Overcome Pain and Illness
If there were no withdrawal symptoms to worry about, addicts would be far more willing to enter addiction rehab and would experience a lot more success. Because of the intense pain and discomfort involved, the experience of withdrawal symptoms is one of the largest challenges to a successful drug and alcohol rehab.
What’s more, a powerful craving for drugs – largely due to how a substance alters the body’s production of the hormone dopamine – can make one’s attempt to recover in rehab especially difficult. Certain drugs release chemicals into the body that produce endorphins, which then release dopamine. Dopamine is the body’s “pleasure hormone,” and the desire or lack of dopamine in one’s body can often influence one to continue their behaviors that lead to a sensation of reward (“pleasure”), like substance abuse. Medication assisted therapy is a technique that allows the doctors at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches to limit the release of these chemicals and keep cravings in check.
Control Cravings and Get Results
If it has been determined that you are a good candidate for medication assisted therapy, the standard course of treatment includes a medically supervised injection of Vivitrol®, which is the brand name version of Naltrexone. The drug is administered immediately following the initiation of detox and has proven highly effective in the treatment of many other medical conditions.
Medication assisted therapy is not meant to be used over a prolonged period of time, nor is it intended to be the only addiction treatment received at our facility. We use medication to ease the detox process, and offer activities, spiritual exploration, psychotherapy and other methods to achieve long-lasting results.