The BioCorRx Recovery Program
The BioCorRx® Recovery Program is a comprehensive multi-phase outpatient “non-addictive” Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for alcohol and opioid addictions. These parts include:
- A naltrexone pellet implant
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based, solution-oriented counseling
- 12 months of aftercare with a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS)
- 12 months of Recovery Coaching
With CBT typically completed within 90 days, the program blends within the framework of one’s everyday life, in conjunction with 12 months of discreet peer-support (PRSS) and recovery coaching after care. This cutting-edge, proven, and effective treatment modality is available to those who feel this program is the right opportunity and have been medically cleared.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) and their 2006 ‘COMBINE’ study – (Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions for Alcoholism) – the best outcomes in naltrexone therapy are a result of receiving naltrexone along with outpatient behavioral-modification counseling.
The BioCorRx® Recovery Program, in compliance with NIAAA and HHS guidelines, has expanded significantly on this concept with our in-depth CBT counseling and 12-month support program.
The comprehensive BioCorRx® Recovery Program blends aggressive medical management in the form of a minimally invasive procedure, involving the subcutaneous insertion of specially compounded implants (pellets) which contain the FDA approved medication naltrexone, combined with customized, structured, and focused one-on-one medication-assisted treatment counseling sessions, specific to naltrexone treatment.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that removes the “pleasure feelings” in the brain that respond to opioids and alcohol when consumed. Once implanted just beneath the skin in the lower abdominal area, the completely biodegradable naltrexone implant slowly releases the drug into the body over several months and eliminates or significantly reduces the cravings for drugs and alcohol in most people. It can also block the effects of some drugs. Program participants have reported minimal to no physical discomfort during the procedure. The procedure requires only local anesthetic and typically takes less than 20-30 minutes to perform.
More importantly, within hours of receiving the naltrexone implant, participants have reported feeling complete freedom from drug and alcohol cravings. Many have reported returning to work the same day.
Depending on the treating physician, participants may typically return weekly for 5-6 weeks for follow-up well checks/incision inspection. Some consumers may require longer term medical care depending on individual situations.
Next, BioCorRx® developed a multi-session counselling program identifying 35 key areas essential to early treatment in Substance Use Disorders. Delivered through comprehensive modules, these 35 key concepts include specific instructions which address often unidentified key components essential to behavioral change in Substance Use Disorders. Written by addiction experts with decades of combined experience, the program is specifically for use with those being treating with sustained released naltrexone. Credentialed addiction counselors meet certain criteria before they are trained and certified in the BioCorRx® Counseling Program. Participants generally complete the counselling modules within 90 days of receiving the implant.
Additionally, BioCorRx® has expanded the support structure to include 12 months of a peer-support system utilizing trained recovery specialists usually matched to the consumer based on age, gender, etc. Typically, soon after the counseling modules begin, the patient is ready to enter the Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) portion of the program. This support segment, when implemented, includes very convenient weekly or bi-monthly interaction via telephone for over 12 months. In most cases, there is a period of overlap with counseling and RSS care occurring simultaneously.
This combined approach results in a comprehensive recovery program designed to pro-actively support the recovering individual’s journey for around 13 months (assuming completion of aftercare program).
How is the BioCorRx® Recovery Program different?
- Unlike most traditional recovery programs which invest the first 30-90 treatment days in assisting a patient to deal with the physical cravings of addiction, BioCorRx® Program participants are typically absent the physical cravings on day one, and thus can focus clearly without distraction on the information, concepts, change, and education presented in the counseling program to learn and implement unrealized coping strategies and healthy behaviors.
- The implant used in the BioCorRx® Program tends to last longer than others available in the U.S. as evidenced by clinical outcomes (time lengths vary depending on the individual).
- Other naltrexone implant providers tend to simply perform the procedure and do not include a structured naltrexone early-recovery focused counseling program. Those that do include programs, tend to offer life coaching only referring patients to outside centers with no continuity of care or follow-up.
- No other recovery program of which we are aware provide MAT counseling modules specific to the naltrexone therapy with 12 months of peer support and tracking post-implant procedure.
