Methadone and levo-alpha-acetylmethadol (LAAM) are very effective in helping individuals addicted to heroin or other opiates stabilize their lives and reduce their illicit drug use. Naltrexone is also an effective medication for some opiate addicts and some patients with co-occurring alcohol dependence. Bupenorhpine is the most popular drug replacement therapy (DRT) these days.
For persons addicted to nicotine, a nicotine replacement product (such as patches or gum) or an oral medication (such as bupropion) can be an effective component of treatment.
For patients with mental disorders, both behavioral treatments and medications can be critically important.
Each medication choice must be made as part of an ongoing dialog with a well-intentioned and well-trained medical professional.
Your Sober Coach is neither doctor, nurse, nor diagnostician - and we work with all sorts of medical providers to assist our clients in selecting the right medications, evaluation of their effectiveness, and determining whether and when a new course is indicated.
Our service to any client taking - or considering taking - medication is reflective and feedback-based. A Sober Coach or Sober Companion from Sober Champion will take direction from doctors and will provide independent feedback to them. This is not about "snitching" on a client; this is about providing as much accurate and timely information to medical professional as possible.
We do not meddle. We serve as liasons between our clients and their doctors. It is one more way we serve to the best of our ability.