Habit OPCO Brockton is an addiction treatment center providing Medication-Assisted Treatment to individuals seeking to overcome addictions to opioid drugs such as heroin. Medication-Assisted Treatment integrates medically-supervised medication maintenance treatment with prescriptions such as methadone and buprenorphine with intensive group and one on one counseling sessions.
At Habit OPCO Brockton, our outpatient programs provide adults 18 and older with comprehensive opioid addiction treatment. We help patients discover and address the physical, psychological, and behavioral aspects of their opiate addiction through targeted addiction medications dispensed in combination with effective therapeutic interventions such as group and individual counseling.
In order for our patients to attain successful long-term recovery, Habit OPCO Brockton believes they must be treated for the mental and emotional components of addiction in conjunction with medications to treat the physical components. While medications such as methadone and buprenorphine stabilize brain chemistry, suppressing drug cravings and preventing withdrawal symptoms, patients are able to do the self-discovery and intensive counseling work required to heal all aspects of their addiction.
At Habit OPCO Brockton, we have the facility, staff and resources to help opiate-addicted individuals break the cycle of addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription pain medications. Addiction causes vast destruction in the lives of addicts and their loved ones, and puts people at serious risk of fatal overdose if help is not found in time.
The comprehensive outpatient programs provided by Habit OPCO Brockton allow patients to get the treatment and support they need for long-term recovery success. We use thorough, integrated interventions to address the physical and psychological aspect of our patients’ addictions.
We treat the physical aspect of addiction through safe, proven, addiction-treatment medications such as methadone and buprenorphine, prescribed and provided under medical supervision. By doing this, we prevent the symptoms of opiate withdrawal, which can seriously impair functioning, allowing them to continue to actively partake in their daily responsibilities. These medications also suppress opioid cravings, which is essential to avoid relapse.
Habit OPCO Brockton understands the complexities and difficulties involved in opioid addiction recovery. Achieving a healthy drug-free life is about more than simply stopping the use of opioid drugs. Successful recovery that will endure for the long term requires patients to address the mental, emotional and behavioral factors that underlie their addiction. By suppressing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings through medications such as methadone, patients are given the opportunity to address these factors with the strength, focus and energy required for real healing.
The staff at Habit OPCO Brockton have the education and experience to guide patients through the often-strenuous process of healing the emotional and psychological pain that could lead to relapse without treatment. We do this through individual therapy, which allows patients to privately focus on mental health issues in intensive, one on one, sessions; and group therapy, which allows patients to give and receive support, validation and feedback from other recovering addicts who genuinely understand the recovery experience.
In addition to medications such as buprenorphine and methadone, which are used to combat the physical aspect of addiction, Habit OPCO Brockton offers individual and group therapy to combat the emotional, mental, behavioral and social aspects of addiction.
To overcome addiction, patients must do more than cope with their physical dependence on opiates. Addiction is a disease that exhibits a range of behaviors beyond substance abuse, and all of these behaviors, as well as any co-occurring mental health issues, must be uncovered and addressed to achieve lasting recovery. Individual therapy allows patients to interact with counselors on a one on one basis, working to discover, understand and address the range of factors that have been fueling their addiction.
Patients heal and arm themselves to live a healthy life, free of substance abuse by coming to an understanding of the emotional, psychological and social factors that played into their addictive behaviors. Individual therapy offers a safe, accepting environment for patients to explore their emotions and experience in ways that facilitate recovery progress.
Individual therapy can also provide patients with improved self-esteem, increased self-confidence and self-awareness, and reduced stress, while helping them build a strong foundation to support long-term recovery success.
Patients struggling with opioid addiction face a number of hurdles on the way to a successful recovery. These hurdles relate to a wide range of emotional, behavioral and psychological issues that have prompted and fueled their destructive patterns of substance abuse. Group therapy provides a collaborative space for multiple patients to address these issues, guided by one or more counselors.
Similar to the work done in individual therapy, group therapy seeks to explore and address the behavioral and psychological aspects of addiction, such as home environment, mood disorders, past trauma and self-worth issues. The safe and supportive environment of group therapy allows for this therapeutic work while also reassuring patients that they are not alone in their struggle. Studies have also shown that patients can get just as much benefit out of helping other group members as they can when receiving help.
Group therapy also provides hope by showing patients others who have already succeeded in the struggles they are currently facing, and helps them learn new life skills and coping techniques through the efforts of the group counselor and the experience and advice of other group members. Learning to openly share their pain with others frees patients from the burden of shame that so often accompanies substance abuse.
To receive Medication-Assisted Treatment at Habit OPCO Brockton, potential patients must be adults 18 years old or older, who have been addicted to opiate drugs for at least one year.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid agonist that functions in a similar way to heroin and other narcotics by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. Therapeutic doses of methadone will block cravings and opiate withdrawal symptoms without the “high” addicts experience using their drug of choice. Buprenorphine, a partial opioid receptor agonist, also blocks opiate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings without creating the “high” associated with the abuse of opiate drugs.
Habit OPCO Brockton specializes in Medication-Assisted Treatment, which combines intensive counseling with medications to treat the physical component of addiction. The primary medication used to treat opiate addiction is methadone, which has been successfully used in treatment programs for over fifty years. Typically dispensed daily in a dissolvable tablet or liquid solution, methadone prevents patients from suffering withdrawal symptoms that would impair functioning, and reduces the drug cravings that would put them at risk of relapse.
When taken as directed under medical supervision, methadone will not cause any adverse health problems to patients. Most side effects that patients encounter are temporary, and subside after the induction phase of treatment. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services determined that methadone is a safe treatment for opiate-addicted pregnant women, because the drug will not pose a health risk to the fetus.
Years of clinical research have proven the effectiveness of methadone treatment for patients suffering from addictions to opiate drugs such as morphine, heroin, or other narcotic painkillers. In fact, the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have endorsed methadone as the most effective addiction treatment option available today.
The CDC also confirms that numerous in-depth studies show that methadone treatment is directly linked to the following successes:
Methadone’s efficacy is greatly improved when used in conjunction with counseling interventions. Once stabilized by methadone, patients are able to do the work necessary to address the mental and emotional aspects of their addiction through therapeutic interventions such as group and individual therapy. Medication and counseling work together to give patients the self-knowledge and strength to tackle the range of behavioral and social changes that must be made in their lives in order to achieve lasting recovery.
Patients need to understand that methadone is not a cure-all for addiction. It is a safe, effective treatment option that can support and promote progress in a recovery plan that includes counseling and behavioral changes. By working closely with Habit OPCO Brockton’s team of counselors, nurses and doctors, patients take an active role in their treatment, and learn to overcome their opioid addiction and achieve recovery success.
Family, friends and spouses of recovering addicts should also seek support for their own issues. They need to heal their own pain in order to effectively support their loved one’s recovery journey. Addiction is a disease that effects everyone in the addict’s life, and therefore everyone should seek some form of emotional or psychological help. Support groups can provide this kind of help, as well as educate about substance abuse, the possibilities and limitations of addiction treatment, and what is required of loved ones during the addict’s recovery treatment.
Patients at Habit OPCO Brockton work closely with a treatment team of nurses, counselors and doctors, developing a customized plan of addiction treatment designed to facilitate each patient’s unique needs and goals. Our committed team of experts make sure that patients are prescribed the appropriate medications at the appropriate dosage. Dosages of medications such as methadone vary according to patient need, and any medication adjustments are approved by one of our qualified doctors. Our counseling treatment options are provided by addiction specialists trained in the field of substance abuse and recovery. How many counseling sessions and how often a patient meets with their counselor will be determined by the patient’s treatment requirements and recovery progress.
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