Opioid use disorder is a disease that affects you mentally and physically. Using opioid drugs — from prescription painkillers like oxycodone to illegal drugs like heroin — changes the way you think, feel, and act.
If you’re struggling with addiction, it might feel like there’s no chance of recovery. But the truth is that treatment can help you.
Daniel J. Headrick, MD, and our team at Headrick Medical Center specialize in addiction treatment. We help people overcome addiction from drugs and alcohol, using a proven method that combines medication with therapy and behavioral counseling.
The best type of addiction medication for you depends on a number of factors, and we’re here to help you find the right method to meet your needs. Recovery isn’t easy, but monthly medication injections, like Sublocade® or Vivitrol®, can reduce cravings and help you focus on bettering your life.
Here’s your chance to learn more about how injectable medication could support your recovery journey.
Medications for addiction treatment fall into two main categories: the detox phase and the maintenance phase.
The detox phase is shortly after you stop using drugs. It’s an intense, but short-lived phase, and it typically involves withdrawal. Our team may prescribe Suboxone® during this stage if you’re recovering from opioid use disorder.
The maintenance phase is much longer, often lasting months or years. After you’ve progressed through detox, the maintenance phase is focused on changing behaviors and improving your life long-term.
Medication for the maintenance phase generally helps by blocking the effects of drugs, so you’re less likely to use them. At Headrick Medical Center, we offer Sublocade and Vivitrol injections to help people manage their addictions.
Sublocade is a monthly injection that contains extended-release buprenorphine. It’s a partial opioid agonist, and it works by reducing the urge to use opioids and managing withdrawal symptoms.
Vivitrol is another injectable medication for treating opioid use disorder. It can also be used to treat alcohol use disorder. Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist, which means that it blocks all effects of opioids on your body. Unlike Sublocade, Vivitrol doesn’t address withdrawal symptoms.
Dr. Headrick and our team review your general health, the type of substance you’re addicted to, and where you are in your recovery journey before we recommend a specific treatment plan for you.
Both Sublocade and Vivitrol can help reduce cravings, so you can focus on recovery. However, it’s important to note that these medications can’t cure addictions on their own. They are most effective when combined with comprehensive addiction treatment, including therapy.
Our team at Headrick Medical Center offers medication assisted therapy (MAT) and medication management services to make sure you’re getting the most out of treatment. Sublocade and Vivitrol both need to be prescribed and administered by medical professionals.
Sublocade and Vivitrol are injections administered at our office, so there’s little room for user error. Simply come in for your scheduled appointments and get your shot.
We track your progress throughout recovery. Dr. Headrick and our team may adjust your medication based on your progress. Eventually, you may no longer need it to support you.
Recovery is possible, and we’re here to help you get there. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Headrick and our team at 949-220-2412 or send us a message to learn more about your options.