Science is challenging the myth that will-power is all it takes to beat addiction. The reality is, once addicted, the biochemistry of your brain is permanently changed. Because of that, it’s not as simple as “choosing” to stop taking opioids or other addictive substances like heroin. We believe going ‘cold turkey’ is not realistic for most people and sustainable recovery is more likely to occur through medication assisted treatment.
Medication Assisted Treatment combines the use of medications with behavioral therapies, like counseling, to overcome opioid addiction disorder.
Cedar Recovery creates treatment plans which primarily include prescribing patients a medication called buprenorphine, commonly known as Suboxone. This medication curbs cravings, but blocks brain receptors from actually being hit with a large rush of dopamine (that dopamine rush would be recognized as the high feeling achieved through opioid misuse). When taken properly under the supervision of a medical professional, Suboxone is proven to diminish the effects of physical dependency to opioids like withdrawal.
A: This is a common misconception about Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment. When taking medication as prescribed, physical cravings cease over time. Drug-seeking behavior and compulsive use is less likely.
A: While typical buprenorphine treatment takes place for six months to a year, our physicians know that every patient is different and believe in treating the patient as long as needed to set them up for a successful long-term recovery.