The Methadone Alternative In Athens: Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Methadone maintenance is no solution. Become drug-free without the pain of withdrawal
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More than a generation ago now, heroin abuse was rampant. It wasn’t only an urban issue, but heroin addicts became troublesome in that they would rob and steal to get their daily fix. It became a problem for society. So, what was the answer? To deal with the crime, it was decided that we would deal with the crime associated with heroin abuse by giving addicts another opiate. Methadone maintenance clinics began to sprout up all around the country. It made a lot of clinic owners a lot of money, but what did it do for the individual addicts?
Well, at least they weren’t robbing people, so count it as a win for society.
That was the mindset at the time, but what about those individuals that still find themselves on methadone? There is a solution.
Opiate Withdrawal Treatment
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 130 people overdose and die every single day. The level of drug abuse in our country has never been higher.
We need more solutions. And, opiate detox programs are only part of the solution.
To add to the problem, our treatment options are fairly limited and locked into a certain mindset. Not everyone sees addiction as a disease which means if we struggle to define the problem, we will naturally struggle to find appropriate solutions, but clearly, one size doesn’t fit all.
When it comes to opiate abuse, the options don’t even include inpatient detox anymore. Most insurance companies view opiate abuse as a non-life threatening detox process, so they won’t cover it on an inpatient level. This leaves only outpatient options.
Suboxone, often called buprenorphine, is a drug that reduces the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. It can be used as part of the treatment process to help opiate abusers begin to learn recovery skills, but most treatment providers disagree on how long the person should stay on this medication. It’s fair to say that it varies for each individual.
While many people try this route, which involves taking Suboxone rather than opiates, it can be a long-term process. Many people end to stay on Suboxone for extended periods of time. This is why many “old-fashioned” drug counselors don’t like Suboxone as a treatment option because it comes very close to the negative perception of “replacing one drug for another” which was the main criticism for methadone treatment.
However, this is a bit of an oversimplification since Suboxone is more commonly used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
In the old days, someone who was abusing opiates checked into a local inpatient hospital and was treated with detox medications. Those days are long gone.
Sure, a physician will treat detox with medication, but it’s only on an outpatient basis, but even these choices are somewhat limited.
Historically, methadone was a treatment intervention aimed more for the communities struggling with an opiate problem than the individual opiate abuser. Because of this, the individual placed on methadone maintenance simply took the substitute opiate (which is what methadone is) and went on their way. There was a percentage of individuals who were able to re-establish a life while on methadone but many went back to heroin.
The treatment community looks at methadone maintenance as a temporary solution at best. Most helping professionals maintain that the best outcomes when dealing with opiate abuse comes from complete abstinence. The problem is how to deal with withdrawal?
An Alternative To Methadone Maintenance
For many people struggling with opiates abuse, they just want an exit strategy. They want a way to get off drugs without going through the pain of withdrawal. At Georgia Ketamine, we have helped many patients take the initial steps to get their life back.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
More than 50 years ago, Ketamine was a drug that was used as a mild anesthetic. In the past 15 years, there have been studies that show that low doses of Ketamine, administered through an infusion can alleviate opiate withdrawal symptoms.
The process of getting a ketamine treatment is simple. After a simple intake process, the patient comes into the clinic on the assigned day, and he or she is taken to a treatment room and placed in a big comfortable chair. Our medical staff administers the infusion which takes a few hours depending upon the protocol for the particular individual.
Ketamine treatments are confidential, discreet and help the individual move past the difficulties of opiate withdrawal. It’s the first step in moving forward with your life. Isn’t it time you left opiates behind?
A Smart Alternative To Methadone
Imagine a life without methadone or any other type of opiate. It’s possible. Talk to the staff at Georgia Ketamine to see if you are a candidate for Ketamine treatments. We provide a confidential, discreet office environment where you can safely withdraw from the opiates you are on and begin to get your life back.
Isn’t time you break the cycle of abuse or addiction? Call us and let’s start a conversation. You’ll be amazed at the results we’ve gotten.
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