Addiction Medicine

The Epidemic

Over a period of five years, the United States saw the total number of drug-related emergency room visits increase 81 percent, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million.

Addictions to heroin, pain pills, alcohol, cocaine, and benzodiazepines are part of a growing epidemic.

What Is Opioid Addiction

Addiction to prescription drugs containing opiates is widespread among all ages, genders economic strata and ethnicities. Some estimates are that over 15 percent of Americans are addicted to painkillers. Some of the common addictive medications are codeine, Fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, paregoric, and sufentanil.

These medications are highly addictive, and cause changes in brain chemistry. Common withdrawal symptoms include sweating, nausea, diarrhea, body aches, and rapid heartbeat. Because these symptoms are intolerable, it becomes physically impossible for the addicted individual to quit using opiates.

Medically-supervised Opioid, Alcohol, Cocaine and Benzodiazapine Detox

Our outpatient treatment program utilizes prescription medications Suboxone and Vivitrol, each having the active ingredient buprenorphine. These medications are among the latest developments in the treatment of opioid and other addictions. In ten years, millions of people have used them to successfully stop abusing opioids. Buprenorphine acts on the brain to significantly lessen withdrawal symptoms.

We work closely with patients to give them the greatest outcome for long-term recovery. This includes weekly appointments with a physician, a behavioral health assessment, and appropriate follow-up treatment, including individual and group therapy, and primary care as needed.