MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, and Methadone)

medication-assisted treatment definitely a hot topic out there and this video is especially for people who have a loved one.

medication-assisted treatment definitely
a hot topic out there and this video is especially for people who have a loved
one struggling with addiction I want you to understand what medication-assisted
treatment is and how it works so you can make decisions on whether or not you
want to support your loved one going down this pathway for those of you who
are new here I’m amber Hollingsworth and you’re watching put the shovel down
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support to make that happen okay so in a general sense medication-assisted
treatment is a really broad term that can mean a lot of things I mean you can
use the term medication-assisted treatment to mean someone that’s trying
to recover from a drug and alcohol problem but they’re also taking an
antidepressant now in the strictest form of what medication assisted treatment
means it includes those things it’s use of any medication to assist the recovery
process but when most people say medication-assisted treatment but
they’re really referring specifically to is medications used in the treatment of
opioid use disorder because these days there are several medications out there
that people are using to treat opioid use disorder specifically these are
different forms of opiates that are given to people struggling with opiate
addiction to help stabilize their condition essentially that’s all fancy
talk that means you give someone that’s addicted to an opiate like a pain pill
or heroin another form of opiate and you may be thinking to yourself why in the
world would you do that well there are several reasons when someone uses
opiates or pain pills long enough they develop chemical dependency and that is
the thing that keeps them trapped that means they have to use otherwise or they
get really really sick because their brain and body have adjusted so much to
the substance that they’re using and that is one of the
biggest obstacles for people early on in the recovery process it’s I can’t stop
using because I will get really really sick which brings people down into a
really primal desperate state and they do all kinds of desperate things to
avoid that sickness like stealing like lying like robbery like putting
themselves in really bad all kinds of situations so being able to stabilize
that is extremely important and helpful now the first opiate replacement that
came on the scene was methadone and methadone is still being used today but
for the most part, what I see mostly is the use of buprenorphine now
buprenorphine is the active opiate used in suboxone subutex and supplicate now
I’ve got other videos that will explain to you exactly what those are and what
the differences are and exactly what buprenorphine is but for this video I
just want you to understand that is an opiate itself that’s given to people to
help replace an opiate that they’re addicted to and in the case of
buprenorphine it’s an opiate that attaches to the opiate receptors in a
brain in such a way that makes it safer all that boils down to is that there’s a
much less risk of overdose when someone is using buprenorphine as opposed to the
other opiates that people tend to get addicted to like pain pills or heroin so
buprenorphine can go a long way to stabilize chemical dependency but here’s
the thing addiction is so much more than chemical dependency addiction is about a
thought disorder it’s an obsession it’s a compulsion and even when you can
stabilize the chemical dependency part for someone that obsession and that
compulsion still remains which is why so many people who do well on things like
buprenorphine continue to go out and do all kinds of other addictive things like
abuse other substances like stop taking their medicine and go back to taking
heroin or pain pills so if you have a loved one that’s addicted to opioids
what I want you to know about it is it can help stabilize them it can help
reduce the risk of an overdose but the of using this medicine is is it doesn’t
make them less chemically dependent in fact a lot of people have a very very
very hard time coming off of buprenorphine and/or methadone and I’ve
been told countless times that it’s harder to come off of then the regular
pain pills are heroin so essentially what I want you to know about it is it
can stabilize the situation but it does not fix addiction it can help with
things like getting people back to functional helping them to be able to
not be doing all those desperate things that they were doing before to obtain
the substance so like with almost everything else there are pros and cons
to doing this but the biggest thing I want you to understand about it is that
it does not fix addiction and to understand what I mean by that a little
more thoroughly I want you to watch my video on is addiction a choice or a
disease I’m going to link it right up here for you and after that you’re gonna
have an even better understanding of exactly what I’m trying to tell you

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