Integrated treatment centers (ITCs) provide office-based medication-assisted treatment to adults age 18 and older who are struggling with opioid use disorder. ITCs offer personalized services, comprehensive support, and a comfortable environment to help adults achieve successful long-term recovery from opioid addiction.
Admissions criteria to receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction at an integrated treatment center (ITC)
Integrated treatment centers (ITCs) serve adults age 18 and older who have become dependent on heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers, or other opioids. ITCs welcome adults of all genders.
All admissions decisions at ITCs are made on an individual basis following a thorough review of each prospective patient’s treatment history, needs, and goals. In general, ITCs accept individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Age 18 or older
- Have opioid use disorder (the clinical term for opioid addiction)
- Do not require round-the-clock care
Please note that office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder is an outpatient service. This is not the optimal level of care for individuals who require 24-hour supervision or other more intensive interventions for opioid addiction.
Why an ITC may be the perfect place for adults to begin their recovery from opioid use disorder
In the United States, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been used to help individuals achieve recovery from opioid use disorder for decades. In the early 2000s, a new form of medication-assisted treatment, known as office-based opioid treatment (OBOT), was approved in the United States.
Among its many benefits, the OBOT model expanded access to treatment and offered greater flexibility for patients.
Integrated treatment centers, or ITCs, use the OBOT model. When you choose an ITC, your customized care will be provided by experienced professionals in a comfortable, office-like environment. Features of care at ITCs include the following:
There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” care at integrated treatment centers. Your treatment for opioid addiction at an ITC will be designed specifically for you. Elements of treatment, including which type of prescription medication you use and which therapeutic services you receive, will be determined solely by what will best prepare you to achieve successful long-term recovery from opioid use disorder.
Throughout your time in treatment at an ITC, your personalized plan will be monitored and, if necessary, revised to ensure that you continue to receive maximum benefit.
As the term implies, office-based treatment for opioid use disorder occurs in an office-like environment. Our ITCs are safe and comfortable spaces. Whether you are meeting with a member of the medical staff, taking part in individual counseling, or participating in a group session, you will be in a discreet and welcoming environment where you will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
Among the many benefits of receiving care at an integrated treatment center is that ITCs offer significant support without requiring you to commit to extended hours in treatment or forcing you to adhere to a rigid schedule. Part of our focus on personalized care for opioid addiction is helping you develop the treatment schedule that is best for you.
You will make appointments to visit the ITC to receive prescriptions and to take part in counseling. Outside of these scheduled office visits, you will have the freedom and flexibility to work, attend school, take part in volunteer projects, enjoy healthy leisure activities, and otherwise engage in a productive and satisfying life.
The benefits of prescription medication for adults who have been struggling with opioid addiction
When you receive office-based medication-assisted treatment at an ITC, you will follow a personalized plan that is based on a detailed assessment of your unique needs and goals. This plan will include both prescription medication and counseling. The type of medication, the optimal dosage level, and the nature and frequency of your counseling sessions will be determined by what’s best for you.
The prescription medications that are used at ITCs will allow you to stop using opioids without experiencing the powerful cravings, nausea, psychological distress, and other symptoms that are characteristic of opioid withdrawal.
One of your first activities at an ITC will be to meet with a medical staff member to discuss your medication options. Depending on various individual factors, you may receive a prescription for buprenorphine or naltrexone.
Buprenorphine is a prescription medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for use in medication-assisted treatment for adults who have opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine is one of the ingredients in the brand name medication Suboxone. Buprenorphine may be used alone or, as is the case with Suboxone, in combination with other medications.
Buprenorphine interacts with the receptors in your brain that are activated by opioid use, but it does not produce the disorienting high that opioid use causes. When you use buprenorphine as directed within the context of an approved office-based opioid treatment program such as an ITC, you can end your opioid use without being impacted by the distress of opioid withdrawal.
Naltrexone is a prescription medication that binds to and blocks the receptors in the central nervous system that are impacted by opioids and certain other addictive substances, such as alcohol. Naltrexone is marketed under various brand names, including Vivitrol.
Naltrexone prevents the onset of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone also prevents a person from experiencing the sense of relaxed euphoria that opioid use can elicit. This means that if you relapse while you are taking naltrexone, you won’t feel the pleasurable effects that you had become accustomed to feeling when you used opioids in the past.
Why counseling is such an important part of office-based medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder at an integrated treatment center
The appropriate use of certain prescription medications can allow you to stop using opioids without experiencing the distress of withdrawal. But medication alone cannot empower you to achieve long-term recovery from opioid use disorder.
When you take part in office-based treatment at an integrated treatment center (ITC), your care will involve both prescription medication and counseling. The counseling component of your care will help you make the lifestyle changes that will empower you to achieve an opioid-free future.
Your office-based treatment for opioid use disorder at an ITC may include individual and group counseling.
Individual counseling sessions are one-on-one meetings with a member of your treatment team. Individual sessions at ITCs are confidential conversations during which you can process successes and setbacks, discuss recovery-related topics, and receive focused feedback from an experienced professional. Individual counseling sessions are also excellent opportunities to discuss issues that you may be hesitant or unwilling to bring up in a group setting.
The number of individual counseling sessions that you participate in and the frequency of these sessions will be determined by your needs as well as your progress toward your treatment goals.
Group counseling is an important element of care for individuals who are taking part in office-based treatment for opioid use disorder at an ITC.
Group counseling at ITCs occurs within a safe, structured, and highly supportive environment. During group counseling sessions, you can share your thoughts and feelings, learn from the insights and experiences of others, and gain vital information about opioid addiction and recovery. As with individual sessions, all group counseling sessions at ITCs are led by experienced and compassionate professionals.
During groups, you’ll have the opportunity to share support with others who are working toward a similar goal. This can introduce you to the promise and power of the recovery community. Many people who struggle with opioid use disorder experience shame, guilt, and isolation. During groups, you will discover that you are not alone, that help is available, and that you will have access to sustained support throughout your recovery journey.
To learn more about counseling, medication, or any other element of office-based treatment for opioid use disorder at an integrated treatment center, contact us today. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available 24/7 to answer all your questions and help you determine if office-based medication-assisted treatment at an ITC is the optimal solution for you or a loved one.