When someone is struggling to manage medication use that has become problematic, perhaps even addictive, the innovative pharmacology approach at Recovery Without Walls can help. Our professional medical staff provides personalized, effective treatment that addresses each individual’s needs.
Problematic ADD and ADHD Pharmacology
Prescription stimulants for the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults include methylphenidate and amphetamine compounds such as dextroamphetamine. These medications, better known as Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse and Concerta, have proven helpful in managing the symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
When patients find that these drugs have become ineffective, are misused or cause a recurrence of symptoms, there are effective alternatives with less addictive potential than traditional prescriptions. If medications are not effectively managing your symptoms, options are available. Call Recovery Without Walls to discuss our approach to remedying problematic ADD and ADHD pharmacology.
Addiction to Prescription Medication
Prescriptions designed to treat pain, depression, anxiety, and other health issues can also begin to create problems when the patient becomes dependent on them. However, it is possible to treat each patient’s symptoms without addictive substances. At Recovery Without Walls, we have combined holistic techniques and Western medicine for an integrated approach.
First, our team of clinicians is able to substitute addictive medications for equally effective alternatives. This enables each patient to overcome their depression, anxiety, or chronic pain without the development of a substance use disorder. For example, buprenorphine (Suboxone) has been traditionally used in the treatment of addiction; however, it is also proven to successfully manage chronic pain with a lower addictive potential than other opioids.
Additionally, alternative therapies may be employed to further treat the symptoms associated with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and other health concerns. We have developed an extensive provider network which connects each patient with resources for acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy, nutrition, and psychotherapy.
When combined, these techniques yield an extremely powerful integrative approach for sustained recovery. For more information about our innovative pharmacological solutions and holistic methods, please call our admissions team.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Addiction
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of safe and appropriate medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide that holistic, or “whole-patient,” approach for the treatment of addiction to drugs or alcohol. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the medications used in MAT and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs.
Popular drugs used in MAT include;
Buprenorphine (Suboxone): This drug is incredibly effective in the treatment of opioid use disorder and chronic pain. It is available in several forms, including sublingual tablets, buccal films, tablets, and extended-release injections. An opioid partial agonist, buprenorphine reduces the chance of overdose, lowers the potential for misuse, and diminishes the effects of opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Naltrexone: A medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. It is available in pill form or as an extended-release intramuscular injection. Naltrexone blocks the sedative and euphoric effects of heroin, codeine, and other substances by binding opioid receptors.
Medication is only one aspect of treatment. It must be combined with a set of supplementary therapies – such as meditation, nutrition, exercise, and talk therapy – to be effective. At Recovery Without Walls, innovative pharmacology is just one component of our integrative approach.
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Dr. Howard Kornfeld, founder and medical director at Recovery Without Walls, pioneered the use of buprenorphine for treating chronic pain. He is a pharmacological specialist with extensive experience in the treatment of ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, and more. To receive a consultation from Dr. Kornfeld, please contact us today.