Alcohol Addiction Treatment Services in Old Bridge, NJ


At Oasis Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, we are committed to providing the most current, evidence-based addiction and substance use treatment options. Our team of trained professionals will assist you in developing an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan. Treatment services are available for those struggling with the following substance use problems:

 
  • Heroin
  • Opiates, oxycodone, oxycontin
  • Cocaine/crack cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Hallucinogens: LSD, mushrooms
 
  • Methamphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Marijuana
 
 
 
 
 

Services Available:

 
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Substance Use Counseling
 
  • Co-occuring mental health disorder treatment
  • Medication Assisted Recovery
 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
 

Medication Assisted Recovery Treatment for Opiate and Alcohol Addiction

What is Medication Assisted Treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) utilizes medications along with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a holistic approach to substance use disorder treatment. Research reveals that medication and therapy combined can successfully treat substance use disorders for some people struggling with addiction and may help sustain recovery.
Medications help to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, decrease physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the medications used in MAT for the treatment of substance use disorders. Medications are chosen to meet the clinical needs of the individual.
The goal of MAT is to obtain recovery and the ability to obtain a self- directed life. This treatment approach has been shown to improve patient survival, increase retention in treatment, decrease illicit opiate use, decrease criminal activity in people with substance use disorders, increase the person’s ability to obtain and maintain employment and improve birth outcomes among pregnant women who have substance use disorders. Unfortunately, despite the research evidence, MAT is significantly underutilized due to many misconceptions amongst health care professionals and the community.

What is Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone)?
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. The buprenorphine/naloxone combination is used to treat opioid addition. Buprenorphine attaches to the same receptors as other opioids and when used as prescribed, helps to decrease withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Naloxone decreases the euphoric side effects of opioid drugs. The medication comes in pill form and in film strips that dissolve under the tongue.
For more information about buprenorphine: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/buprenorphine

Q: What is Naltrexone (Vivitrol)?
A: Naltrexone is available in pill form or in injectable form (long acting Vivitrol injection). Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist and blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of opiates and alcohol and prevents feelings of euphoria. Oral naltrexone is taken in pill form daily. Injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol) is given every 28 days. Patients receiving naltrexone for opiate use must be abstinent from opiates for 7-10 days prior to administration.
For more information about naltrexone: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/naltrexone

Q: What is Disulfiram?
Disulfiram is used to treat chronic alcoholism. Best results are seen in people who have undergone detoxification from alcohol or who are in the initial stage of abstinence. It is prescribed in tablet form and is taken once daily. It should never be used while intoxicated and should not be taken for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol. It is used to make drinking alcohol produce unpleasant side effects.

Q: What is Acamprosate?
A: Acamprosate is prescribed to people who have already stopped drinking and who are in recovery. It typically begins on the fifth day of abstinence, with the full effect of the medication being reached in five to eight days. It comes in pill form and is taken three times a day. It works to help prevent people from drinking alcohol, but does not prevent withdrawal symptoms. It is ineffective for people who continue to drink alcohol, use illicit drug or who use or abuse prescriptions drugs.

Information obtained from SAMHSA: “Medication and Counseling” https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment

If you or a loved one needs help with addiction or substance use, please call and schedule an appointment today.
732-543-1600

Medication Assisted Recovery Treatment for Opiate and Alcohol Addiction