Intake and Induction
During your first appointment you will be given a comprehensive substance dependence assessment and a physical exam. Reviewing this information will help in determining your starting dose of medication. The pros and cons of the medication will be presented. Treatment expectations will be discussed.
Stabilization and Maintenance
This is the second phase of treatment. During these first few months your doctor may continue to adjust your dose until you find the dose that works the best for you. Once a stable dose has been reached you will then enter the maintenance phase of treatment. This is also when you will begin working on your treatment goals with your doctor and counselor. Follow up is typically on a monthly basis.
There are no time limits for treatment with this medication. If you and your doctor agree that the time is right for a medical taper, he or she will slowly lower your dose.