Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid and Opiate Addiction is the Gold Standard Treatment
I would like to clear up a point of confusion regarding the treatment of opioid addiction. When it comes to treating this form of substance abuse, traditional abstinence-based addiction treatment simply does not work for most people. The problem is that opioid withdrawal is both a psychological and physical problem. Withdrawal symptoms 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 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.
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 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, in-office, concierge treatment of 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 doctor who listens carefully to patients and takes the time to discuss treatment, side effects and 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.
Buprenorphine versus Naltrexone versus Methadone
Patients and their loved-ones often find it confusing that Suboxone, a form of buprenorphine, has a similar success rate to naltrexone. And, they may wonder about methadone as an option as well. Why do three different treatment options exist? Why doesn’t everyone get the one with the highest success rate. 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. 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. 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.
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. And, 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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