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Naltrexone for Alcoholism

Naltrexone

Naltrexone is the first opiate-antagonist medication approved by the U.S.

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of alcoholism and

opiate addiction.

Here are some of the many benefits of treatment with Naltrexone:

  • Most patients experience dramatic reductions in craving within hours of taking the first dose of naltrexone
  • Naltrexone blocks the “high” and other effects associated with alcohol and opioid use, thereby reducing the incentive to consume alcoholor opiates while on the medication
  • Naltrexone is non-habit forming and does NOT cause physical/psychological dependency and can be discontinued at any time without withdrawal symptoms
  • Naltrexone significantly reduces the probability of relapse
  • Naltrexone can be given with other medications, especially those used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions

Naltrexone for Opiates

Opiates are a class of drugs that are extremely useful for reducing pain after surgery, fractures, chemotherapy, etc. However, when used inappropriately, these drugs become powerfully addicting. Addiction occurs when the pleasure pathways of the brain have become over-stimulated by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. This over-stimulation forces the brain to adapt to the abnormal surges caused by such abuse by demanding more frequent use of the drug to maintain equilibrium.

This uncontrollable demand by the brain is what most people refer to as “craving.” Craving is the most persistent and overwhelming symptom of the disease. It can last for years and even return unexpectedly and powerfully after being dormant. Naltrexone significantly reduces the craving, therefore increasing a person’s chances for long-term success.

Naltrexone is the first opiate-antagonist medication approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of alcoholism and opiate addiction.

Naltrexone is effective against a wide variety of opiates including:

  • Vicodin
  • Oxycontin
  • Lortab
  • Percodan
  • Percocet
  • Stadol
  • Demerol
  • Dilaudid
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Methadone

More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

For Immediate Help Call (888) 570-6391

Suboxone for Opiate Treatment

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Suboxone is a sublingual tablet that contains Buprenorphine HCL as well as Naloxone HCL dihydrate. It is used for the treatment of opiate addictions such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Lortab, Percodan, Percocet, Stadol, Demerol, Dilaudid, Codeine, Heroin, and Methadone. It is a Schedule III Narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000, prescription use of medications in the treatment of opioid dependence is limited to physicians who meet certain qualifying requirements and must have written notification to the Secretary of Health and Human Services of their intent to utilize Buprenorphine HCL for the treatment of opioid dependence.

With our program, there is no need to be concerned about excessive pain or discomfort during detox. Our physician-supervised staff of highly trained registered nurses closely monitor every patient’s suboxone opiate detox. And as every individual has his or her own different needs and pain threshold, we provide a “client-specific” treatment plan, which means we will tailor our program for you or a loved one, and let you recover at your own pace.

Suboxone is the preferred medication for maintenance treatment due to the presence of naloxone in the formulation. We will slowly adjust the medication until the maintenance dose of 16mg a day is achieved without discomfort. We will then work with you and your needs to create a timeline to reduce the dosage and stop the treatment altogether.

We provide a “client-specific” treatment plan, which means we will tailor our program for you or a loved one, and let you recover at your own pace.

More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

For Immediate Help Call (888) 570-6391

Vivitrol for Alcoholism

Naltrexone

In the second quarter of 2006, the FDA approved a new drug called Vivitrol to help treat alcoholism. More recently, it has been FDA-approved for the prevention of opioid dependence, following opioid detoxification.

Vivitrol is the first and only injectable version of naltrexone, a powerful weapon against alcohol dependence. It is intended for use with people who are able to abstain from drinking in an outpatient setting. It is also indicated for use in combination with psychosocial support, such as counseling or group therapy.

At the Assisted Recovery Centers of Georgia, we utilize naltrexone (Revia) to reduce cravings, which has been highly effective for long-term recovery. Unlike deterrent medications which may make you nauseous, naltrexone simply and safely eliminates the “high” or “buzz” associated with alcohol. In addition, it significantly lessens the physical “need” to drink. Coupled with a personalized cognitive/behavioral program, naltrexone allows the freedom to focus on the emotional and mental facets of addiction.

