If You Are Addicted
Health Inclusion Matters has a special interest in the following:
- Management of substance misuse
- Support for those with alcohol dependence
- Awareness of mental health problems
The doctors at the practice have extensive experience in training in prescribing Methadone or Buprenorphine for opiate dependence and provide a drug monitoring service. There is also a specialist substance misuse nurse who supports them in this.
Heroin dependance can be treated using Methadone oral solution or Buprenorphine sub lingual tablet prescribing.
A full assessment is done before methadone or buprenorphine prescribing is started, and it takes some days before the dose is reached when you no longer have heroin withdrawal symptoms. During this time we need to see you frequently and regularly, starting your treatment with daily pickups and supervised consumption and screening for drugs by either urine or oral fluid tests. Because we need to see you daily initially it is not usually practical to commence prescribing on a Friday as the surgery is shut at the weekend.
It is extremely important that you look after any medication prescribed in a responsible manner and never share it with anyone else as an overdose could be fatal.
Medication must be locked away safely if there are children in the home
Addictions are not easy to overcome and specialist support is often needed. A substitute prescription can stop withdrawal feelings and remove the need to buy illicit drugs on the street but overcoming addictions takes a lot more than just a prescription. Psychosocial support is really important in understanding addiction and how to overcome it and this is provided at
CRI Spectrum - Hertfordshire Drug and Alcohol Services
20 Station Road WD17 1EG, telephone 0800 652 3169