Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid and Opiate Addiction is the Gold Standard Treatment
Why is a concierge program for opioid use disorder superior to other medicine practices that offer similar treatment? Opioid addiction is a complex condition that requires personalized care and attention. Direct primary care practices that offer concierge service are ideal to address the issues of overcoming opioid addiction.
Withdrawal symptoms from quitting opioids can be severe. Relapses are common and, with opioid addiction, they are often deadly. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been scientifically proven to be many times more successful than traditional addiction treatment. Hence, when it comes to treating opioid use disorder, addiction medicine using either methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone, are the way to go.
Concierge Medicine is the answer to personalized office-based care.
Unfortunately, although medication-assisted care is the best medical service solution to treat opioid addiction, providing this form of addiction treatment in an assembly line treatment center is not necessarily the best way to ensure long-term success. While there are inpatient treatment programs that are using MAT now, there is a lack of personalized treatment.
Human beings are all different and we have different experiences. Applying rubber-stamp, cookie-cutter medication-assisted treatment will help many patients, yet others will fall through the cracks and risk opioid overdose. This is because the treatment center did not take into account that patients must be seen as real people with a wide range of needs for wellness care.
In a concierge medical practice managed by a primary care physician or internal medicine doctor, there are fewer patients in the practice. The concierge doctor has more time and energy to provide personalized health care. A concierge physician can give you longer appointments and more direct access compared to a traditional doctor.
Concierge Medicine starts with listening.
In order to provide effective treatments, the first step is to listen carefully to the patient. We, as doctors, must not see our addiction patient as just another mental health patient. While substance use disorders are in the realm of mental health, these use disorders are unique and different from other mental health conditions.
These patients are typically highly intelligent and highly functional when they are able to stay clean from drugs. We must give them the respect that they deserve and the time to tell their story so that we may work together to build a successful and personalized treatment plan.
Concierge service, also known as boutique medicine, is an ideal solution to provide the personalized care and preventive care that patients need when working to overcome and addiction. A private physician working within a concierge medicine model is able to give patients the best possible medical care associated with medication-assisted treatment for addiction.
Concierge medication-assisted treatment is not exclusive.
When we think of concierge, we think of state-of-the-art healthcare for the wealthy. This is simply not the case. In fact, an in-office, concierge medical practice that treats opioid use disorder is far less expensive than the inpatient, warehouse approach to treating substance abuse.
While there are many luxuries provided in some residential treatment programs, these do not add up to long-term success. Cable-TV, horseback riding and daily massages are a nice touch, but these do not prevent opioid relapses. However, a caring, compassionate, empathetic primary care provider who listens carefully to patients and takes the time to discuss treatment, preventative care, side effects, and alternative treatment options, can make a real difference.
Many patients and loved-ones are surprised to learn that concierge, office-based medication-assisted treatment is not only more successful than traditional inpatient treatment, it is also a fraction of the cost.
The concierge fee, while usually not covered by health insurance, is far more affordable than rehab. With increasing insurance deductibles, the concierge model is not only more effective, but the more cost effective choice compared to residential rehab.
Buprenorphine versus Naltrexone versus Methadone
Why do three different treatment options exist? Why doesn’t everyone get the one with the highest success rate?
Your primary care doctor assigned to you by your insurance plan may have some answers for you. Unfortunately, they are often overwhelmed with patient care requirements and a high volume of daily appointments that limit the time they can spend with you to discuss important issues.
This is a topic that is best addressed with your personal physician. If you are trying to get past an opioid problem, your needs are unique and best managed in a concierge medicine practice.
While methadone has the highest success rate, it may not be the best option for you. Additionally, while naltrexone is a non-opioid option, it is not always the best solution to preventing relapse. Healthcare providers who work with concierge patients can help their patients to make the best decisions with respect to which treatment program will work best for them.
For many patients, buprenorphine will be ideal, yet there is no one-size-fits-all plan. Even when a medication is selected, there are many individual factors that we must address. When you go to concierge care, you are able to ask the important questions that are on your mind to help you make the best decisions.
Concierge in Florida
While you can find a concierge medicine program that treats opioid use disorder in any state, Florida residents are very lucky in this regard. Thanks to our forward thinking state and local governments and dedicated medical doctors and osteopathic physicians, we are leading the way in fighting the opioid addiction crisis.
Many individual doctors have dedicated themselves to setting up a concierge practice focused on opioid treatment using the latest in FDA-approved therapies. Please, do not let the idea of a concierge medicine program discourage you. These are not clinics for the rich and famous. These are regular doctors, providing evidence-based medication-assisted treatment to help you get off of opioid drugs and dangerous opiates, such as heroin.
Overcoming Opiate and Opioid Addiction
Medications, such as Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv, Sublocade, buprenorphine, naltrexone, Vivitrol, Narcan and others, combined with therapy, are part of the field of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment. If you are ready to overcome opioid addiction, whether you are here in Florida, or anywhere in the U.S., find a certified MAT doctor today and get started with treatment that will change your life for the better.
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MARK LEEDS, D.O.
I am an osteopathic physician with a focus on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and alcoholism. In addition to practicing medicine, I am the host of a podcast, The Rehab, on the Mental Health News Radio Network, and I currently serve on the board of the Digital Tech Initiative, supporting the treatment, research, and awareness of digital media addictions.