It has been our experience at the Assisted Recovery Centers of Georgia that the majority of those who have relapsed after our treatment program were people who for one reason or another could not follow their daily regimen of naltrexone in the prescribed dosage.

The time-released formula works the same as the oral naltrexone and is simply another, more powerful safeguard against relapse.

With Vivitrol, individuals who have difficulty maintaining their daily dose of naltrexone now have the option of receiving a monthly injection of Vivitrol. The time-released formula works the same as the oral naltrexone and is simply another, more powerful safeguard against relapse.

More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

For Immediate Help Call (888) 570-6391

Campral for Alcoholism

Campral

On July 29, 2004, the FDA approved Campral® (acamprosate calcium) Delayed-Release Tablets for the maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence who are abstinent at treatment initiation. That approval brought an important new medicine to the aid of those committed to beating alcohol dependence. It was the first new medication for the treatment of alcohol dependence in almost a decade.

Campral is different from other currently available medications, which either block the “high” associated with alcohol or induce vomiting and other adverse effects of alcohol is ingested. Campral may help reduce the physical and emotional discomfort (e.g. sweating, anxiety, sleep disturbances) many people feel in the weeks and months after they’ve stopped drinking. This makes it easier for them not to drink after the immediate withdrawal period.

In both studies and in real-world use, Campral has been proven to help maintain complete abstinence and reduce the number and severity of relapses for up to 3 times more alcohol-dependent patients than an inactive medicine (placebo).

Treatment with Campral should be part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support such as counseling and support groups.

You can take comfort in the fact that Campral has been used by over 1.5 million patients worldwide. Campral can be taken along with many commonly prescribed medications, including anxiolytics, hypnotics and sedatives, nonopioid pain killers, and anti-depressants.

In studies, some people experienced side effects; however, this caused few of them to stop taking Campral. The most common side effect, diarrhea, usually resolved with time.

You can take comfort in the fact that Campral has been used by over 1.5 million patients worldwide. And Campral has been shown to have no addiction potential.

If you are committed to quitting, talk to the Assisted Recovery Centers of Georgia about Campral. Treatment should begin as soon as possible following alcohol withdrawal. The recommended daily dose is two 333 mg tablets taken three times per day that can be taken with your meals. Should you relapse, treatment can be continued and you should discuss your relapse with your doctor.

Campral should be used as part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support such as counseling and support groups. Just check the May 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, which finally confirmed what we had been saying for years!

More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

For Immediate Help Call (888) 570-6391

There are receptors for nicotine in the brain. When smoke is inhaled, nicotine attaches to these receptors. This sends a message to a different part of the brain to release a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine gives a feeling of pleasure. But it only lasts for a short time. The body wants to repeat this feeling. Based on research, it is believed that CHANTIX™ (varenicline) works by activating these receptors and blocking nicotine from attaching to them. However, CHANTIX does not contain nicotine.

CHANTIX is proven to be effective, but it’s not a magic pill. For most people, smoking is both a physical and behavioral addiction. That’s why we also offer a support plan. CHANTIX can help reduce the urge to smoke. The counselors at Assisted Recovery Centers of Georgia can help you learn to break your smoking routine.

CHANTIX™ (varenicline) is a prescription medicine specifically developed to help adults quit smoking. CHANTIX gives smokers a better chance of success than Zyban®.* Maybe you’ve tried quitting cold turkey. You may have tried nicotine gum or patches. But now there is another reason to try again. CHANTIX should be taken for 12 weeks.

Based on research, it is believed that CHANTIX™ (varenicline) works by activating these receptors and blocking nicotine from attaching to them.

At the Assisted Recovery Centers of Georgia, we believe that all addictions are medically based and therefore medically treatable. While CHANTIX™ will help curb the craving for nicotine, we will also help you live with the psychological addiction to smoking. For more information, feel free to call us at (888) 570-6391.

Naltrexone

More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
For Immediate Help Call (888) 570-6391