What to expect after deciding to be a program participant:
- Screening for medical clearance with one of our licensed physicians (30-45 minutes)
- Receive a medical Detox protocol if necessary (typically outpatient)
- Receive one pre-implant counseling session
- Receive Naltrexone pellet implant (a 15-20 minute procedure)
- Receive 16-20 One on One counseling sessions within the next 90 days or less
- Peer Support and Coaching sessions begin immediately and extend to 12 months
“Block drugs and alcohol medically, temporarily
while you learn to recover naturally, permanently.”
1. Free Consultation
Straightforward. We meet in person and size each other up. Honesty is of the utmost importance here as it’s your life we are dealing with. Everything you share is 100% confidential. We will discuss some personal history, usage, previous recovery attempts, et al. Not everyone is a right match for igotsober, but we will do our best to ensure you get the honest evaluation from us that you deserve. Additional items of business include: Full explanation of the entire process, screening for medical clearance, dual diagnosis scenarios, detox requirements, scheduling of physical, blood work, EKG, etc. We’ll wrap up with any questions of any nature you may have to ensure you are fully informed on what could easily be the most important decision you’ve ever made. Included in the Program is one preliminary counseling session prior to the Naltrexone procedure.
2. Detox Assistance
One of the benefits of a detox program is that your personal treatment plan can be customized to suit your specific situation. Every patient has different needs. For example, a drug detox program may be based on the amount and types of drugs you are currently using. This is an important point because opiate detoxification can be quite different from alcohol detoxification. Your personalized detox program may also be designed to include other factors such as relevant medical or psychological conditions.
A variety of other factors can be involved in designing an individualized detox program, including your own motivation in terms of completing the program successfully. The first goal of a detox facility is to help you gently expel any toxins from your body. This will make it possible for you to move ahead into therapy…it is absolutely essential that you have a clean system to begin the journey toward sober living and addiction recovery. Keep in mind that the sooner you choose a detox facility, the better your opportunity to achieve long-term recovery will be. Whether you need a facility that caters towards opiate detoxification or some other type of substance detox, this is the first step.
3. BioCorRx® Pellet Implant
The foundation of the program: A Non-Addictive Medication Implant
The BioCorRx® Recovery Program has pioneered a highly effective, non-addictive, implant formulated with the FDA-approved
medication Naltrexone. These specifically formulated, completely biodegradable pellets are typically inserted just beneath the skin in the lower abdominal area.
A slow, steady release of medication
The implant allows for naltrexone to release itself into the bloodstream in a sustained dosing pattern over time and lasts, depending on individual metabolism rates, for several months.
This allows the patient to reset their behavioral patterns and address behavioral issues without a constant clamoring from their body to use opioids or alcohol, thus dramatically increasing the overall likelihood of success.
A Quick and Simple Procedure
Most patients report little to no physical discomfort during the implant implementation procedure. The procedure is very quick, requiring only a local anesthetic to numb the area. It typically requires less than 30 minutes to perform the minimally invasive procedure.
Implanting Powerful Results
Even though the procedure itself takes only a few minutes, it can be truly life changing for the patient. Many patients report feeling completely free of cravings within hours, some for very first time in years or even decades.
Back to Life on the Same Day
Many patients return to work or school the very next day after their implant procedure. Patients will then typically require 5 to 6 weeks of follow-up wellness checks or incision inspections/suture removal. Some patients, however, may require longer-term medical care as each case is different.
The backbone of the program. BioCorRx® developed a 16-session counseling program identifying 35 key areas essential to early treatment in Substance Use Disorders. Delivered through comprehensive modules, these 35 key concepts include specific instructions which address often unidentified key components essential to behavioral change in Substance Use Disorders. Written by highly credentialed addiction experts with decades of combined experience, the program is specifically for use with those being treating with sustained released naltrexone. Credentialed addiction counselors meet certain criteria before they are trained and certified in the BioCorRx® Counseling Program. Participants generally complete their 16 counseling sessions within 90-180 days of receiving the implant.
