Medical Treatment

Addiction treatment has evolved over the past few decades, and medical treatments are now considered the centerpiece of any safe and effective program. “Medical” means that your detox and addiction treatment are directly prescribed by physicians and nurse practitioners who are trained in addiction treatments. We also have experienced patient support team who will help throughout your time with us. This level of support ensures that your physical and emotional needs are met while you focus on learning new life skills.

What medical services are provided during the opioid detox stage?

As you go through your treatment, you may experience physical and emotional issues that are difficult to manage on your own. Our physicians and nurse practitioners provide medical interventions that alleviate these symptoms.

Some of the most common issues that arise during opioid detox and addiction treatment:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Restless legs
  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Our physicians carefully walk you through each stage of the detox process. This includes a gentle taper of the buprenorphine dose over the first 3 to 4 weeks to the initial maintenance phase. Frequent telehealth visits allow you to be closely monitored by your physician. Your treatment will be customized to your specific symptoms. You will receive the treatment you need to successfully move through detox as comfortably as possible. We provide you with any medications you will need to help you get through these symptoms and focus on your recovery.

Why are medical treatments important?

Medical treatments help you focus on what is most important — overcoming your addiction. You may have a psychiatric diagnosis that led to your drug and alcohol use. In this case, we help you find the help that you need to minimize the effects of the condition. Detox and the initial stages withdrawal may bring about physical and emotional issues that need to be remedied on a short-term basis, and our clinical team is available to help you through those difficult times.

What Do Medical Treatments Involve?

The goal of medical treatments is to make you as comfortable as possible during the intial detox phase tapering down to the intial maintenance phase. The supplementing of addiction medications to combat the withdrawal effects allow you to focus on the goal of long-term sobriety success.

If you feel comfortable physically and emotionally, you are more likely to engage with the treatment and embrace new tools that will help with long-term sobriety. Medical treatment begins at the initial assessment and continues throughout the two years of your treatment. We monitor your progress and adjust buprenorphine dosing as needed throughout your duration of treatment. look for signs that your medications may need to be adjusted.

We understand that taking medications may not appeal to all our clients, however, medical data shows that for most patients, success if much greater with medical treatments.. We will explain why the medications are being recommended and how they may help you better accomplish your goals.

Why You Need Medical Addiction Treatment

Most relapses occur because individuals go through treatment programs that are much too short for the amount of time that is required for our brain to change its automatic response pathways. Our success stems from taking an individualized approach to medication dosing.

You are the most important piece of your addiction recovery. Medically managed services alone do not determine your success in achieving long-term sobriety, but they allow your brain to be free of the strong survival drive that comes from your brain placing high importance on the relief gained from using opioids. These signals can cause cravings that are so strong that it is difficult to resist them. Success rates are higher when the treatment course is longer. This is because while your body can overcome withdrawal and physical cravings relatively quickly, powerful psychological cravings still occur until well more than a year after that.  This is especially true when you experience emotional stressors called triggers.  The brain is slow to change and success reaches maximum levels when medical treatments follow the chronic disease model similar to when we treat diabetes, heart disease, depression or anxiety. Medication treatment dramatically decreases psychological cravings. When patients do reuse opioids or relapse, the medication greatly decreases the reward.  We will never criticize or punish you for reusing opioids or relapsing.  We will only help you analyze and learn why your brain had sudden, strong cravings, so we can help you better next time.  Eventually your brain will replace cravings for opioids with healthy alternatives like going for a walk, doing a hobby or spending time with loved ones.  Only once this point is reached, will long term sobriety become a high likelihood.

What Are The Benefits of Medically Managed Addiction Services?

At Resilience Health, we understand how difficult it can be to manage and control an addiction, especially the symptoms that potentially appear. Medically managed addiction services can help alleviate these symptoms in conjunction with therapy services to keep the addiction under control.

Below is a list of benefits of medically managed addiction services:

  • Withdrawal symptoms are managed, so they are less intense and easier to get through.
  • The risk of an overdose death is significantly reduced.
  • Treatment retention is increased with safe and controlled medications.
  • The risk of illegal drug use is reduced along with the potential dangers and legal ramifications.
  • It can help better prevent relapse with counseling and behavioral therapy.

Schedule an Appointment

If you or someone you know needs medically assisted addiction services in Heber City, UT, Resilience Health is here to help. Contact us at 435-261-7878 to schedule an appointment today!

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