Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Dependence on alcohol and drugs is our most serious national public health problem. It is prevalent among rich and poor, in all regions of the country, and all ethnic and social groups. Millions of Americans misuse or are dependent on alcohol or drugs. Most of them have families who suffer the consequences, often serious, of living with this illness. If there is alcohol or drug dependence in your family, remember you are not alone.

If someone close to you misuses alcohol or drugs, the first step is to be honest about the problem and to seek help for yourself, your family, and your loved one. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, in many different forms, and for different lengths of time. Stopping the alcohol or drug use is the first step to recovery, and most people need help to stop.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services at InterCare Community Health Network are patient-centered and recovery-oriented— designed to allow individuals to participate in an individualized program while continuing to live independently in their own community. Patients who are working, going to school, or fulfilling other obligations are able to participate in outpatient substance use disorder services while managing their own schedules.

In addition to counseling, Medication Assisted Treatment is also available.

MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT
Our Medication Assisted Treatment Program uses one of two medications to help patients successfully overcome addition. Based on individual needs, patients either enter a treatment program with Vivitrol, or one with Suboxone. To participate in the MAT program, patients must stop alcohol and drug use 1—2 weeks before being able to begin treatment. Once in the treatment program patients must also participate in mandatory counseling sessions to continue receiving the drug.

VIVITROL
Vivitrol treats alcohol and opiate dependence. It is a non-opiode, so it is not addictive; there is no risk of withdrawal once it is stopped. Vivitrol blocks the effects of opioids on the brain. If used to treat alcoholism, it blocks the pleasurable affects of drinking. It also eases cravings. Vivitrol is a once-a-month injection.

SUBOXONE
Suboxone produces similar results to Vivitrol, but it is a film that dissolves under the tongue. It is taken on a regular schedule.

In addition, the MAT team also employs behavioral health case workers who assist patients with access to Medicaid, food, housing and transportation resources as well as other community supports and resources.

For more information about programs and services available at InterCare or to schedule an appointment, please call (855) 869-6900 during regular business hours.

Reference:
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families | U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration www.samhsa.gov