Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program
Methadone is a synthetic opioid used in the treatment of opiate addiction. It is useful in substance abuse treatment because it possesses a cross-tolerance with other opiates such as heroin and OxyContin and its effects are long lasting. This means methadone decreases the response to harmful illicit drugs and can do so for up to 36 hours. Methadone can stabilize the symptoms of withdrawal and, in higher doses, it can block the euphoric effects of heroin, morphine, and similar drugs. As a result, properly managed methadone patients can reduce or stop their use of these substances altogether.
According to the Office of National Drug Policy Control, Methadone is a safe and efficacious treatment of narcotic dependence and withdrawal. This synthetic narcotic has been used to treat opiate addiction for over thirty years.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) can focus on either substance use, mental health or co-occurring disorders. The treatment provides non-residential treatment for individuals needing more than once-a-week outpatient therapy. The program includes three hours of structured outpatient group treatment each day in a small group setting (10 – 12 participants) and includes educational information on a variety of topics along with peer interaction and support.
Individual, Group and Family Therapy
Clients receive individualized counseling services on a monthly basis and as needed or requested. Our counseling services are designed and implemented to support the recovery, health, and well being, of the persons or families served. In addition, these services seek to enhance the quality of life, assist in the completion of goals and objectives, reduce symptoms or needs, build resilience, restore an improved functioning, and support the integration of the persons served into the community.
Clients are urged to participate in group counseling sessions to supplement individual sessions. There are many benefits to participating in group therapy during substance abuse and mental health treatment. NERC offers various support groups , in accordance with the needs and desires of patients that include, but are not limited to: gender specific, co-occurring, relapse prevention, anger management, grief/loss and trauma counseling.
The individual recovery/treatment planning process shall involve the family/legal guardian of the person served, when applicable. Families are encouraged to participate in educational programs offered by each clinic as well as an individual session as requested with valid releases of information
Suboxone (Buprenorphine) Treatment
Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved under DATA 2000 for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. Suboxone can also be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medication.
The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist. Partial opioid agonists have limit effects as compared to those produced by full opioid agonists, such as oxycodone or heroin. Suboxone also contains naloxone, an opioid antagonist.
The naloxone in Suboxone is there to discourage people from dissolving the tablet and injecting it. When Suboxone is placed under the tongue as directed, very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream, so what the patient feels are the effects of the buprenorphine. However, if naloxone is injected, it can cause a person dependent on a full opioid agonist to quickly go into withdrawal.
At the appropriate dose, Suboxone may be used to:
- Reduce illicit opioid use
- Help patients stay in treatment
- Suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal
- Decrease cravings for opioids
- Alcohol Dependence Treatment
- Ambulatory Chemical Detoxification