Suboxone (Buprenorphine) is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependency in an office-based setting. This medication has been approved by the FDA for treatment for addiction of heroin, methadone, Oxycontin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone) and similar narcotics. When used to treat substance dependance, buprenorphine will help to suppress the withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings.

Along with the prescription medication, counseling and psychological support are offered to manage the treatment and recovery process. Detoxification can by a trying experience. This treatment option will allow you to continue your life with minimal disruption.

Yes. Reliable Health Services is for patients that want to get their life back on track, free of addiction and substance abuse.

That will be determined with your assessment. Plan for two appointments with the MD every month as well as 2 counseling appointments.

Suboxone treatment is used to treat the withdrawal symptoms while undergoing detoxification from narcotics and substances such as Heroin, Methadone, Oxycodone, Vicodin and similar drugs.

Reliable Health Services is in-network with many providers including Medicaid, Medicare, BCBSNC and United Healthcare. Please contact us with your individual plan. Your insurance will cover your prescription. If you need a prior authorization to obtain you Rx we will help you with that.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages you to choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages to help achieve recommended nutrient intakes. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods can help you get the nutrients you need without excess calories. Avoid excess calories by limiting consumption of foods high in added sugars and solid fats, and alcoholic beverages; these provide calories but are poor sources of essential nutrients. See USDA’s MyPlate Web site to learn more about choosing nutrient-dense foods. And, because calorie intake must be balanced with physical activity to control weight, stay active. See the NIH Weight-Control Information Network’s Tips to Help You Get Active.

Consuming extra calories results in an accumulation of stored body fat and weight gain. This is true whether the excess calories come from protein, fat, carbohydrate, or alcohol. See CDC’s Finding a Balance web page to learn more about the calorie balance equation.

We all need some body fat, but if stored fat is excessive it may increase the risk of diet-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. This is particularly true if excess fat is in the abdominal area. Check out Ways to Be Active, a publication from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, to learn more.

You need to burn off 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. This translates into a reduction of 500 calories per day to lose 1 pound in a week, or 1000 calories per day to lose 2 pounds in a week. (1-2 pounds per week is generally considered to be a safe rate of weight loss.) This can be achieved by eating fewer calories or using up more through physical activity. A combination of both is best. See CDC’s Finding a Balance web page to learn more.

Physical activity is a key component of helping you move toward a healthier weight, as it can help you achieve the appropriate calorie balance. People who exercise regularly may be more likely to keep the weight from coming back after losing weight. Check out the following resources on physical activity:

Losing, gaining or staying at the same weight all depend on how many calories you eat and how many calories your body uses over time. If you eat more calories than you use, you will gain weight; conversely, if you eat fewer calories than you use, you will lose weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’(link is external) Healthy Weight Gain(link is external)webpage provides some information and advice on how to gain weight and remain healthy.

Addiction counselors and other mental health professionals generally look for a pattern of the following:

  • Negative consequences of alcohol/drug use
  • An inability to quit or control alcohol/drug use
  • A pattern of increased amounts and/or frequency of use There is no single item that makes a person an alcoholic or drug-addicted. It is a combination of factors that help a counselor determine if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for alcohol or drug dependence. (Alcohol dependence and drug dependence are different ways of saying someone is an alcoholic or addicted.)

It is important to approach someone whom you think may have a problem in a way that is non-confrontational. When you are upset with the person as a result of their drinking or use, it is usually not the best time to discuss it with them. Wait until the next day, then calmly express your concern without name calling, blaming or accusing. Simply say that you care about them and you’ve noticed how their use is affecting their life. Say that you would like them to see if they can stop their use, and if they can’t, ask them to get professional help to stop.

Alcoholism and drug addiction have the same fundamental characteristics as physical diseases:

  • They are progressive, meaning that they worsen over time without proper treatment.
  • They are fatal. If untreated, they ultimately lead to death.
  • There is an inherited biological connection that causes a pre-disposition or increased likelihood of a person having the diseases.
  • They manifest in a predictable way regardless of whom they affect.

Those who are alcoholics and/or drug addicted and have been able to stop through an active participation in a plan of recovery consider themselves to be recovering. This means that while they do not currently drink or use drugs they will always be susceptible to alcohol or drugs and will need to make significant lifestyle changes in order to continue to reinforce their new lifestyle. Addiction has such a profound effect on the individual that even when they no longer use or drink, their previous experiences have left a lasting impact on the way they view themselves and the world around them. Alcoholics and drug addicts don’t consider themselves to be cured, but they do consider themselves to be recovering and “no longer active” in alcohol or drug use.

“Co-dependent” is a general term for those who unwittingly become involved in helping the addicted person to continue their chemically dependent lifestyle in a variety of ways. Becoming co-dependent is often described as “having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation”. Addiction changes the “rules” by which we normally conduct our relationships with others and as a result, attempts to adapt to those changes often end up discouraging any positive change.