A very elemental introduction to the specialized Naltrexone-based therapy and counseling matrix:
5. BioCorRx® Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Additionally, BioCorRx® has expanded the support structure to include an additional 12 months of a peer-support system utilizing trained recovery specialists, bringing the total program care to 12 months and usually matched to the consumer based on age, gender, etc. Typically, soon after the counseling modules begin, the patient is ready to enter the Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) portion of the program. This support segment, when implemented, includes very convenient weekly or bi-monthly interaction via telephone for up to 12 months. In most cases, there is a period of overlap with counseling and RSS care occurring simultaneously. This combined approach results in a comprehensive recovery program designed to pro-actively support the recovering individual’s journey for around 12 months (assuming completion of aftercare program).
Certified Peer Recovery Support (PRSS)
Peer Recovery Support Specialists are non-clinical peer-driven services by expert, certified Recovery Specialists assisting individuals and families in their recovery from alcohol or drug problems. Services are flexible and may be provided prior to, during, and after treatment. Peer Recovery Support Specialists are individuals who are in recovery from substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders. Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support in such way that others can benefit from their experiences. Recovery support is provided by peer-specialists who are familiar with their community. Services include:
- Peer-to-peer services, mentoring, and coaching
- Self-help and support groups (PRO-ACT supports all pathways to recovery)
- Employment services and job training
- Relapse prevention
- Housing assistance and services
- Recovery support activities
- Family education
- Life skills
- Spiritual and faith-based support
A jazzy introduction to the RSS concept:
6. 24/7 Recovery Coaching
Anxiety and stress, even panic especially in early recovery, can be crippling and manifest in a variety of ways. You may very well find yourself in mentally uncharted waters and at a total loss of what to do, a frightening prospect to say the least. Know that we will have coaches available for you 24/7 who understand where you’re at and what you’re going through, and will be an incredibly calming agent when you need to just talk, overcome the compulsive urges or make sense of your thoughts when the bizarre situations arise. Coaching sessions are on an as needed basis in addition to those that are structured.
7. Peer Group Network
The process of recovery is supported through relationships and social networks. This often involves family members who become the champions of their loved one’s recovery. They provide essential support to their family member’s journey of recovery and similarly experience the moments of positive healing as well as the difficult challenges. Families of people in recovery may experience adversities in their social, occupational, and financial lives, as well as in their overall quality of family life. These experiences can lead to increased family stress, guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, loss, grief, and isolation. The concept of resilience in recovery is also vital for family members who need access to intentional supports that promote their health and well-being. The support of peers and friends is also crucial in engaging and supporting individuals in recovery.
The Recovery Community is a resource for education, information, support and socialization for those in recovery and their family and friends. It is meant to authenticate that recovery from the disease of addiction is possible. Recovery Community Centers are the hubs for many forms of help. Peer Driven and Peer Delivered Support Services are fueled by the energy of volunteers who seek to share their experience and knowledge with others. The support offered is not meant to replace treatment or 12 Step support…and on that note, we highly encourage joining and will assist you in locating the right Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous home group.
The 12-Step philosophy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. The basic premise of this model is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substances of abuse, but that healing cannot come about unless people with addictions surrender to a higher power. The 12-Step movement can be a force for good for many people, but some struggle with the religious basis of the program. Most addiction treatment programs offer alternatives to 12-Step methodology for those who are opposed to the idea of a higher power.
One alternative among many to traditional 12-Step peer support groups, is SMART. SMART Recovery programs offer in-person meetings, online meetings, and an online chat room and message board for 24-hour support for all types of addictions. While AA and other 12-Step programs rely on turning control over to a higher power or spiritual being, SMART Recovery programs instead rely on self-empowerment and the enhancement of self-reliance. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program provides methods and tools on four points, dealing with increasing motivation; controlling urges; managing thoughts, behaviors, and emotions; and living a life that is balanced.
For much more detail on our site click: Peer Support.
8. Relapse Prevention
Relapse is something that happens before you ever pick up a drink or drug. We often say that relapse is a process, not an event. This means that there are cues to alert you to a relapse before it happens. If you pay attention to these cues, you can stop a relapse before it happens. You can keep a section of your relapse prevention plan to look at whether there are emotional, mental or physical signs that indicate you may be heading for a relapse.
