Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Suboxone & Vivitrol

At TLC outpatient clinic we offer certain drugs to help clients get over their addictions.

And two of these drugs are somewhat controversial among those who know of our drug-free philosophy of the past 23 years. In particular, a drug that raises questions is Suboxone.

This drug reduces withdrawal symptoms of - and cravings for - opiates.  Clients use this drug only under our doctor's supervision.

The value is that addicts can work on recovery without cravings or discomfort. Unlike methadone, it's not for long-term use. Many addicts voluntarily withdraw from Suboxone after a few months.

Another drug we offer at the clinic is Vivitrol. This drug blocks both opiate and alcohol cravings. It requires only a monthly intramuscular injection. Those using it report no cravings.

Both drugs are expensive. But if they keep an addict from relapsing - or losing their lives - they're well worth the expense.