Addiction Medicine


Opioid Dependence

*We make every attempt to get new patients in as soon as possible, often with in a few hours, and even on weekends if needed.

Opiate addiction comes in many forms. For some it’s heroin for others it may be prescription pain medication or methadone from a maintenance program. Often the problem originates quite innocently, out of their doctor’s office, or it may start from a few poor choices. Prolonged usage of opiates causes physical changes in the brain, remolding that makes stopping these drug very difficult. Some may find it impossible to stop without help. For those patients Vivify Medical is here for you and welcomes you with open arms.

At Vivify Medical, our staff understands the destructive impact opiate addiction can have on those we treat, and their families. We consider opiate addictions to be a chronic disease and we treat it accordingly. We do not judge or look down on those we treat. Instead we treat our patients with mutual respect, compassion and most of all discretion. We will always use a team approach to treating this difficult disorder. The patient is the central member of that team with the Vivify Medical staff and counselors as the other members.

We offer two very helpful approaches to achieve this goal. Suboxone treatment (buprenorphine/naloxone) and Naltrexone. We believe that what we offer at Vivify Medical, when added to a structured counseling program, to be a very effective approach to recovery of opiate addiction.


DSM-IV Substance Abuse Criteria

Substance dependence is defined as a maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to
clinically significant impairment or distress as manifested by one (or more) of the
following, occurring within a 12-month period:

  1. Recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at
    work, school, or home (such as repeated absences or poor work performance
    related to substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions, or
    expulsions from school; or neglect of children or household).
  2. Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (such as
    driving an automobile or operating a machine when impaired by substance use)
  3. Recurrent substance-related legal problems (such as arrests for substance related
    disorderly conduct)
  4. Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or
    interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance
    (for example, arguments with spouse about consequences of intoxication and
    physical fights).

If any of this sounds like you or someone you know, Vivify Medical of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can help.  Give us call and see the difference we can make.  You and your family deserve better.  Start the healing today.

*We make every attempt to get new patients in as soon as possible, often with in a few hours, and even on weekends if needed.

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