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.