(KUTV) – Doctors in a Salt Lake City clinic try to save lives by informing the public about programs to liberate people from opioids.
The Equilibrium Healthcare team is developing a multi-prong approach to opioid dependence. The program includes a mix of outpatient therapy and medications such as Suboxone or Vivitrol
"It blocks receptors and reduces withdrawal symptoms and reduces people's cravings without causing euphoria." Amy De La Garza, founder of Balance said. "It reduces withdrawal symptoms, so people do not feel like going out and feeling ill, and it does not help people to consume opioids."
De La Garza developed the clinic with her partner Jonathan Knochen, one and a half years ago. She is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Last year, the nationwide recognized medical organization launched the Treatment Gap Awareness Week, which takes place annually on the last seven days of April.
"I think many people miss treatment because they do not know that there is an option like this," said De La Garza.
Her patient, Suzanne Severini, has been using Suboxone for ten years.
"I'm a prolific pro, a good mother, a good wife, a good friend, a good sponsor, none of which could happen in my life on a consistent basis until I got into this program," said Severini.
De La Garza said she sees many patients, such as Severini, who have been on pain medication for legitimate medical problems. She said that they often find it difficult to seek treatment because they can not afford time or money for intensive hospitalization.
For many people who have families, children and jobs, it is very difficult to get rid of them for a longer period of time, and so I think many people just do not access it. You are leaving the residential area and somehow you have fallen back into your normal world, with all the triggers and stressors that helped you get there, but you have not had any practice on how to use those things. I've learned, "she said," If you can not completely free yourself from your life, stop taking on your job and take care of your family, you will not receive treatment for a long time, this disease just perpetuates itself. "
Both women agreed to treatments such as Suboxone's have a bad reputation in the past due to abuse, but it's a viable and effective treatment option for many opioid-dependent patients.
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Utah has the seventh highest death toll in opioids, with only one in ten addicts receiving treatment, De La Garza said Suboxone therapy increases recovery by 50 percent
More about the program learn at Equilibriumclinicslc.com/.