Spartanburg Treatment Associates is an opiate addiction treatment center in North Carolina, which helps individuals struggling to cope with addiction to heroin and other opiate drugs such as oxycodone overcome chemical dependency and build a healthier, happier life
We provide qualified Medication-Assisted Detoxification and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which combines substance abuse counseling and emotional support with prescription medications to treat addiction. These medications, including methadone, buprenorphine, oral naltrexone, and Vivitrol, an injectable form of naltrexone, work to stabilize chemically dependent patients by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings without producing the same “high” that they would experience by abusing their drug of choice. Once stabilized, patients will be able to focus on counseling and behavior modification by working to improve their perspectives, habits and life situations to better suit recovery success.
At Spartanburg Treatment Associates, our counseling and Medication-Assisted Treatments are offered through partial hospitalization, day and outpatient programs. For payment, we accept state insurance (though not Medicaid), Access to Recovery Vouchers, and self-pay. We provide language assistance for Spanish speaking patients and American Sign Language for hearing impaired patients, as well as special programs for pregnant and postpartum women.
Spartanburg Treatment Associates is a private organization that has been accredited and approved to treat patients in North Carolina through Medication-Assisted Treatment and targeted counseling for opiate addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, provided on an outpatient basis.
The casual and comfortable facility at Spartanburg Treatment Associates is designed to make patients feel immediately welcome, and to prevent them from shying away from much-needed chemical dependency treatment. Our outpatient programs provide Medication-Assisted Treatment, which is a therapeutic approach to addiction rehabilitation that combines pharmaceutical treatments such as methadone, buprenorphine and naloxone, with targeted counseling to treat substance abuse disorders and any co-occurring mental health issues that may be contributing to addiction and other self-destructive behavior.
For individuals who feel they need a structured treatment program but still wish to conveniently tend their work, school or family responsibilities by continuing to live at home, Spartanburg Treatment Associates offers an Intensive Outpatient Program. The duration and intensity of this program will vary according to each patient’s needs and goals, changing as the patient progresses in their recovery.
Outpatient programs provide a less-structured, less time-intensive treatment option that still allows the patient to live at home. The Outpatient Program at Spartanburg Treatment Associates is designed to serve patients who have already undergone detox, whether they’ve done so here at the facility or elsewhere, and who want to support their recovery with less-intensive counseling and Methadone Maintenance Treatment or other medication maintenance that will enable them to remain abstinent from illegal drugs or prescription drug abuse while continuing to heal and grow.
Although inpatient, residential treatment programs have the advantage of offering 24/7 intensive focus on the recovery process, addiction treatment programs that permit the patient to live at home have the advantage of giving patients regular opportunities to learn how to directly confront issues and triggers that they face in their daily life while simultaneously receiving counseling and medications that support their progress and help them determine what kinds of changes need to be made to ensure long-term recovery success.
Medically Assisted Detox
Spartanburg Treatment Associates understands the damage that an addiction to opiates such as heroin or prescription drugs like hydrocodone or oxycodone can inflict on an individual’s brain and body. Addiction makes physical changes in the body and brain that require time and healthy choices to heal. Transitioning into a life led by healthier choices requires abstaining from the addict’s drug of choice, which will lead to unpleasant and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms as the body detoxes from opiates.
Medically Assisted Detox uses medications and monitoring by licensed medical professionals to ensure that detoxification is as safe and comfortable as possible for each patient. This allows recovering addicts to start off strong in their process, with reduced chance of succumbing to relapse in the early days of their recovery.
Medically Assisted Detox can be achieved through methadone or buprenorphine. Like methadone, buprenorphine is a medication used to treat opioid addiction by counteracting unpleasant and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms and diminishing drug cravings. Methadone and buprenorphine are safe, comfortable ways for opiate-addicted patients to be slowly and safely weaned off opioids over time.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) and Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORT)
Spartanburg Treatment Associates specializes in Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Opiate Replacement Therapy, which uses methadone or medications such as buprenorphine as a substitute for the patient’s opiate drug of choice, such as heron, codeine, OxyContin, Percocet, and so on. By diminishing cravings that may continue even after withdrawal and detox has finished, and by reducing the chance of relapse, patients are able to be admitted into substance abuse rehabilitation programs that require abstinence from drugs of abuse, while also allowing them to more effectively focus on discovering and addressing the addiction and mental health issues that initiated and continue to encourage their self-destructive behaviors.
