What Is SOS’s Opiate Addiction Program?
SOS’s opiate addiction program is an intensive (medically supervised) outpatient treatment program. SOS’s program has been serving individuals for approximately 5 years on a limited basis and is now expanding its capacity to be able to serve the needs of our community. The program allows individuals to move from their current level of drug usage to being completely free of any addictive opiate on an outpatient basis. This highly effective and intensive treatment regimen includes three components.
This treatment program is designed primarily for individuals who have become dependent on or are addicted to opiates and whose goal is to abstain completely from all drug usage. SOS’s program integrates highly effective counseling with state-of-the-art medication treatments Buprenorphine (Suboxone).
About Suboxone and Its Use
Suboxone™ is the first opioid medication approved under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act 2000 (DATA 2000) for the treatment of opiate addiction and dependence, in an office-based setting. Suboxone™ (and its sister drug Subutex™) can also be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for the treatment of other medical conditions.
The primary active ingredient in Suboxone™ is buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a medication that can both activate and block opioid receptors. Depending on the conditions, partial agonists can produce effects similar to those of either agonists or antagonists. In combination with naloxone, it creates the opiate addiction treatment drug, Suboxone® and combined with naltrexone, it creates the opiate treatment medicaton Subutex®. Because buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its opioid effects are limited compared with those produced by full opioid agonists, such as oxycodone or heroin. Suboxone™ also contains naloxone, an opioid antagonist.
The naloxone in Suboxone™ is there to discourage people from misusing the drug (i.e., dissolving the tablet and injecting it.) When Suboxone™ is used as directed (by placing the tablet under the tongue and allowing it to dissolve) very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream, so the patient primarily feels are the effects of the buprenorphine. However, if Suboxone™ is injected, the naloxone can cause that person to quickly go into withdrawal.
Suboxone™ taken as directed and at the appropriate dose may be used to:
- Suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal
- Decrease cravings for opioids
- Reduce illicit opioid use
- Block the effects of other opioids
- Help patients stay in treatment
Why Use Our Treatment?
SOS has the ability to provide treatment services and become a treatment partner for local physicians who are treating opiate addiction medically. This unique combination of SOS’s intensive weekly counseling, appropriate medication from our partner doctors and continuing aftercare provides clients with the most effective treatment experience available as SOS’s Intensive Outpatient Program fits as an appropriate treatment add on to existing medication management with partnering doctors
- Outpatient: 2-8 hours (evenings after 5:00) or IOP: 9-10 hours (evenings after 5:00) of treatment for the first 6-8 weeks (depending on assessment results)
- Aftercare/Relapse Prevention: 2-3 hours of treatment (evenings after 5:00) per week for 12 weeks
- Random Drug Testing: Random drug testing to support abstinence and promote accountability
- Weekly Recovery Support and Self-Help Meetings
“Medication assisted treatment definitely saved my life. After the first day I started my treatment I haven’t used. I was scared and wasn’t sure if this was the best place for me, but I was running out of options. The opiate addiction program at SOS helped me get my life back on track.” -Anonymous Client-
Want to Make a Referral?
SOS’s Opiate Addiction Program accepts Medicaid, some types of insurance, private pay and through funding with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health offers a sliding scale fee system which allows those who need our services the ability to afford it. To make a referral to SOS you may call 405-810-1766 ext. 0 or email James Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to SOS’s website www.okcsos.com and complete an online referral form.