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SCL Health St. Mary's Integrated Addiction Medicine

Trying to get off certain medications or substances can be very difficult. We are here to help.

Not everyone who has been on opioids, benzodiazepines, or other controlled substances has an addiction. We recognize that many persons have been prescribed medications to address significant conditions such as debilitating chronic pain or anxiety. We also acknowledge that these medications help, but as evidence continues to mount that long term use of these medications may have more risks than benefits, and in some cases are causing harm; our goal is to assist individuals who have become dependent on these medications while helping to address their medical conditions. 

The Integrated Addiction Medicine Program aims to combine management of comorbid conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety with realistic medication tapers that focus both on an individual’s immediate needs as well as his or her long term well-being. Medications that we can assist in tapering include:

  • Opioids such as morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl
  • Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax®), lorazepam (Ativan®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), and diazepam (Valium®)
  • Sleep medications such as zolpidem (Ambien®), eszopiclone (Lunesta®), and zaleplon (Sonata®).
 

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