Addiction Medication Treatment Specialist

Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine

Pain Management Specialists & Addiction Specialists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Flagstaff, AZ

If you or a loved one are living with a substance use disorder, addiction medication treatment can ease cravings, prevent withdrawals, and improve your overall quality of life. At Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine in Scottsdale and Flagstaff, Arizona, Raymond Ketcham, FNP-C, and the team regularly use several types of addiction medication treatment to help patients suffering from addiction. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you today.

Addiction Medication Treatment Q&A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic mental disorder that affects the way your brain processes things like motivation, reward, and memory. If you suffer from addiction, your body craves a particular substance or behavior that causes an obsessive pursuit, even if that substance or behavior is dangerous or damaging to your health.

If you suffer from addiction, it’s common to experience:

  • A lack of control
  • An increased desire for a substance or behavior
  • A lack of an emotional response
  • The inability to stay away from a substance or behavior

Many people suffering from addiction also deny that the pursuit of the behavior or substance negatively affects their relationships or ability to work. 

Left untreated, addiction can affect almost every aspect of your life. Additionally, addictions usually worsen over time, so it’s important to address them early on before they spiral downward.

What is addiction medication treatment?

Addiction medication treatment is a type of substance abuse management that uses prescription medications like buprenorphine and Vivitrol® injections to ease cravings, minimize uncomfortable side effects, and improve an addict’s quality of life. 

This type of treatment is safe, well-tolerated, and boasts a proven track record of success. By working in coordination with the team at Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, you can take concrete steps toward your recovery, without suffering from the painful and sometimes deadly side effects caused by withdrawal.

Are there different types of addiction medication treatment?

The team at Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine offers several types of addiction medication treatment, including:

Buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment

Buprenorphine is a prescription medication used to combat opioid abuse. It’s the first drug of its kind permitted for use in a physician’s office. Combined with counseling and other types of behavioral therapy, buprenorphine can relieve the uncomfortable effects of opioid dependency and improve your overall quality of life.

Vivitrol® injection treatment

Vivitrol is also used to combat opioid abuse. However, this type of treatment involves a series of injections once a month. Vivitrol is only safe for use after undergoing detox, so if you still have opioids in your system, you won’t be able to participate. This type of medication is safe and well-tolerated. However, you may not qualify if you’re allergic to naltrexone, Vivitrol’s main ingredient.

What type of addiction medication treatment is right for me?

Only a qualified medical professional can determine the type of addiction medication treatment from which you’ll gain the most benefit. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, your Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine provider can make a recommendation that aligns with your individual needs.

To request your addiction medication treatment appointment at Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, call the office nearest you today.