Withdrawal management medications
Various medications could be used to assist with withdrawal along with controlled short term sleep
aids that will assist as people make the transition to lower doses of opiate replacement treatment
or terminating treatment but have some symptoms. It is our goal for patients tapering to allow
minimal withdrawal symptoms during the taper and minimize reactivation of cravings that
may start the cycle of addiction again.
As our focus is medically assisted treatment, the medications have been highlighted.
More important is the ongoing changes in behaviour promoting long term abstinence
and allowing people in recovery the tools to change the behaviours setting up the
addiction cycle, addressing triggers and the emotional aspects of addiction that
allow self sabotaging behaviour to resurface.
We fully support 12-Step groups, Relapse prevention groups and also work with
government agencies as necessary to allow people to recover their lives and
families and try to heal the damage produced by the disease of addiction.
Although not our main focus initially, other addictions often occur simultaneously. We will assist in Alcohol and stimulant addictions referring to detox. services or limited use of medications. Evidenced based choices can be less robust in some of these problems but can be selectively used in consultation with the physician.