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The Medical Specialists at First Step Counseling are very experienced with the use of medication based drug treatment known as Suboxone or Buprenorphine.  While opiate and prescription drug dependency to drugs like Oxycontin and Heroin are challenging addictions, advances in the rehabilitation field have found Suboxone, accompanied with the appropriate counseling support, to be a proven and effective way of treating drug addiction. Today, medications and drugs like Percocet and Vicodin are often prescribed by physicians in order to alleviate painful symptoms or conditions; but based on how powerful these drugs are, it is also common for a patient to develop a potentially dangerous opiate dependency toward these drugs.  If a patient does develop an addiction, and stops using the drug on their own, they will most likely develop a range of serious physical withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, headaches, anxiety and sleeplessness.  Suboxone acts as a medical intervention to alleviate the painful symptoms of prescription medication withdrawal, in order to allow successful recovery and encourage a smooth continuance of day to day life for the patient.  Once Suboxone treatment begins, a patient will experience a dramatic reduction in withdrawal symptoms and also a suppression of harmful drug cravings.  While Suboxone is a crucial first step in combatting your addiction, our professionals encourage patients to participate in a counseling program throughout the process as well.  We know that individual planning for each patient will result in optimal success.  Therefore, after an initial assessment meeting with the patient, we will develop a tailored plan for them incorporating Suboxone treatment into their recovery process, as well as any other necessary aids.


Vivitrol (naltrexone)


Vivitrol (naltrexone for extended-release suspension) is a prescription injectable medicine used to treat alcohol dependence, and to prevent relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detoxification.  To qualify for Vivitrol treatment, a patient must no longer be ingesting alcohol and/or opiates.  To be effective, treatment with Vivitrol must be used along with other alcoholism or drug recovery programs such as counseling.


Group Therapy/Counseling


We feel that the group setting is a crucial component of behavioral health, as it forms a community that can share in similar experiences.  We currently have one active group that meets weekly to discuss ongoing issues with substance abuse.  Each patient is also provided with a local listing of Celebrate Recovery and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.



You can be assured – we have a commitment to excellence when it comes to the level of care we provide.

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