New program aims to improve opioid recovery

There may be thousands of people eligible for the program in Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A New partnership is offering hope for people suffering from opioid addiction.

We’re talking about concept that combines counseling and medication to fight opioid abuse.

The country is in the midst of a deadly opioid overdose epidemic. Medications are used to managed the dependency.

To fight this war on addiction, Cooley Dickinson Hospital has partnered with Healthcare resource centers, to help addicts reclaim their lives.

The arrangement between the two agencies provides medication assisted treatment, like suboxone and methadone. They also offer counseling and case management services.

Addicts suffer painful withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking opioids.

“Them trying to quit is very hard and the treatment does help,” said Guy Cournoyer Jr. of Northampton.

Medications such as methadone and suboxone can help alleviate cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal.

“Developed the suboxone program ,as well, which is very important and they’ve always have had and continue to have counseling available, right on site,” Dr. Peter Halperin of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital told 22News. “So when folks go for appointments for medication, counseling is integrated that day.”

According to Dr. Halperin, suboxone mimics the effects that opiate drugs produce. It helps prevent withdrawal symptoms and opioid cravings.

“When you get off that treatment you have to take it real real slow,” Cournoyer Jr. said. “If you do it too fast, you’re going to relapse.”

Pairing medication with support programs and counseling, can help addicts overcome their addictions and begin leading drug-free lives.

According to Dr. Peter Halperin, there may be thousands of people who are eligible for this treatment program in Hampshire County.