Whether you’re seeking treatment out for yourself or for a loved one, individuals researching treatment tend to have the same questions. Instead of worrying about different aspects of treatment or being nervous to ask, consider the below addiction treatment FAQ:
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, Integrative Health Centers accept most major insurances.
Can I receive treatment if I’m without insurance?
Yes, we have many patients who pay in cash. We also work to retrieve credentials from your insurance as time goes by if we don’t immediately accept your coverage.
What is medically assisted therapy, or MAT?
Medically assisted therapy uses specific medications prescribed by doctors to treat addictions and other disorders. At Integrative Health Centers, we tend to utilize Naltrexone and buprenorphine for our patients as we see fit.
Why do I feel sick when I start with the MAT?
When you take your first dose of medications through a MAT program, your body is already accustomed to high levels of opioids. These medications will compete with these opioids and replace the receptors in your brain, making you experience withdrawal. While this unpleasant feeling can be experienced, other medications can help to subside certain symptoms.
How does buprenorphine work?
Buprenorphine binds to the pain receptors in your brain while mimicking the effects of opioids. By doing so, this medication works to eliminate cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. Because you won’t be experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you are able to concentrate on your treatment fully.
When will I start to feel better?
Patients can begin to feel better after 30 minutes of taking the medications, while the most clearly noticeable changes take place after an hour.
How long does buprenorphine last?
Most patients feel the effects of the medication throughout the day. However, this can change depending on the size of the patient, their tolerance and metabolism, and their substance of choice. In some cases, doctors might feel it’s best to increase the dosage of buprenorphine to prevent patients from feeling sick.
Can I go to work after a dose of buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine can make patients feel drowsy, so it’s often best to wait before returning to work. Talk with your doctor to learn how to minimize your time away from work best. We aim to make visits to our office all-encompassing to help prevent time away from your daily responsibilities.
Is it essential to take buprenorphine at the same time every day?
Yes, taking the medication at the same time every day will help to prevent experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
What is an opioid?
An opioid is a synthetic drug that is made in a lab to reproduce opiate molecules. It works the same way as natural opiates and effects pain receptors in the brain the same as well.
How can family members help?
The best way for family members to help their loved one is to be a constant source of support and encouragement. Loved ones can attend support groups, meetings, and family therapy sessions while also encouraging the patient to continue with treatment and to take their medications every day on time.
Help Through Integrative Health Centers
Are you ready to begin your journey towards long-lasting recovery and healing? Do you have more specific questions that aren’t listed in the above addiction FAQs? Contact Integrative Health Centers today by calling 731.352.0603. Our clinical team is ready to answer all of your questions and help you determine which programs are best for your needs.