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Opioid Addiction Treatments

Medications useful for combating opiate (oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, heroin) addiction include Suboxone and other brand name buprenorphine containing compounds. Alternatively, Vivitrol (extended release naltrexone) has become popular because it is not an opiate and requires only once- per -month dosing.

Many people believe Suboxone is a miracle drug because it can help to restore fractured lives to whole. It is unique in that it satisfies the addict’s need for opiates but causes no “high”. A drawback is that it promotes physical dependency, which makes it difficult to quit. However, Dr. Silverman has developed an effective method to reduce and eventually discontinue the use of Suboxone, without ever feeling symptoms of withdrawal.

The technique to reduce and eventually discontinue Suboxone involves following a unique, staggered tapering schedule, combined with a special tool you will receive, that measures precise doses of the medication (to as small as 1/8th or even 1/16th of a milligram, if necessary) , thereby allowing a smooth path to discontinuation. There is no discomfort at any time because there is always stability as the dose is changed. Ultimately, the patient will complete the course of Suboxone, while always feeling well.

Vivitrol is a newer medication designed to prevent relapse to opiates once a person has eliminated any opiates from his or her system. Taken as an injection, once-per-month, it blocks the opiate receptors, thereby reducing and eliminating cravings. An advantage to Vivitrol is that it does not promote physical dependency.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach at Lifeline Addiction Treatment Center.