that although ReVia is designed to reduce one’s urge to drink, it will not help you sober up if you are already intoxicated.

Like all medications for substance use disorder, Vivitrol and ReVia must be prescribed by a qualified physician and should be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.

How Medications Aid in Recovery

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, it's important to seek professional help. Medications for substance use disorder can be an effective tool in your recovery journey, but they are just one part of the equation. To be successful in recovery, it is important to participate in behavioral therapy and other forms of treatment in conjunction with your prescribed medications.

At Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers, we offer a comprehensive, whole-person approach to recovery that includes medication-assisted treatment, behavioral therapy, and self-improvement. Our goal is to help our patients achieve long-term sobriety and lead fulfilling, productive lives. Schedule your appointment today, or ask your NKRC physician about our partners at Gateway Rehab.

At Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers, we are dedicated to helping provide our patients with the resources and support they need to achieve a sustainable recovery. If you or a loved one are currently struggling with addiction, our high-quality, trained specialists can help you achieve your recovery goals. Schedule your first appointment with one of our recovery centers today or call (330) 744- 1181 for more information.