Opiate dependence is both an extremely common problem in our society, and very difficult to overcome without professional help. Use of opioid pain medications or street drugs like heroin often begins in a seemingly benign way, but by the time the extent of the problem becomes clear, it’s too late to easily stop.
We realize that opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and take a compassionate approach to individualized treatment without judgment.
What Kinds of Opioid Addiction Do We Treat?
We specialize in the compassionate treatment of addiction to:
Norco / Vicodin / hydrocodone
OxyContin / Percocet / Roxicodone / oxycodone
Dilaudid / hydromorphone
Ultram / tramadol
Dr. Maria C. Davila also has experience and specific methods for treating co-occurring addiction to alcohol or benzodiazepines such as Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam) and Restoril (tempazepam).
We typically require that our doctor assume prescribing of all controlled substances while a patient is under our care.
The Suboxone Treatment Program – What to Expect
A team of addiction specialists, led by Board-Certified addiction medicine physician Maria C.Davila M.D.treats those suffering from addiction to opiates in a highly structured process that includes:
Comprehensive medical, psychological and addiction evaluation by our expert team;
Individualized treatment plans customized to the patient’s unique situation;
A discreet and private office in the heart of Prairie Village, Kansas;
Integration of treatment services to produce superior results;
A focus of maintaining and improving the ability to function in life during treatment;
Assistance to negotiate serious family, employment, regulatory and legal situations.
Opiate Withdrawal Relief
Opiate withdrawal is a very unpleasant situation that often motivates people to get into treatment.
Early symptoms of withdrawal include:
Late symptoms of withdrawal include:
Buprenorphine can be used to rapidly relieve opiate withdrawal symptoms and provide stability so that the affected individual can function better, take care of essential life tasks, and make preparations for their longer term goals.
Opioid Dependence Treatment Plans
Each person’s treatment plan is individually customized based on their needs and situation. A typical opioid dependence treatment plan may include some, or all, of the following:
Medication-assisted opiate detox, stabilization, and maintenance treatment;
Individual and/or group psychotherapy therapy for addiction;
Diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring physical health problems;
Diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring mood issues and other psychological problems;
Coordination of family support and family therapy;
Nutritional support and functional medicine augmentation of treatment;
Self tracking with quant coaching support;
Other modalities such as physical training and sleep coaching.
Smooth transition from “detox” phase, and on to an ongoing maintenance plan.
Medication-Assisted Opiate Addiction Treatment
Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone and Subutex, is a prescription medication indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, available only by prescription from a specially-certified Suboxone doctor. The active ingredient, buprenorphine, has also been produced under the Subutex brand. Buprenorphine is an opiate partial-agonist which effectively substitutes for regular opiates and typically stabilizes opiate addiction so the patient can function better. While not a cure for opioid addiction, substituting buprenorphine for a full agonist opioid such as those listed above often stabilizes a person’s brain chemistry, stops the development of further opioid tolerance, and buys time so that the person can get their life and health together in preparation for getting off opioids altogether. Buprenorphine has other favorable pharmacologic properties and is well-tolerated by most. It is part of a harm reduction strategy and we have found it to be an extremely helpful adjunct to comprehensive treatment of opioid addiction.
There are also many nuances and controversies about treatment methods such as Suboxone and other opiate detox drugs.
Our Team of Addiction Specialists
A Board Certified addiction medicine specialist,Maria C. Davila M.D leads our team of experts and is licensed to prescribe buprenorphine, Subutex or Suboxone for opiate addiction. We utilize a highly integrative approach that can also include nutritional support, dietary support, personal life skills training and other modalities as appropriate.