Behavioral and Mental Health

Opioid Dependency Treatment Program

Our specialists in Appleton, Oshkosh, Milwaukee and Mequon provide safe withdrawal and recovery from opioids and other substance abuse addictions.

Ascension Wisconsin Opioid Dependency Care

Ascension Wisconsin has one of the few Opioid Dependency Treatment Programs with a certification to administer Suboxone (buprenorphine) as part of extended treatment.  We also have the expertise to manage medication transfers from other treatment centers (including those in other states) and to treat related behavioral and mental health conditions.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a potential drug overdose, call 911 for emergency medical care.

  • Slow breathing rate
  • Blue lips and fingernails
  • Cold, damp skin
  • Shaking
  • Vomiting or gurgling noise

A drug called naloxone available in the ER and when given in time can prevent overdose complications, including death. Our Emergency staff and doctors can refer patients to our Opioid Dependency Treatment Program for care and treatment.

Self-medicating Can Lead to Dependency

Prescription pain killers, referred to as opioids (or opiates) include:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Illegal substances such as heroin

Dangerous side effects can occur when these prescriptions are misused. Opioids combined with alcohol, anxiety medication, sleep aids or seizure medicine can cause severe interactions.

Medication-assisted Treatment

Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment is a once-a-day dose and gradually eliminates withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Suboxone does not produce extreme highs and lows like other addiction treatment medications. Overall, this treatment produces better long-term outcomes and reduces the risk of relapse when the patient participates in all phases of the program.

Our treatment team is experienced treating substance use of all types. We help patients identify stressors that can trigger an overdose and relapse. This program is a step toward a healthier lifestyle. Week by week, we support our patients staying sober while reducing the side effects and craving for the drug.

Education, counseling, and supportive care are all important phases in our program:

  • Begin Suboxone treatment with detox symptom management
  • Intensive outpatient therapy to manage triggers and cravings
  • Group and individual sessions with education and a focus on rebuilding personal relationships
  • Follow-up care while tapering off Suboxone with our help.

Our continuing care program monitors patients closely for relapse and other concerns that may prevent recovery. As a faith-based health system, we seek to heal body, mind and spirit for better overall health and well-being.

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