Therapeutic treatment approaches to be used in conjunction with Medication-Assisted Treatment are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), targeted substance abuse counseling, trauma and PTSD counseling, Group Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.
Group Therapy is a form of counseling that happens in a group format rather than one-on-one. In the case of Group Psychotherapy, sessions are led by a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor or therapist who takes notes and guides sessions to ensure that each one is appropriately challenging and productive. Support groups such as 12-step groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are a form of group counseling without an official leader, where members offer peer to peer support and advice, and where there are no fees or requirements to join other than the desire to abstain from substance abuse and achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Spartanburg Treatment Associates specializes in Medication-Assisted Treatment for opiate addicted individuals seeking recovery from abusing illegal and/or prescription opiate drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, morphine, and others.
Opiate addiction is particularly challenging to recover from due to the way opiates work on the brain. Very quickly— and immediately in the case of IV drug use—users who have just taken an opioid such as heroin feel a rush of euphoria and a suppression of pain as the drug binds to opioid receptors, blocking pain signals and causing the rapid release of unnatural levels of dopamine.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter found in the brain’s reward system. Its function is to control movement and motivation by creating feelings of pleasure and satisfaction that reward life-sustaining behaviors. When the brain is functioning normally, dopamine is released to reward and reinforce healthy survival behaviors such as sleeping, eating and having sex. Drug abuse causes twice to ten times as much dopamine to flood the brain’s reward system, immediately training the user’s brain to mark the behavior as important to survival and to continue seeking out the opiate drug and repeating the drug abuse.
Due to the extreme amounts of dopamine released, drug abuse is reinforced more powerfully than any other healthy behaviors, such as eating when you are hungry. Dopamine flooding also causes the brain to react and attempt to “fix” the unnatural phenomenon by slowing dopamine production and shutting down opiate receptors. As a result, the pleasure and reward systems of opiate addicts are damaged, which prevents them from feeling much pleasure from anything, including their drug of choice, which also leads them to take increasingly more dangerous doses of opiates to try and achieve the same high they used to experience.
All of these factors explain why Medication-Assisted Treatment is so useful to opiate addiction recovery, and why recovering from substance abuse requires professional help from facilities like Spartanburg Treatment Associates. By suppressing the withdrawal symptoms and intense drug cravings that will begin as soon as a patient gives up whichever opiate drug they are dependent on, patients stabilize and are able to create safety and normalcy in their lives, getting back to responsibilities they may have neglected while using, and once more pursuing aspirations and goals while simultaneously allowing their brains and bodies to heal from drug abuse.
The compassionate, capable staff at Spartanburg Treatment Associates understand how difficult it can be to overcome an addiction to opiate drugs such as heroin or prescription pain medications. By carefully examining and evaluating each patient upon admission, staff physicians and nurses determine the appropriate form of pharmaceutical treatment needed, then promptly begin treatment so that patients can immediately break the cycle of drug addiction.
Once Medication-Assisted Treatment has commenced, patients are regularly monitored to ensure progress, and to adjust medications and dosages as needed. Studies have shown that longer-term medical maintenance with methadone or other addiction treatment drugs such as buprenorphine are more effective than short-term use. In fact, the majority of positive changes have been proven to take place over the first year of Methadone Maintenance Therapy or Opioid Replacement Therapy.
The staff at Spartanburg Treatment Associates have the training, experience and resources to guide patients through all sides of the recovery process, from pharmaceutical treatment, to medical care, to healthy choices, to counseling designed to discover and address addiction issues as well as any underlying mental health disorders that may be contributing to the patient’s substance abuse.
Patients at Spartanburg Treatment Associates learn that they will be heard if they speak up about their treatment needs and concerns. The staff is ready and willing to help patients slowly wean off of methadone or other treatment drugs in a safe and responsible fashion, while simultaneously providing resources and advice on ways for the patients in question to continue progressing in their recovery and avoiding relapse.
Professional treatment is especially important at this phase of recovery, as most heroin overdoses occur at this time. Recovering addicts return to using without realizing how low their tolerance has become, and therefore use at dosages that immediately cause overdose and death. Spartanburg Treatment Associates is aware of this issue and will strive to ensure that patients have the education and counseling necessary to prevent relapse and maintain health.
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