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Opioid Addiction Treatment

We offer opioid addiction specific assessments on a walk-in basis at our Main Campus, 4422 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings starting at 7 a.m.

The Opioid Addiction Treatment (OATS) program at DACCO provides treatment to individuals age 18 and older who are addicted to either prescription (oxycontin, vicodin, xanax) or street (heroin) opiate drugs who need a bridge between addiction and sobriety.  Our program includes the use of prescribed Methadone, Suboxone or Vivitrol.  These medications work by preventing withdrawal symptoms and controlling cravings.  Our program adheres to the State of Florida guidelines, and all aspects of the program are evaluated and overseen by a licensed physician, with medications administered by an accredited nurse.

Medication stabilization allows the body to stop physically craving the substance.  The length of time for medication stabilization depends on a number of factors, including whether the drug was used heavily or over an extensive period of time.  Our medical professionals monitor each individuals condition to ensure the appropriate time frame (which can range from a few days to about two weeks) is provided.  The potential symptoms involved with medication stabilization have a wide range depending on the type of drug used. These symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, cramping, insomnia, shaking, restlessness, hallucinations, anxiety, hot flashes, and depression.

After medication stabilization, ongoing progressive treatment will help address the psychological cravings associated with this difficult addiction.  The emotional stress associated with withdrawal and identifying new coping mechanisms other than drugs can feel overwhelming. Our medical professionals are here to comfort and guide each step of the way.