Thursday, January 31, 2013

Medication Assisted Treatment Offered at Gateway Foundation

To help an individual overcome mild to moderate physical dependency from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines, Gateway Foundation recognizes the benefits of medication assisted treatment to address withdrawal symptoms, cravings and detoxification.

Medication assisted treatment is offered at Gateway Foundation centers as part of their comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs. Along with counseling and therapy, medication assisted treatment may help individuals modify their behavior to make better lifestyle changes for long-term success. Treatment for dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances can include the use of a few medications. Gateway works closely with individuals to help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for them.

Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment:
  • Offered in both Outpatient and Residential Treatment
  • Reduces or eliminates cravings 
  • Decreases withdrawal symptoms 
  • Reduces the risk of relapse 
  • Hospitalization is generally not needed 
Benefits vary based on factors that include dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances. 
Prescribed Medications 

Suboxone®
Studies have shown that people taking Suboxone tend to improve their success with non-drug therapies. Managing the physical symptoms for opiate dependency helps people gain control of their life and concentrate on their counseling and recovery. Learn More

Vivitrol®
Vivitrol, when combined with counseling, may help individuals abstain from alcohol and/or opiates as part of their ongoing recovery. Vivitrol reduces cravings and helps people maintain sobriety. Learn More

Medications for Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Dependence
According to individual needs, Gateway Foundation can address alcohol dependency, alcohol withdrawal and withdrawal from benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Librium, Valium and Xanax, with additional medication treatments. They can help those with mild to moderate alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency stabilize in order to engage in behavioral therapy treatment programs. Some severe cases may require hospitalization.

For more information, contact:
Dana Bohnenstiehl
Outreach Coordinator
Mobile: 618-567-8382
debohnen@gatewayfoundation.org


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