The program provides pharmacotherapies such as methadone and buprenorphine, in addition to individual and group counseling, prenatal counseling and HIV and other communicable disease prevention education.
Short and long term detoxification and maintenance treatment are available.
Buprenorphine treatment works in phases. The first phase is the induction phase which must be introduced to a patient when they are in a moderate state of withdrawal. The maintenance phase consists of the individual working with their physician to find a therapeutic dosage that eliminates withdrawal symptoms and allows the individual to live a normal lifestyle without craving opioids. The taper phase comes when the physician and the individual believe that they are ready. It occurs slowly to ensure minimal withdrawal symptoms occur and chance of relapse remains low.
Methadone is an opioid and can lead to dependency, however being prescribed methadone and taking it daily is not the same as being addicted to other opiates. Individuals who are prescribed methadone as part of a medically assisted treatment program must also attend counseling services in order to qualify for it. One key difference is that when someone suffers from opioid dependence they spend a great deal of time searching for more, which can lead to stealing and other criminal acts. Individuals on methadone can obtain their medication regularly and can continue to do productive things such as go to school, parent, work, and live a healthy lifestyle.