Opioid dependence is a physical addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin that affects many people in the U.S. Unfortunately, people who struggle with opioid dependence may be reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma attached to the notion of “drug dependence.” People who are opioid dependent may continue using opioids despite experiencing harmful consequences. If you or someone you know may be dependent on opioids, you are not alone. In 2013, there were nearly 2.4 million reports of people that had abused or were dependent on opioids. Opioids can be prescription painkillers. For example, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl—better known by the brand names as OxyContin ® , Vicodin ® and Percocet ® ,—are opioids. The street drug heroin is also an opioid.
HOW CAN TRI-COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES HELP?
Tri-County Human Services, Inc., (TCHS) offers two Medication Assisted Treatment programs. Suboxone and Vivitrol. Both programs focus on the aspects of addiction through counseling and medication. Medication adherence and abstinence from opiates, alcohol and all other drug use are closely monitored. Drug screening is conducted on a random basis.
Individuals in our Mediation Assisted Treatment (MAT) program can have access to the following services:
• Case management
• Psychiatric and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
• Individual and Group Therapy
• Specialized services for post-partum women
SUBOXONE TREATMENT IS FOR OPIATE ADDICTION
How Can Suboxone Help?
Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film is a prescription medicine indicated for treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support. Suboxone helps to suppress withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings. Suboxone is a medication designed to assist patients through early recovery from opiate addiction to ultimately achieve a drug free lifestyle.
There are 2 ways to access Suboxone services at Tri-County Human Services:
One way to access care is through our Detoxification Center. At Detox, an assessment will be completed to see if Suboxone is recommended. If Suboxone is recommended the individual may be required to stay several days during the start of the medication. Prior to discharge from Detox, a case manager will be assigned and will assist in follow up treatment services.
If an individual does not need detox services, seeking treatment in one of our Outpatient clinics may be an option. Individuals can begin outpatient services by completing an outpatient assessment at one of our 4 outpatient sites to see if they are a candidate for Suboxone.
VIVITROL TREATMENT IS FOR OPIATE OR ALCOHOL ADDICTION
How Can VIvitrol Help?
Vivitrol (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) is the first and only non-addictive, once-monthly medication that, when combined with counseling, is proven to help prevent relapse to opioid and alcohol dependence, after detox. Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain while you work with the psychological aspects of counseling. When used as part of a treatment plan that includes counseling, Vivitrol can help prevent relapse to opioid dependence.
In order to access Vivitrol services, individuals can begin outpatient services by completing an outpatient assessment at one of our 4 outpatient sites to see if they are a candidate for Vivitrol.
Program Director: Becky Razaire