Medication Assisted Treatment

Easy Enrollment and No Doctor’s Referral Needed

For those who have opioid use disorder or have become addicted to opioids, quitting is a serious challenge because of the withdrawal symptoms it causes. Medication-assisted treatment can improve recovery potential by reducing those symptoms.

Taking medication for an opioid use disorder is like taking medication to control heart disease or diabetes. It’s not the same thing as substituting one drug for another. When used properly, the treatment medication doesn’t create a new addiction—it makes recovery more manageable, leading to a greater chance of success.

Enrollment in the medication-assisted treatment program is easy. Call (360) 565-0999 and ask for more information or for a referral to the program.

Referral requests are confidential and are handled by a nurse care manager who will review and then contact you for an assessment. You do not need to be a patient of Olympic Medical Physicians to receive an initial medication-assisted treatment consultation, and no doctor referral is needed.

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The Lowdown on Opioids

Opioids, known as narcotics, include prescription pain medications like Vicodin. OxyContin, Percocet, Ultram, morphine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine and tramadol. The illegal drug heroine is also an opioid. Continued use of opioids comes with serious risks, including physical dependence, increased symptoms of depression, and opioid overdose, which can lead to sudden death. Risk of overdose is increased when opioids are combined with alcohol, benzodiazepines, other sedatives and other opioids.

What is Opioid Use Disorder?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition describes opioid use disorder as a problematic pattern of opioid use leading to problems or distress. Opioid use disorder has several unique factors that separate it from other substance use disorders. Opioids can lead to physical dependence in as little as four to eight weeks of continued use. (Saxon, Renner, Greenfield, & Aoun, 2018) In chronic use, abrupt discontinuance can result in severe symptoms of withdrawal which is manifested through reports of generalized pain, chills, cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, restlessness, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and very intense cravings. The severity of these symptoms decreases motivation to discontinue using opioids.

At Olympic Medical Physicians, we recognize the need to support and advocate for people in the community who are battling with opioid use disorder. Medication-assisted treatment is offered on site using medications to help manage the disorder while working within a behavioral health model to gain control over the triggers (ie; pain, depression, stressors) leading to continued use of the opioid.

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References:

  • Saxon, A., MD, Renner, J., MD, Greenfield, S., MD, & Aoun, E. G., MD. (2018, November). Opioid Use Disorder. Retrieved May 2, 2019, from https://www.psychiatry.org