5 Drug Addiction Treatments Options Explained!

In 2012, an estimated 2.2 million people in the United States were reported with a drug dependency or addiction. It is now said that prescription drugs and opioids cause more deaths every year than traffic accidents and firearms. If you or someone you know is suffering from a drug addiction problem, here are some treatment options available at Cognitive Psychiatry for addiction.

BUPRENORPHINE (SUBOXONE)

This is a medication prescribed by specially trained doctors who see patients in their normal office setting. This medication is a replacement therapy, acting like an opioid to prevent or minimize the physical symptoms that result from withdrawals. Buprenorphine contains special properties that make it a good and safe choice for replacement therapy.

METHADONE

Methadone is another therapy that replaces opioids. However, this particular prescription is given only through certain programs at clinics which require daily attendance.

NALTREXONE

This medication blocks opioids so they have no effect if you try to use them again. This is often a form of treatment used by someone who has not used opioids for an extended period of time, or has recently tapered off replacement therapy and they are wanting to reduce their risk of relapse.

INPATIENT DETOXIFICATION (DETOX) PROGRAMS

These programs are designed to help you stop using opioids quickly in a medically supervised setting. In this program, you will stay at a hospital, forcing you to come off of opioids quickly. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely, but the staff there can give you medications to help ease the discomfort of the withdrawal.

REHABILITATION (REHAB) PROGRAMS

These programs are often a second phase of treatment, recommended after you go through a detox program. Typically, in a rehab program, you live away from home and are surrounded by others in the same or similar program as you. You attend groups and individual therapy sessions which are meant to help you understand and cope with your dependence.


Each person is different and our doctors work with our patients to find the right treatment plan that will work best for them and their lifestyle. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at: 919-636-5240.

We are ready and waiting to help you get your life back.

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