Medications can be an effective and needed component of a treatment plan, particularly when used in conjunction with psychotherapy. There are a number of safe, FDA-approved medications which are effective for a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. Under the care of professionals who understand the risks and benefits of medication, these may be used to relieve acute symptoms in a time of crisis or manage long-term quality of mental health.
Research has shown that both psychiatric medications and therapy are valid treatments, and in more severe cases the combination of medications and therapy is more effective than either treatment alone. Our goal is to work with our clients to achieve relief of troubling symptoms quickly, and then discuss a long term treatment plan that may or may not include medications managed carefully through a mental health professional. We work with clients using a comprehensive treatment plan to find the mix of resources and tools which will be beneficial, including medication management based on client feedback.
Specialty Medication Programs for Addiction Treatment
Our office is proud to have created 2 initiatives to help our patients and our local addiction treatment community obtain access to potentially life-saving medications.
Vivitrol at Half-Price
Vivitrol is a monthly long-acting injection of theopiate-blocker naltrexone, FDA-approved for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder. Our office has successfully negotiated a 50% discount for Vivitrol, and we pass on ALL the savings to our patients. While our rate of approximately $700 per injection is still costly, it is significantly lower than the $1400 retail rate and certainly cheaper than the costs of untreated alcohol and opioid addiction. We’ve seen great results with this medication, and we welcome any questions.
Free Naloxone Training for Treatment Facilities
On January 1, 2014, the Overdose Treatment Act became law in California. It allows lay people to possess and administer prescription naloxone to someone in urgent need who is experiencing life-threatening respiratory depression from an opiate overdose. Doctors may provide the prescription to the intended patient, a friend, family member, or to a member of the community at large without even having met the intended recipient. Both the doctor and the lay person receive legal protection. Naloxone is a non-scheduled, non-addictive, and safe prescription medication. To learn how to use it safely requires minimal instruction. The Mental Health Center is proud to prescribe naloxone to our colleagues in the treatment community. If you are interested in a free lecture where you can receive a prescription for naloxone, please contact our office. Thank you for joining us in our mission to help our mutual clients literally obtain a 2nd chance on life.