Kicking an addiction to opioid painkillers is not easy. But, when you consider the mortality statistics, taking action to get clean is paramount to living a healthy, productive life.
We will help! Contact the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center at 631-588-4888 or fill out our convenient online contact form and we will call you.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a three-part program prescribed by doctors to help people get off opioids for good. Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center, is licensed to prescribe the FDA-approved medication associated with MAT. He usually prescribes Suboxone, a sublingual film made from two MAT drugs — buprenorphine and Naloxone, along with behavior modification therapy and counseling.
Some patients begin a program to get off of opioids by taking methadone. Methadone works very differently than Buprenorphine. Dr. Chaudhry says there are many reasons why someone who is taking methadone without success may want to consider switching to buprenorphine.
Methadone treatment must be provided by clinicians in a structured environment. You may have heard the term “methadone clinic.”
Treatment at the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center is private and customized for each patient. And, buprenorphine works!
What is Buprenorphine?
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved buprenorphine, in combination with behavioral therapy and counseling, to be MAT to treat opioid use disorder in 2002.
Dr. Chaudhry said this “whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid dependency” is critical to success. In fact, he added, “When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective.”
Buprenorphine can only be prescribed by physicians who have been approved by the State of New York to provide patients with MAT for opioid addiction treatment. Dr. Chaudhry was one of the first doctors on Long Island to receive the approval from the state’s health department to prescribe buprenorphine and, subsequently, Suboxone — a combo drug he believes is extremely effective in helping his patients kick their addiction to opioid painkillers — in as few as three days!
How MAT with Buprenorphine Treatment Works
Induction Phase: This is the startup phase, performed by Dr. Chaudhry in his Holbrook office. The medicine is given during the early stages of withdrawal, once the addict has stopped using opioids for 12 to 24 hours. It is important to have no drugs in your system during this phase.
Stabilization Phase: Once a person has significantly reduced their use of opioid painkillers, the medicine ensures there are no cravings and the recovering addict experiences few side effects, if any. At this point, the buprenorphine dose may need to be adjusted during this phase.
Maintenance Phase: When a patient is taking buprenorphine for a period of time and they are no longer taking or craving the opioids, the amount of buprenorphine needed for ongoing treatment will be determined to prevent a possible relapse.
It’s time to get started on the road to an opioid-free life. Contact Dr. Chaudhry at the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center at 631-588-4888 or fill out our convenient online contact form and we will call you.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Don’t waste it. Get the help you need so you can get back to the life you love.