Methadone & Buprenorphine Maintenance
After being initially examined by our physician, our nurses dispense your daily medication under close supervision, monitoring for any potential side effects or discomfort. Over time you can begin to receive take-home medication and decrease the frequency of your visits to the treatment program. Medications like methadone and buprenorphine are not "substitute drugs" used in the place of heroin or other opioids. When used as directed and combined with individual counseling, group therapy, and other evidence-based psychosocial support services, these medications produce great results.
Licensed and/or Certified Addiction Counselors
Medication alone is not a magic bullet, and not everyone is appropriate for medication-assisted treatment. Our licensed and/or certified counselors will help you determine your own unique path to recovery through the development of your own unique, individualized treatment plan. What makes treatment at CSTC programs so effective is the focus we place on individual counseling and group therapy. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), including Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) like those operated by CSTC, combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
Staff Consisting of a Licensed Physician and Licensed Nurses
In addition to receiving medication and participating in individual counseling and group therapy, you have access to a Licensed Physician trained in Addiction Medicine who will perform appropriate physical examinations and provide referrals for conditions that we are unable to treat. Our staff of registered and/or licensed practical nurses trained in addiction medicine and addiction science are available daily for medical consultation.
Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Help Curb the Prescription Painkiller & Heroin Addiction & Overdose Epidemic!
METHADONE MAINTENANCE TREATMENT (MMT) and BUPRENORPHINE (Suboxone/Subutex) TREATMENT
Methadone & Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatments Are the Most Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction
Methadone & buprenorphine are synthetic medications that work by “occupying” the opioid receptor sites in the brain affected by heroin and other opioids like prescription painkillers.
Methadone or Buprenorphine:
- -blocks the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates;
- -relieves the craving for opiates that is a major factor in relapse;
- -relieves symptoms associated with withdrawal from opiates;
- -does not cause euphoria or intoxication itself (with stable dosing), thus allowing a person to work and participate normally in society;
- -is excreted slowly so it can be taken only once a day.
Methadone maintenance treatment, a program in which addicted individuals receive daily doses of methadone in addition to individual and group counseling, was initially developed during the 1960s as part of a broad, multi-component treatment program that also emphasized re-socialization and vocational training by Doctors Vincent Dole, Marie Nyswander and Mary J. Kreek. Buprenorphine (Subutex) and Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone/Zubsolv/Bunavail) were approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction in October of 2002, and we are now starting to see it is coming in a close second to methadone in terms of effectiveness, at least for patients who don't require higher dose maintenance.