Office-Based Opioid Treatment

Office-based Opioid Treatment

Office based opioid treatment is a form of medication assisted treatment. However, it refers specifically to the use of medications to treat opioid addiction.

Opioid overdose has become a leading cause of death in our country and Utah has one of the highest rates of opioid deaths in the nation. Medications used in office based opioid treatment, like buprenorphine (subutex, suboxone) and naltrexone (revia and vivitrol) have been shown to reduce the rates of death by overdose, as well as incarceration and contracting diseases related to drug use. These medications have also been shown to be of benefit in terms of helping people initiate and stay in recovery. We have expertise in the appropriate use of these medications and will determine whether one of them might be beneficial for you.

At times people will argue that using these medications is “substituting one drug for another.” While it is true that these medications are used in place of a more harmful drug, it is important to recognize that they are being used as a tool that helps people lead healthier, safer, legal, and happier more productive lives.

The importance of responsible and safe prescribing of these medications can not be overemphasized. Nor can the importance of a therapeutic relationship between the provider and the patient. These medications should also be used in conjunction with other recovery supports, such as mutual support meetings and counseling. When these principles are followed, the results are impressive. People’s lives quickly improve, families start to heal and many people are able to reduce or eliminate their dependence on these medications once stable patterns of recovery have been established.

“No other rehab I’ve been to has been able to provide an environment which enabled me to be myself and grow so much.”

— C.U.

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