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First Care Medical Clinic

Substance Abuse Treatment

Struggling with substance abuse isn’t something you have to go through alone. A team of medical professionals at First Care Medical Clinic can help you start effective outpatient substance abuse treatment. Book an appointment at any of our five North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and Charlotte, or our clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

To schedule a visit, contact the First Care Medical Clinic office nearest you by phone or use the online booking feature.

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Substance & Opioid Abuse Treatment Q & A

What is Opioid Addiction?

Understanding that you may need help to manage an addiction to opioids or painkillers is the first step in substance abuse treatment. Personalized outpatient substance abuse treatment may be beneficial if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  1. Do you take pain medicine that has not been prescribed to you, including oxycodone, codeine, or morphine?
  2. Do you take more than your prescribed dose of opioids or painkillers?
  3. Do you take painkillers or opioids on a daily basis?
  4. Do you combine prescription opioids with another substance, such as alcohol?
  5. Has your opioid use caused adverse health problems, such as constipation, nausea, or vomiting, or gastrointestinal dysfunction?

If you are suffering from opioid or narcotics abuse and are seeking substance abuse treatment, you are not alone. Countless Americans misuse or overuse pain medication each year.

How Can I Stop An Opioid Addiction?

At First Care Medical Clinic, a team of experienced medical providers will provide outpatient substance abuse treatment services and medication-assisted treatment that are entirely personalized to you and your unique needs. You can expect compassionate care in a nurturing environment from the moment you walk in the door.

What Medications Can You Take For Opioid Addiction?

Medication-assisted narcotics treatment involves taking Suboxone®, a specialized prescription medication created to combat opioid addiction. Suboxone® contains two key ingredients:
  1. Buprenorphine stimulates the same receptors in your brain as opioids, but it doesn’t create the same euphoric effect. Instead, buprenorphine helps control brain receptors when you do take opioids, so the drug becomes less effective and thus, less addictive.
  2. Naloxone, also called an “opioid blocker”, minimizes painful withdrawal symptoms and overwhelming cravings.
When combined into Suboxone®, buprenorphine and naloxone work together to help you overcome your addiction over time. Your doctor may combine your Suboxone® treatment with behavioral therapy or counseling to ensure you’re successful.

What is an Outpatient Substance Abuse Program?

Regular follow-up visits and ongoing access to your medical provider is part of the First Care Medical Clinic’s outpatient substance abuse program. Here, you are never alone. We encourage you to talk openly and honestly about your substance abuse issues, our team of doctors will not judge. First Care Medical Clinic providers can prescribe Suboxone® and counsel you on when and how to take it, so you can take control of your health. The best way to start your path to recovery and resolve your addiction to painkillers is to schedule a professional medical evaluation.