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Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatments

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Understanding and Treating Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a complex brain disease that affects multiple parts of the brain regions and involves a cycle of three distinct stages. Dr. Watson uses a compassionate, tailored, and evidence based approach to give patients a promising opportunity to recover from their addiction. 

Dr. Watson's Approach to Treating Opioid Use Disorders

Dr. Watson utilizes a specialized treatment strategy combining Direct Physician Care and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for OUD.

These medications work by targeting different pathways and neurotransmitters involved in the addiction cycle, helping to manage the symptoms and reduce the likelihood of relapse. There is a science to sobriety, understanding how addiction effects the brain is vital for improved treatment outcomes.


1 in 5

of 2.5 million adults received medications to treat Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Process

Our Approach to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Dr. James Watson leads our experienced medical team, specializing in addiction medicine. Our approach to OUD treatment is rooted in compassion and personalized care. We understand that each person’s journey to recovery is unique, and we are dedicated to tailoring our treatment plans to address your specific needs and aspirations.

Comprehensive Assessment

Your journey toward recovery begins with a thorough assessment by our medical professionals. During this initial evaluation, we delve into your medical history, current challenges, and treatment preferences. Rest assured that your information is treated with the utmost confidentiality, creating a safe and judgment-free environment for your care.

Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities

Our treatment approach is firmly grounded in evidence-based modalities that have demonstrated their effectiveness in OUD recovery. We offer a range of treatments, including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is a cornerstone of our OUD treatment program. Dr. Watson may prescribe FDA-approved medications such as buprenorphine or methadone to help reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms. MAT offers a holistic approach to your recovery journey.

Relapse Prevention

Effective relapse prevention is vital to sustaining recovery. Dr. Watson and our team work closely with you to identify triggers, establish effective relapse prevention strategies, and equip you with practical tools to maintain your hard-earned sobriety.

graphic depicting the opioid addiction cycle within the human brain, showing 3 stages: 1) Binge, 2) Withdrawal, 3) Craving

The Three Stages of the Opioid Addiction Cycle:

  1. Binge / Intoxication Stage – this stage involves the rewarding effects of opioids, leading to pleasure and euphoria.
  2. Withdrawal / Negative Affect Stage – The absence of opiates leads to withdrawal symptoms and a negative emotional state, including anxiety and irritability.
  3. Preoccupation / Anticipation (Craving) Stage – This stage is characterized by cravings and the compulsion to use again, often triggered by cues and stress.

OUD is a chronic medical condition characterized by compulsive opioid use, even when faced with negative consequences. It can lead to physical and psychological dependence.

Common signs include a strong craving for opioids, loss of control over opioid use, and withdrawal symptoms when not using. A professional assessment is essential for a definitive diagnosis.

MAT involves the use of FDA-approved medications to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in individuals with OUD. It is often combined with therapy for comprehensive treatment.

The duration of treatment varies from person to person. It can range from several months to ongoing maintenance, depending on individual needs and goals.

Many insurance plans offer coverage for OUD treatment. Our team can assist you in verifying your insurance and exploring payment options.

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