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1 Who We Are BHG s Medical Mission BHG Company Overview Behavioral Health Group (BHG) is a leading provider of opioid addiction treatment services. Our treatment centers provide pharmacotherapeutic maintenance and detoxification services in a conventional outpatient setting. Multiple locations in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas To empower our patients to realize their best level of functioning in the community. Medication assisted treatment at the lowest possible medication dosage to control the medical and behavioral signs of opioid addiction. Evidence-based, team-delivered, medicationassisted treatment of opioid dependence that allows each patient to work toward achieving his or her best level of functioning. Copyright 2013.Behavioral Health Group. All Rights Reserved. 1

2 Hope, Respect and Caring Hope - the treatment we offer can help patients regain the things they ve lost due to their untreated disease. Respect - our patients are treated with the same dignity and respect that any health care provider gives to a patient suffering from a medical condition. We Care about the epidemic of opioid addiction; we are committed to providing high quality care to those who suffer from this disease. What are Opioids? Opioids are a class of natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic narcotics derived from the opium poppy or synthesized in pharmaceutical laboratories. Substances in the opioid family include both legal and illegal drugs: Codeine, OxyContin, Fentanyl, Percocet, Vicodin, Morphine, Heroin When used correctly in a medical setting or under a physician s supervision, opioids are effective tools for pain management. What is Opioid Abuse/Addiction? Repeated use/abuse of opioids creates the potential for addiction. As an individual becomes addicted to opioids, he or she requires greater quantities of opioids to achieve the same level of euphoria or high. Physical addiction can occur within 6 weeks of the initial opioid abuse, but psychological addiction can occur in as little as 48 hours. When abused, opioids may be administered orally, by snorting, injecting or smoking. 2

3 What is Acute Withdrawal? Once addicted, opioid-dependent individuals cannot stop abusing opioids without triggering acute withdrawal. During acute withdrawal, the individual suffers from severe flu-like symptoms, pain, depression, and anxiety. Thereafter, post-acute withdrawal can last for months or years. Physical healing of the brain typically begins 12 to 18 months after cessation. Opioid Addiction Treatment It is recommended that a two-pronged approach is used to address the medical and behavioral aspects of opioid addiction. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) uses Methadone or Buprenorphine to address a patient's physical dependence on Opioids. Team-based Behavioral Counseling addresses a patient's psychological dependence. Medication Assisted Treatment Under the supervision of a physician, methadone or Suboxone is used to address the patient s physical dependence on opioids. These types of medication minimize the painful symptoms of withdrawal and stabilizes the patient s biochemistry. 3

4 Behavioral Counseling A comprehensive counseling program is used to address the patient s psychological dependence of an opioid addiction. Working with an on-site counselor, each patient develops an individualized treatment plan. The patient and counselor work to identify triggers that lead to damaging behavior, and then they develop coping mechanisms to address those triggers. What is Methadone? Methadone is a synthetic opioid. Since the 1960s, methadone has been primarily used as a treatment for narcotic addiction. By stabilizing the opioid receptors in the nervous system, methadone eliminates the patient s craving without providing a euphoric or high effect. Methadone maintenance treatment is considered the gold-standard for opioid addiction treatment. What is Suboxone? Suboxone (buprenorphine plus naloxone) is also a synthetic opioid. Suboxone treats opiate addiction by calming opioid receptors and preventing symptoms of withdrawal. For those with lower-grade opioid addictions, Suboxone is an effective first-option. This treatment modality is very similar to methadone treatment. 4

5 Outpatient Treatment Why Outpatient Treatment? This allows the patient to live at home, attend work or school, and live a normal life. Becoming and remaining eligible for take-home privileges adds another sense of responsibility for those in recovery. Many stable patients appreciate the accountability that being in an outpatient program provides. Questions? 5

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