Because the withdrawal symptoms from opioids are so intense and pose a strong threat to recovery, our program is medically driven to ensure the greatest possibility of success. A dedicated medical team that includes Caron’s associate medical director and a staff physician, both certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine, oversee and manage each patient’s treatment plan and educate the family as part of the treatment experience. This level of involvement will provide for a very medically-driven, sophisticated treatment experience for the patient and their family.
Opioids disrupt normal brain functioning, leading to withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, sleeplessness, cramping, and sweating. The intensity of those symptoms leads to relapse for many people. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provides patients the relief from withdrawal symptoms they need to work through their recovery program. Caron understands and endorses the utilization of medication-assisted treatment as an important tool in addressing and treating the chronic and progressive disease of opioid addiction. It is important to stress that medication alone is not a panacea.
Medication must be used as a supportive tool and managed by qualified healthcare professionals in collaboration with a patient’s treatment specialists as part of a comprehensive therapeutic program. Based on patient criteria like medications they have taken previously, affordability, and what they are willing to take on an ongoing basis, the medical team will select the medication that will work best for each patient while in treatment at Caron and once they leave.