Alcohol Detox Center Waterville ME

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

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Residential Services for Women
9 Spruce Street,
Augusta, ME04330
(207) 621-7218
www.mainegeneral.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Women

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MaineGeneral also keenly focuses on preventive health and supports many ongoing programs throughout our communities.
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Residential Services for Men
2093 Belgrade Road,
Sidney, ME4330
(207) 547-3065
www.mainegeneral.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Men

As the largest private employer in the Kennebec Valley region, MaineGeneral Health is a comprehensive non-profit system that includes:

A medical center with three campuses in Augusta and Waterville
A state-of-the-art regional outpatient cancer treatment center
Physician practices
Nursing homes
Specialized rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse services
Home health care and hospice services
Special care for patients with memory loss
Community outreach programs and
Retirement living options

MaineGeneral also keenly focuses on preventive health and supports many ongoing programs throughout our communities.

Our Physicians
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Monthly Shot Could Help Fight Alcohol Addiction

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Monthly shot could help fight alcohol addiction

Kafi Drexel

Friday, February 08, 2008

It''s an uphill battle many alcoholics struggle with: resisting the craving to drink. While it''s certainly no cure, some doctors say a monthly shot could help more alcohol-dependent patients fight the urge.

“Vivitrol is an injectable form of a medicine known as Naltrexone. Naltrexone is available in oral form, but this is an injectable form, which is given to the patient once-a-month for several reasons: to increase compliance, so patients don''t have to worry about taking the pill; and it delivers a level of drug, which is really very adequate for dealing with alcohol issues,” says Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Dr. Steven Lamm.

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

Doctors say the once-a-month injectable cuts down on that. One patient says she wouldn''t call the shot a miracle drug, but it''s the only thing that''s helped her with 15 years of addiction.

“It''s been very helpful. I haven’t been drinking as much. I don''t drink every day. I used to before I took Vivitrol and when I do drink, I drink a lot less than I used to,” says the recovery alcoholic, who asked to remain anonymous.

While the shot doesn''t necessarily stop alcoholics from drinking, doctors say being able to dramatically reduce the amount of heavy drinking days for patients has a huge impact on physical and emotional health.

“Our belief has been that abstinence is the goal for alcoholism and I believe that myself, but at this point I am at least satisfied my patients are drinking significantly less,” says Dr. Lamm. “When they are drinking less there quality of life and t...

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