Non-medical use of opiates is dramatically increasing the U.S. Opiates include prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, as well as street drugs like heroin. A U.S. Government report released in 2005 states that prescription opiates are now the second most commonly abused drugs, after marijuana. Heroin use is also increasing among young people in their late teens to early twenties. Abuse of and dependence on opiates interferes significantly with work, relationships, and education.
Here at RCBM, we offer a collaborative approach to treating opiate-related struggles. Individuals with opiate addiction or dependence are evaluated and treated for other psychiatric problems which may be contributing to their opiate use. Suboxone is a medication used to aid in the cessation of opiate use while controlling withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone may be prescribed as a part of the treatment plan. Individuals on Suboxone are required to take part in counseling. Outside resources such as Narcotics Anonymous are also provided for additional support.
RCBM is currently involved in clinical trials on the following research topics: