At Caron, we are committed to removing obstacles that obstruct access to one’s sustainable and progressive recovery journey. To that end, Caron utilizes evidence-based principles to guide addiction treatment.
Given the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic we are currently facing as a society, Caron understands and endorses the utilization of Medication-Assisted Treatment as another important tool in treating this chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease.
Whether a treatment facility or licensed prescriber chooses Medication-Assisted Treatment in the form of Methadone, Buprenorphine (e.g., Suboxone), or injectable Naltrexone (Vivitrol) to address opioid use disorders, it is important to stress that medication alone is not a panacea. Medication must be used as a supportive tool and managed by a qualified healthcare professional in collaboration with treatment specialists as part of a comprehensive therapeutic program. At Caron, we utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to address the co-occurring disorders often found with substance use. This extensive approach also incorporates various treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as utilizing psychological testing, medical evaluations and 12-Step Integration. Therefore, it is imperative that healthcare professionals not lose sight of the clinical protocols needed for patients to succeed - in other words, ensuring the “assisted” part of Medication-Assisted Treatment is part of the overall treatment.
Of the available FDA-approved Medication-Assisted Treatment strategies, Caron’s preference is Vivitrol. Through a diligent and thoughtful process, Caron’s medical and clinical professionals chose Vivitrol because it is a non-mood altering opioid receptor antagonist with no euphoric effect, no withdrawal syndrome and no abuse or overdose potential. If a patient relapses on heroin or opioid prescription medications while taking Vivitrol, he or she would not be in danger of respiratory arrest. In cases where Vivitrol is medically inappropriate, we utilize Buprenorphine maintenance treatment, and then refer these patients upon program completion to a philosophically-aligned addiction treatment provider for continued comprehensive care.
From day one, Caron’s medical professionals begin the conversation with our patients about cravings and relapse risks, and continue to maintain engagement around these topics throughout our patients’ episode of care. We educate all of our patients about the disease concept of addiction and the importance of implementing evidence-based practices to sustain a meaningful and healthy recovery.