Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment saves lives. It is the use of medication to help with the management of substance use disorder and prevent potential opioid overdose. It can be used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapies, but can also be used alone for disease management. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the withdrawal of the abused drug, SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment).
There are three main medications, Suboxone, Vivitrol and Methadone.
This medication reduces the cravings for opioids from the receptors in the brain. This drug can be prescribed by a primary physician who is certified to dispense this drug.
Find physicians and treatment programs providing buprenorphine for opioid addiction (heroin or pain relievers). Buprenorphine Treatment Provider Locator
This medication blocks the opioid receptors in the brain so no pleasurable feeling is obtained from opioid use. Naltrexone can be prescribed by any health care provider who is licensed to prescribe medication. It comes in shot or pill form. We found the following link to the Vivitrol webpage to be helpful in understanding the effects of addiction on the brain and how Vivitrol assists in disease management. https://www.vivitrol.com/opioid-dependence/about-addiction-and-treatment
This is a treatment that has been used for decades to manage the symptoms of addiction to opioids. It comes in liquid and pill forms and is taken daily.
Methadone is distributed by approved providers. Erie County, NY has the following methadone treatment providers:
Sister's Hospital Pathways
158 Holden St.
Community Action Organization of Western NY, Inc.
1237 Main St.
254 Virginia Street