The Bergand Group recognizes evidence-based and appropriate use of medications and dietary supplements to assist with addiction treatment and co-occuring disorders. This knowledge goes into our systems for medication management in Baltimore City.
The Role of Medication Management in Baltimore City
Though The Bergand Group has a drug free/abstinence philosophy as the foundation to addiction treatment, we know that there is often value to adding a supportive medication to the process in order to aid the patient in his or her recovery. When patients come to The Bergand Group, they are first evaluated to assess the severity of their addiction. Together with an addiction treatment physician, patients and therapists decide which combinations of treatment methods will work best for them.
The physicians at The Bergand Group are experienced and trained in the use of a spectrum of medication usage including Suboxon – an opioid pharmacological intervention that is used for detoxification and short term stabilization purposes – and Vivitrol – a once-monthly medication that helps reduce opioid and alcohol dependence and cravings. These same physicians are both American Board of Addiction Medicine and Suboxone certified, so patients and their loved ones can set their minds at ease.
Note that medication management is always used in conjunction with other programs such as group, individual, and family therapy and counseling. The physical withdrawal symptoms from certain substances such as opioids and alcohol can be especially strong, making it difficult for the patient to concentrate on other aspects of recovery. Medication management treatment is used to treat the physical withdrawal symptoms of addiction to allow the patient to move forward with other facets of the recovery process.
As mentioned before, one of the two options provided by The Bergand Group is Suboxon. Also known as buprenorphine, Suboxon is used for the treatment of opioid addiction. Not only does it reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, it also prevents the patient from feeling the effects of opioids if he or she were to introduce them into their body. It does not produce a high or feeling of euphoria in patients with opioid addiction.
The other, Vivitrol, is a once-monthly medication that helps in treating alcohol and opioid dependence. Those suffering from an alcohol or opioid dependence must stop using before starting use. Vivitrol is not a replacement for alcohol and drug recovery programs, rather it works in conjunction with treatment such as therapy and/or intensive outpatient programs.
One of these may appear within your treatment, but keep in mind that there are also others that may be offered depending on your situation. The bottom line is that, whatever medication is provided during your treatment with The Bergand Group, it will be administered carefully and thoughtfully so as to keep you on the right track for recovery.
To learn more about medication management in Baltimore City and the role that in plays in addiction rehabilitation, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.