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Empowering You with Information
It’s perfectly normal to be apprehensive about the thought of addiction treatment, especially if you don’t know what to expect or how the medication-assisted treatment process will unfold. Knowing what to expect can help to prevent a fear of the unknown. That’s why it’s so important to us that you are well informed before you start treatment at SaVida Health.
Here’s What You Can Expect
Whether you’re ready to enter our outpatient medication-assisted treatment program or you want more information for an addicted loved one, all you need to do is give us a call at 833-356-4080 to schedule a consultation. If you’re unable to call at the moment, that’s no problem. Just complete our simple Callback Form on the website and one of our staff members will call you back as soon as possible.
When you speak to one of our staff members for the first time, our goal is to understand your recovery needs. While on the call, we’ll complete a brief assessment and schedule your first appointment as quickly as possible if eligibility requirements are met.
Your First Appointment at SaVida Health
During your first appointment, we get to know you and understand your current situation. Our team will describe the treatment process in detail, go over insurance and financial obligations, and discuss the program guidelines.
We will also conduct:
- Social and drug history review
- Medical history review
- Medical assessment
- Required lab tests
When appropriate, SaVida Health prescribes the following FDA-approved and proven medications to treat patients:
- Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone): Suboxone is a medication that prevents cravings and decreases or eliminates withdrawal symptoms. Patients on Suboxone report feeling normal, functional, and clear minded all day long, which allows them to make positive choices that support long-term recovery. When combined with counseling and other forms of support, Suboxone can be highly effective in helping patients recover from addiction.
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol): Vivitrol is a monthly injectable medication approved for the treatment of opioid or alcohol addiction. It works by binding to receptors in the brain and preventing the pleasant effects of opioids or alcohol. It has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of relapse. Vivitrol can only be initiated after all opioids have been detoxed from the body.
Buprenorphine Extended Release (Sublocade)Sublocade is a once-a-month injection of extended release buprenorphine that prevents opioid cravings and decreases or eliminates withdrawal symptoms. It was approved by the FDA on November 30, 2017 for treatment of opioid use disorder in patients who have already initiated treatment with a transmucosal (absorbed through tissues in the mouth) buprenorphine-containing product like Suboxone. It is indicated for patients who have been on a stable dose of buprenorphine treatment for a minimum of seven days. The injection is given monthly with a minimum of 26 days between treatments.
Beginning Medication-Assisted Treatment
Once admitted to our program, your clinician will write a prescription for the recommended medication. You can fill the prescription through the pharmacy of your choice.
Before taking Suboxone for the first time, your system must be free of opioids and you should be in a state of moderate withdrawal. If you take Suboxone before symptoms of withdrawal occur, you run the risk of experiencing precipitated withdrawal (sudden extreme withdrawal).
Once in a state of withdrawal, your first dose of Suboxone will be taken under observation. If you have no adverse reactions and respond well to the treatment, your dosage will be adjusted until you have no further opioid withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
The goal is to find a Suboxone dosage that provides you the best relief from withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.
Ongoing Office Visits
Appointments with our team will be scheduled based on your individual needs and clinician’s recommendations. As you successfully progress through our medication-assisted treatment program, the frequency of office appointments will typically go from weekly to bi-weekly to monthly.