Hope: There is hope to overcome opioid addiction with medical treatment.

Hope: There is hope to overcome opioid addiction with medical treatment.

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Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence gives hope to recover

There is hope. Hope to recover. Hope to get better. To not die from a drug overdose. Current medical science provides what is called medication assisted treatment. This is the combined use of special medication and therapy to overcome opioid dependence and addiction.

Does the treatment work for opioids and opiates?

Yes it does work for both.  Medical treatment works for opiates such as heroin and morphine.  It also works well for opioids, including oxycodone, dilaudid, fentanyl, carfentanyl and more.  So, if you have become addicted to any of these substances, there is hope to recover with medical treatment.

What about methadone?

Quitting methadone is a bit more difficult, but it can be done. First, the key is to reduce the dosage under the supervision of your current prescriber. Talk to your current doctor about this. However, if you are taking methadone off the street, you should consider attending a formal inpatient detox program.

Is there also hope to complete medication assisted treatment in a short time?

Everyone is different in this regard. However, you should expect to be on treatment for at least several months. Some patients take a bit longer to get established in their overall recovery program.

What medication do you prescribe for treatment?

We use several different medications for treatment..  There is buprenorphine, which is the main active ingredient. And, there is also the following brands: Subutex, Suboxone and Zubsolv. There are also other brands in the same category.

How do I get started?

If you are ready to take the next step, then call your doctor. Yet, not all doctors can prescribe these medications. There are free websites that will help you find a doctor that can help you.  If you live in South Florida, in the Fort Lauderdale area, please call 954-776-6226. My name is Mark Leeds, D.O. I am an osteopathic physician. I treat opioid dependence and addiction.  You can call or use the contact form on this site.