At WAVE, our medication assisted therapy programs utilize FDA-approved pharmaceuticals at every level of care
. The point of these medications, which include addiction-combative prescriptions like buprenorphine
, is to reduce cravings. These medications address any post-detox withdrawal symptoms that patients may experience. They also work to block the effects of intoxication in the event of a relapse. In short, the carefully selected prescriptions we provide help our patients make a smoother transition into recovery.
It’s important to note, however, that addiction-combative medications are not enough to maintain recovery. Medicine only treats physical dependence, but it’s still only one half of addiction. The other half is psychological dependence
. So, addressing the underlying issues that drive addiction through therapy is just as essential as medical intervention. Together, medical intervention and psychotherapy uncover the very roots of addictive thought and behavior. This allows patients to make much-needed, long-term changes in their lives and themselves, making for a successful recovery from opioids or alcohol.
Throughout post-detox therapy, our team supervises prescription medications as patients attend group and individual therapy. By including safe, FDA-approved medicines in their treatment plans, we offer our patients a much higher chance of successful engagement in the psychotherapies that will help them get (and stay) both sober and abstinent. After all, sobriety cannot thrive without voluntary abstinence— and abstinence has to be inspired, not prescribed