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New drug treatment offers more hope for recovering addicts

vivitrolVivitrol kills the craving and the pain of withdrawal –

By Patricia Beech –

Drug addiction is a reality that is defining the lives of more and more American families, including many in Adams County. The 1970’s “junkie” image of drug addicts shooting up in flop houses and back alleys has been replaced by a more frightening reality – the kid next  oor overdosing in small-town America.
Because the drug problem has invaded every social and economic walk of life, society has had to redefine beliefs and the approach to drug addiction, including  treating it not as a crime, but as a disease.
FRS Counseling in West Union recently implemented a medically assisted treatment program for opiate addiction and alcohol addiction using the drug Vivitrol.
“Opiate addiction, including addiction to prescription pain medications containing opiates as well as to heroin, is treatable and addicts can recover their lives,” according to Erin Holsted of FRS.
Vivitrol is not like Methadone or Suboxone because it fully blocks the opiate or the alcohol from absorption into the brain and eliminates the physical cravings for the opiate or alcohol.
“Cravings are one of the biggest reasons why addicts relapse following  detox,” said Holsted. “Using Vivitrol along with intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment has been shown to be an effective treatment for opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.”
frsIn addition, medically supported intervention to decrease the most common problems associated with opiate or alcohol detox is available for individuals with an opiate or alcohol use problem during the initial phase of detox.
Jim (who has chosen to remain anonymous) is a great example of  someone who decided to take his life back. He has been battling  addiction for 13 years following an extended period of time on  prescription pain pills. “I really didn’t have a way to quit,” he  says. “I prayed that God would make a way for me.”
Not even one hour later, Jim was arrested at his home and taken to jail. As part of the jail program, he was offered treatment for his  addiction. “I was scared to try medically assisted treatment, like  counseling and Vivitrol, because of rumors that I’d heard about the treatment.”
Ultimately, he decided that he could not risk a chance at sobriety by listening to people who were not ready to change. He  decided to do the program because it could change his life – and it  did. Jim is celebrating sobriety and has been clean and sober since receiving the medically assisted treatment. “Vivitrol totally  blocks all the cravings that I used to have and couldn’t shake.”
“At FRS Counseling, we celebrate the success of our clients in their  efforts to become and stay sober,” said Holsted. “We invite anyone who  would like to learn more about this new treatment to contact us at (937)779-3030.”
Individuals who would like to learn more about opiate use or alcohol problems or who would like to explore their treatment options should call (937)779-3030 to schedule an initial assessment at the 116 Mulberry Street in West Union FRS Counseling location. Please bring proof of identification if available, proof of insurance if any or proof of income with two pay stubs.
For questions about the medically assisted treatment program or any other substance abuse  treatment programs available at the FRS Counseling West Union office,  please contact Chandra Culver, Program Manager at (937) 779 – 3030 for  more information.

 

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