Addiction Treatment & Therapy

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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex and treatable disease that can affect many areas of a person’s life. According to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 40 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder in 2020. Most people and their families are touched by addiction in some way or other.

Addiction requires individualized treatments to address the symptoms and underlying causes of the disease. There are multiple therapies and options available to effectively treat addiction.

Therapy as Addiction Treatment

An integral part of any addiction rehabilitation plan is therapy. There are different forms of therapy available to people suffering from addiction.

There are three standard addiction therapy options, group therapy, family counseling, and individual therapy. Carencia focuses on the individual. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – One-on-one therapy to help teach patients to find connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions and how they can impact their recovery. This is the main therapeutic method utilized by Carencia. 

Life Skills – We help you to develop life skills to manage cravings and triggers throughout your day. Our CBT sessions focus on your thoughts and feelings to recognize, avoid, and cope to help break the cycle of negative thoughts and behavior. This will help put you on the path to breaking free of addiction and start you on the path to recovery.

Medication – Carencia uses medication-assisted treatment for treating addiction. Our addiction recovery programs are a two-headed approach. We help treat the physical responses with medicine, while working to help learn skills to overcome addiction in sessions with our nurse practitioners.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

Therapy alone isn’t the only option for addiction treatment, however. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is often used, in combination with counseling and other therapeutic options. In keeping with a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders, medications help relieve withdrawal symptoms and the psychological cravings that are caused with chemical imbalances within the body.

SAMHSA currently backs the use of FDA-Approved medications for the treatment of addiction and substance abuse. 

Naltrexone (Vivitrol) – This is the most common form of MAT. Naltrexone blocks the effects of opiates on the brain and can also be used for alcohol addiction. Vivitrol is a prescription injectable medication for alcohol and opioid dependence that is administered on a monthly basis. Carencia Mental Health offers the administration of Vivitrol as part of its Medication-Assisted Treatment plans.

Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Sublocade) – Suboxone most commonly comes in pill or film forms and helps with opioid dependence. This medication also comes in a monthly injectable form called Sublocade. Paired with a solid counseling plan, buprenorphine is a safe and effective treatment for opioid dependency. 

Additional MAT Options Campral and Antabuse are additional medications that assist in the treatment alcohol addiction. Campral works in the brain to reduced the cravings to use alcohol. Antabuse works by creating a sensitivity to alcohol and producing some unpleasant side effects if alcohol is consumed. 

Carencia’s Medication-Assisted Treatment with Vivitrol

Reduces Cravings

Withdrawal symptoms, and long-term dependency, can create a cycle of cravings that make it hard to break free. Vivitrol treatment, partnered with therapy and counseling, can help increase the odds of successful completion of treatment and reach sustainable recovery. No longer being able to feel the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids helps to remove the physical temptation of the substance.

Accountability

It helps to provide a sense of accountability to help safeguard against relapse. Vivitrol blocks most mu opiate receptors in the brain, allowing struggling patients to focus on their coping skills and continue their sobriety.

Sustainable Recovery

Vivitrol is not intended for long-term use, but is typically used for 6-12 months. In individual cases, it can be used longer. Carencia is a licensed Vivitrol treatment provider and can help facilitate lasting results and a sustainable recovery.

In order to adhere to the “whole-person” approach to mental health, Carencia offers traditional therapy options as well as medication-assisted treatments. The benefits of the Carencia Vivitrol treatment are threefold.

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Mental Healthcare Support

The licensed behavioral therapists at Carencia dedicate themselves to developing a deeper understanding of our patient’s mental health and wellbeing. We focus on the person’s whole mental health and not just certain aspects of it. Using their own beliefs, behavior, and biology we help craft a therapy plan to help the whole person and enhance their quality of life.

At Carencia we have dedicated ourselves to giving out patients the best mental health support possible. We accomplish this two ways, with traditional in-office therapy and with online telehealth counseling.