Since it can be difficult for an addict to notice relapse signs as they occur, you may want to periodically ask the people closest to you if they see any signs of relapse in your behavior. This is why people in recovery often like to have other recovering addicts help them with their recovery. Often a fellow addict can see the signs before someone else can. Following is a skeleton of the Relapse Prevention Guide we will create together in great detail:
- Questions to Ask Yourself
- Managing Intrusive and Unwanted Thoughts
- Emotional Cues
- Mental Cues
- Physical Cues
- Managing Cravings
- Managing Relationship
- Useful Mental Tools
- Recovery Program if in AA
- Life Improvement
- Game Plan for Living
- Writing out the consequences of relapse.
- Making a Gratitude List
Author and addiction guru Dr. Steven Melemis explains:
After successful treatment for substance abuse, addicts are faced with new challenges when reintroduced to the world as sober individuals. All addicts face temptations in recovery, and some may feel lost in the quest for sobriety. Drug, as well as alcohol, relapse prevention is crucial in maintaining a sober lifestyle. There are many roads you can take to prevent relapse in recovery. Getting sober is the hardest part of recovery for most, but staying sober is made easier by taking certain measures.
9. Family Integration
The effects of addiction aren’t limited to the addicted person, and the causes of substance abuse can be varied and complex – family issues can contribute to and perpetuate the illness of addiction. In fact, addiction is sometimes referred to as a “family disease.” Successful treatment, therefore, often incorporates the family of the person struggling with addiction.
Family therapy refers to a group of treatment styles that target the group rather than the individual within the group. All of the styles are based on the notion that families share a connection, and by modifying one component of the system, you can affect the other components. This means the health of a family can play a major role in the success of recovery.
Historically, someone in recovery for addiction would receive treatment independently, often removed from their home, community, and family, but there has been a recent shift towards a more integrated approach to treatment that not only focuses on the individual but their family environment as well. Family therapy is an example of this kind of treatment. This approach has been shown to provide high benefits with low costs, and organizations including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend family therapy be incorporated into any substance abuse treatment program.
Many family members of people struggling with addiction feel they don’t need therapy because the addict is the one with the easily identifiable problem.
An important consideration is that family therapy can be completed in combination with other treatments like:
- Individual therapy.
- Group therapy.
- Medication management.
- Residential rehabilitation programs.
There does not have to be a choice between family therapy or others.
It’s also important to understand that therapy can provide support for family members but also boost their loved one’s health and chances of recovery as well. Since there is no set definition for “family,” family therapy might be appropriate even if you are not technically family. Significant others, friends, and coworkers may choose to attend this form of treatment.
Benefits of Family Therapy:
Studies show that treatment approaches that involve the family have better engagement, higher rates of success, and increased aftercare participation.
You can expect many positives to result from the treatment. Benefits of family therapy include:
- Assisting the substance user to gain awareness of their needs and behaviors.
- Improving the mental and physical state of the entire family unit.
- Permitting family members to gain self-care interventions to improve their own well-being.
- Improving communication styles and relationship quality.
- Helping families understand and avoid enabling behaviors.
- Address codependent behavior that may be preventing recovery.
- Learning and understanding the systems in place that support and deter substance use.
- Preventing the substance use from spreading throughout the family or down through future generations.
Family therapy will aim to accomplish the above by emphasizing the strengths of the complete family and diminishing the influence of substance use for all members.
“My biggest fear in trying to get sober was thinking I’d never have fun again, that I would just never even laugh again. I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
Why this may be a program for you:
- Give your family peace while you get help
- Powerful results when combined with AA/NA
- Neutralizes your cravings for maybe 6 months or more, when nearly all setbacks occur
- Can be part of the 85% who have success by completing the entire program
- Immediately integrate your therapy real-time in real-life while you are actively in treatment
- Have the opportunity to continue working your job
- Work with people who have been where you are and have recovered.
- Receive 12 months of counseling, individualized support & 24/7 care
- Overcome the major barrier to effective therapy: the uncontrollable urges to use
- 1/2 the cost of a standard inpatient program
What you can do to make this work:
- Check your ego at the door
- Do what those who have recovered suggest
- Scrap your idea of what recovery ‘should be like’
- Put your recovery FIRST in your life
- Get brutally honest with yourself, no more bullshit
- Surround yourself with those who support you 100%
- You reach out at the first sign of wobbling
- Be COMPLETELY SELFISH about your program
- Go to ANY LENGTHS for your recovery