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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is defined as the use of medication (SuboxoneTM) in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid dependence.

What Can I Expect If I Am Prescribed Suboxone™
for Opioid Treatment?

In the first phase of Suboxone™ treatment, called “induction,” you must be in mild opiate withdrawal. Our staff will then start you on a low dose of Suboxone™ and increase the dose to an appropriate level, as needed. This will cause some mild physical discomfort. It usually takes 2-3 days to determine your correct dose. After that, we will ask you to attend weekly sessions.

Occasionally, it takes longer to determine your correct dose and complete “induction.” We work as a team and you will typically see either a counselor or a medical provider at each visit. We provide you Suboxone™ treatment from Eddystone Community Pharmacy at 1207 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne. This pharmacy is a part of our agency, and we will deliver medications to you as part of our integrative services. We will work with you through the stabilization of your treatment and maintenance of your program and care.

I Am Concerned About Overdosing, What Can I Do?

Our Center offers Naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This is provided to all patients. We teach everyone how to use the simple nasal spray and how to coach their loved ones on its use. You should also discuss your specific concerns with a medical provider at our clinic.

I Am Concerned About HIV or STI Risk Exposure,
What Can I Do?

We provide free and confidential testing and all walk-ins are welcome.
Call ahead or walk-in Monday – Friday at 940 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA 19079 or call (610) 583-3800.

Resources

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

This toolkit equips health care providers, communities, and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. It addresses issues for health care providers, first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose. Sections include:

  • Full toolkit
  • Facts for Community Members
  • Five Essential Steps for First Responders
  • Information for Prescribers
  • Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members
  • Recovering from Opioid Overdose

To access the toolkit and its respective sections, visit here.