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Promoting Recovery With Outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment

Recovery is a long road, but the team at Northwest Recovery Centers, LLC will be at your side all the while. Our South Seattle team of addiction recovery professionals is well-versed in several treatment options, including an outpatient medication-assisted approach. All medications used in these treatments are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Medication-assisted treatment is not merely replacing one drug with another—instead, it helps patients manage cravings and replace drug use with healthy habits. Learn more about what this treatment may mean for you.

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What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment refers to the use of medication, counseling, and other therapies together, to address and prevent return to substance abuse. At Northwest Recovery Centers, LLC, we’re committed to a “whole-patient” approach, which means we focus on much more than just the addiction itself. This treatment option emphasizes each patient’s overall health beyond a substance use disorder.

Explore Your Treatment Options

Medication-assisted treatment comes in numerous forms. Every patient is different, so our team works to create a medication plan tailored to their unique needs. However, all treatments operate with the same goal: to normalize brain chemistry and relieve cravings without inhibiting the body’s other functions. Depending on your circumstances, your provider may recommend the following medications paired with frequent therapy sessions:


This medication reduces cravings for an abused drug. We often administer this medicine via a tablet placed under the tongue.


Naltrexone helps to block the euphoric and sedative effects of certain drugs. Without the feelings of euphoria associated with using, patients may be less inclined to abuse the drug.


Suboxone treatment refers to the use of suboxone, a brand-name prescription drug, to treat opioid dependence. Most often, this medication comes as an oral film that can be ingested by placing it under the tongue and waiting for the film to dissolve.


VIVITROL® is a prescription injectable medicine used to prevent relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detox. You must stop taking opioids or other opioid-containing medications before starting VIVITROL. To be effective, VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs, such as counseling. It is not known if VIVITROL is safe and effective in children.

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment combined with counseling. Not only can this method reduce substance use, but it can also sustain recovery. Patients report fewer withdrawal symptoms and cravings, all while having no adverse effects on mental capability, physical functionality, ability to fulfill employment responsibilities, and home life. If you’re struggling with an addiction, medication-assisted treatment could help you on your journey to recovery. Speak with the team at Northwest Recovery Centers, LLC, and we’ll let you know if this approach could be right for you.

Contact Your Team Today

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our professionals. We’re here to provide support during your recovery.