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OUD & AUD Treatment in Columbia

Buprenorphine (Suboxone) & Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Treatment for OUD (Opioid Use Disorder) & AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder)

As skilled and experienced specialists, our doctors understand the complexities of opioid addiction and the challenges one encounters in the recovery process.To help individuals stop using, get through withdrawal, and cope with the urges to resume drug use, we provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT)— a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. Both buprenorphine and vivitrol are available in a convenient, single monthly injection.

What is Buprenorphine?

An FDA-approved buprenorphine-based medication for treating OUD, buprenorphine blocks the cravings for opioids while eliminating (alleviating) withdrawal symptoms. As it helps individuals chart a path to recovery, buprenorphine also significantly lowers the risk of fatal and non-fatal overdoses.

How Buprenorphine works

Containing a combination of the drugs, buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (an opioid antagonist), buprenorphine works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as other opiates. By acting to block drugs like oxycodone, heroin, or morphine from latching onto their associated brain receptors, buprenorphine prevents the intoxicating effects of these opioids and reduces cravings to facilitate recovery.

The therapeutic value of buprenorphine is twofold

  • Helps individuals through the withdrawal and detoxification process
  • Supports continued recovery and abstinence through maintenance treatment

What is Vivitrol?

This medication is very useful for patients who have both OUD (Opioid Use Disorder) and AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder). If patients need assistance with both of these issues we are happy to make you an appointment immediately to discuss Vivitrol treatment.

Professional oversight with skilled, integrated, and compassionate care

Like many medications for complex conditions, buprenorphine requires a prescription and the oversight of a trained and licensed medical professional. From determining the initial buprenorphine protocol to developing a maintenance regimen and making referrals for supportive therapeutic care, our doctors provide integrated care tailored to meet individual needs and facilitate optimal recovery. 

The Doctors at Palmetto Pain Management are trained and certified to prescribe all therapeutic forms of buprenorphine, including oral tablets, sublingual films, and injectable formulations.