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Addiction Treatment Questions and Answers

Can I become addicted to Methadone, Buprenorphine or Vivitrol?

Methadone and Buprenorphine are opiates used to treat withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, if used inappropriately, a person can become addicted to them. However, at ASAP, they are prescribed by a physician who oversees the medical treatment of your recovery here. Because the physician is determining the dose of the medication you are receiving, addiction to them will not occur. Vivitrol is an opiate antagonist and blocks opiate receptors, thus is not addictive.

Do the medications provided at ASAP interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, they can, but the medical care as ASAP is provided by a physician who will determine how the medicines can be taken appropriately so that drug interactions are minimized.

Will Methadone, Buprenorphine or Vivitrol show up on a drug screen?

Neither Methadone, Buprenorphine or Vivitrol will show up positive on a standard drug screen. There are more specialized drug tests for which specifically can detect these medications.

How do I know which medication is appropriate for my treatment?

In consultation with an ASAP physician, including a complete medical history and physical exam, the best medication to assist in a patient’s recovery will be determined.

I’m pregnant; can I participate in medication-assisted treatment?

Absolutely, and data shows that opioid withdrawal, in pregnant patients, can cause uterine contractions. This can ultimately lead to miscarriage or premature birth. Because of the risks imposed by opioid withdrawal, opioid dependent pregnant women are generally recommended to enter a methadone maintenance program. ASAP will prioritize pregnant women’s placement in the admission schedule so that they can enter treatment more quickly and, thereby, decrease risk of harm to the unborn fetus.

What if I want to discontinue my medication-assisted treatment plan?

Patients may choose to stop treatment whenever they wish, but it is best to continue treatment until the patient is truly able to understand their addiction and feels ready and safe to leave the program.

How do I get started?

Click the admissions tab on this website or call 608-807-1428 and start the admission process.



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