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Medical Approach for Substance Abuse

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Medication in Treating Opiate Addiction

When treating opiate/opioid dependency or addiction, it is at times necessary to use medication as part of the treatment plan for those who are suffering from this form of addiction. Medications such as Naltrexone and Vivitrol® are opioid blockers. These work by blocking the opiate receptors in the brain which stops the user from getting that euphoric or “high” effect. This is also effective in helping to prevent future relapse. These medications and others like them are prescribed by doctors who specialize in addiction medicine.

Most of these medications are taken orally every few days, as is the case with Naltrexone. Vivitrol® however is an extended release medication that is injected into the buttocks by the prescribing physician every 30 days as long as this treatment is needed.

At Renaissance Ranch Outpatient we understand that opiate dependence, like any other addiction, can’t be overcome alone. Dr. Erickson and Dr. Sellers are trained and certified in addiction medicine. They stay up to date on the latest medical advancements and prescribing methods. We will use every tool at our disposal to help you get your life back in control so you can start living the life you’ve always wanted. For more information on medication-assisted opiate dependency treatment methodology and techniques, call us today.


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