What Treatment Options Exist?
A range of treatments exist for heroin and opiate pain pill addiction, including medications and behavioral therapies. Treatment usually begins with medically assisted detox to help patients withdraw from the opiates safely.
Medications such as clonidine and Suboxone (buprenorphine) can be used to help minimize symptoms of withdrawal. However, detox alone is NOT treatment and has NOT been shown to be effective in preventing relapse - it is just the first step.
INSynergy can assist with a painless detox from heroin and opiate pain pills. Once detoxed, INSynergy can offer new options for blocking the effects of heroin and opiate pain pills and preventing relapse with new FDA approved medications designed for the treatment of heroin and opiate pain pill addictions.
Learn More About:
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is an effective, safe medication approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of heroin addiction.
Suboxone contains Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Suboxone is partial opioid agonist, which means that it produces less effect than a full agonist when it binds to opioid receptors in the brain. The way in which opioids affect the brain can be explained using a lock and key analogy. The opioid receptor is like a lock. Only the right key will fit perfectly into the lock, only opioid type drugs fit into the opioid receptors. With ful opioid agonists such as methadone, heroin, oxycodone, or morphine, the key will fit the lock perfectly, and fully stimulate the receptor thereby producing full opioid effects such as euphoria or "feeling high" and produces the side effects such as respiratory depression and sedation. These drugs have the greatest abuse potential. With a partial agonist like Buprenorphine, the key fits the lock but not as well as the full opioid agonist, so it produces limited effects, enough to prevent withdrawal and cravings but not enough to cause intense euphoria. Buprenorphine does not allow other opioids to enter the receptor and can also displace other opioids from the receptor.
Suboxone also contains Naloxone which is an opioid antagonist. Opioid antagonists also bind to the receptor, but instead of stimulating the receptor, they effectively block the receptor. An antagonist is like a key that fits into the lock but does not open it and prevents another key from being inserted to open the lock. The Naloxone is in Suboxone to prohibit individuals from injecting it. The injection process will cause the Naloxone to be activated which will cause immediate symptoms of opiate withdrawal. When Suboxone tablet is placed and dissolved under the tongue, the individual will receive the intended benefit of the medication.
The agonist effects of Buprenorphine increase with increasing doses. At a certain point, however, the increasing effects of the Buprenorphine reach maximum levels and do not increase further, even if the dose continues to rise creating a "ceiling effect". This ceiling effect makes Buprenorphine safer, making it less likely to produce opioid overdose and reducing its potential street value, Buprenorphine carries a lower risk of abuse, addiction, and side effects compared to full opioid agonists.
Suboxone can be used as a detoxification or maintenance medication.
What is Vivitrol?
VIVITROL is the first and only non-addictive drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent opioid dependence after patients have gone through opioid detoxification. Vivitrol is an injectable time released form of naltrexone that is taken once a month. Vivitrol acts on the brain's receptors for pleasure, blocking the receptor's ability to gain any reaction from chemicals such as heroin or opiate pain pills.
When opioids like heroin or pain pills are in your body, they send signals to the brain's reward system, creating a euphoric feeling that can lead to addiction. VIVITROL blocks these signals. VIVITROL blocks the effects of opiates and prevents dependence.
- VIVITROL is not addictive and does not lead to physical dependence
- VIVITROL does not replace or act as a substitute for opioids
- VIVITROL does not provide pain relief
- Unlike opioids, VIVITROL does not create a "high"
INSynergy is an approved provider of Vivitrol, and we serve clients based in St. Louis, MO.