• May 17, 2022

    Once-monthly Sublocade injections now available at
    Community Recovery Center to treat opioid addiction


    The Rome Health Community Recovery Center now offers Sublocade to treat opioid addiction, announced Director Danielle Russell, Advanced CASAC. The medication is injected monthly to block the rewarding effects of opioids, which are the “pleasurable feelings” that can keep people using.

    “The benefit of Sublocade over daily use medications is the drug is released all month at sustained levels without real daily ups and downs,” Russell explained. “Because of this consistency, Sublocade patients were 14 times more likely to achieve treatment success in clinical trials.”

    The Community Recovery Center offers a broad range of medications to treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence, such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, Naltrexone tablets, and Campral as part of its Medication-Assisted Treatment program. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

    Located in downtown Rome at 264 W. Dominick St., the Community Recovery Center provides comprehensive support for adults and adolescents who want to regain control over their lives.

    “Ensuring access to the latest treatment options is critical with the opioid epidemic in the community and the significant increase in overdoses and deaths,” said Russell.
    “The medications can help relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body,” she explained. “People abusing opiate pain medications and other substances often continue using because they don’t know how to cope with the very real symptoms of withdrawal.”

    “The medications are a tool to help break the cycle of addiction, so it’s easier for our clients to work on their sobriety with the help of counseling and behavioral therapies,” Russell explained.

    According to the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the slow adoption of these evidence-based treatment options for alcohol and opioid dependence is partly due to misconceptions about substituting one drug for another.

    However, the prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.

    Certified by the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), the Community Recovery Center is accepting new patients by appointment or during walk-in assessments Mondays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The center participates with most major insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. A sliding scale fee is available for self-pay clients. For more information, please call 315.334.4701

    About Rome Health
    Rome Health is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary and specialty care to long-term care, Rome Health delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. We are a comprehensive health care system that connects you to the best clinicians and the latest technologies so they are easily accessible to you and your family. Rome Health is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.