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Dr. Ahmann is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has years of experience in treating opioid dependence. While there are several options for treating opioid dependence, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has the strongest medical evidence for success.
MAT may consist of a “replacement” medication that is safer and far less likely to be abused than other opioids. These are prescription medications specifically designed to ease the detoxification process.
The FDA-approved medications for this type of MAT are buprenorphine (e.g. Suboxone ®, Subutex ®, Zubsolv ®, Sublocade ® etc.) and methadone. Since methadone can only be prescribed for opioid dependence at a federally sanctioned clinic, Dr. Ahmann will usually prescribe a buprenorphine-based medication for MAT.
Another option for complete detoxification and complete opioid abstinence would include MAT with a naloxone (oral naltrexone or the monthly Vivitrol ® injection). See below for information about Vivitrol ®.
Buprenorphine offers patients a way to control opioid-dependent cravings and behaviors. Patients who are prescribed this can detoxify without complete “cold turkey” withdrawal symptoms. This treatment is for dependence on drugs such as oxycodone, Oxycontin ®, Vicodin ® (hydrocodone), fentanyl, morphine, and heroin, among others.
In addition to the medication, MAT usually includes some form of psychosocial support such as peer support (AA, NA, HA, Smart Recovery ®, etc.) or individual counseling. Dr. Ahmann ensures that every patient is accommodated in a professional, friendly, and non-judgmental office setting.