MEDICATION FOR OPIOID USE DISORDERS
ETS uses medication to help stabilize the brain functioning of people with opioid use disorders. This treatment recognizes the effects of prolonged opioid use on the brain and helps to manage this medical condition by stabilizing brain chemistry. Once a patient is medically stabilized, they are better equipped to tackle the difficult emotional and environmental circumstances surrounding recovery. We combine medication with important rehabilitative services in our federally accredited opioid treatment program.
Opioid treatment programs are the most common medication-assisted treatment for adults with opioid use disorders. Patients begin treatment with methadone or buprenorphine and come to the clinic daily to receive medication from a dispensing nurse. This treatment helps patients who respond well to methadone and provides a structured, intensive, daily treatment. Over time, some patients may graduate to less structured services, with medications dispensed in weekly to (at most) monthly take-home quantities.
At our Seattle Clinic, we also offer patients acupuncture to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and to support them in their recovery. Learn more about acupuncture in this short video.