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Proven Treatment | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

The BHG model of treatment is so successful because it combines medical and behavioral treatment. In addition, the patient can maintain confidentiality and continue to work, or go to school. The patient is able to progress at his or her own pace – there are no time limits that mandate that a certain milestone must be achieved by a certain time. As a result, the body and brain have time to heal. Because the medical treatment helps the patient’s body avoid withdrawal and recover from opioid abuse so quickly, the positive benefits of treatment are visible early. Patients are also assisted in improving other areas of their lives, as BHG helps patients find employment, safe housing, educational opportunities, family support systems, and access to other medical and social services.

 

Addiction can strike anyone. Some people make bad decisions that lead to addiction; others find themselves in the grip of addiction with no idea how they got there. It can be as simple as breaking a bone or getting in a car wreck, after which the physicians prescribe legal opioids for the pain which, over time, lead to dependence and abuse. Regardless of the cause of the addiction, we help our patients return to healthy, productive lives.

 

A dual-pronged approach of methadone maintenance treatment with behavioral therapy is the “gold standard” for opioid addiction treatment. The combination of medical and behavioral treatment gives the patient the best opportunity for recovery. Without medication treatment, the 3 – 5 year relapse rate exceeds 90%.

 

But don’t just take our word for it:

 

“Of the various treatments available, Methadone Maintenance Treatment, combined with attention to medical, psychiatric, and socioeconomic issues, as well as drug counseling, has the highest probability of being effective.”

National Institutes of Health (NIH). Effective Medical Treatment of Opiate Addiction. NIH Consensus Statement 1997 November 17 – 19; 15(6):7,11.

“Whatever conditions may lead to opiate exposure, opiate dependence is a brain-related disorder with the requisite characteristics of a medical illness.”

National Institutes of Health (NIH). Effective Medical Treatment of Opiate Addiction. NIH Consensus Statement 1997, November 17 – 19; 15(6):4.

“The science is overwhelming in its findings about methadone treatment’s effectiveness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study found, for example, that methadone treatment reduced participants’ heroin use by 70%, their criminal activity by 57%, and increased their full-time employment by 24%.”

McCaffrey, Barry, Statement of ONDCP Director Barry McCaffrey on Mayor Giuliani’s Recent Comments on Methadone Therapy, (Press Release) (Washington, DC: ONDCP), July 24, 1998.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Q: How are your patients able to function if they are taking methadone?

A stable, maintenance dose of methadone does not make a person feel “high” or drowsy. Our program is designed to help people reduce their dependence on opioids, while providing them with extensive individual and group counseling. Our goal is to help people regain control of their lives as quickly and safely as possible. There have […]

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Words From Our Patients:

I’ve started going back to school. I respect myself a lot more. This program has helped me in a lot of different ways, not only getting clean. It’s helped me get back on my feet.

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