1729 Wildwood Dr., Virginia Beach

Clinic Hours:

9am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), Closed (Sat & Sun)

Clinic Number:

(757) 938-3654

Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) is a premier outpatient addiction clinics located in Virginia. Read about our Opioids addiction treatment services.

What are Opioids (Opiates)?

Opioids, sometimes called narcotics, are medications prescribed by doctors to treat persistent or severe pain. They are used by people with chronic headaches and backaches, by patients recovering from surgery or experiencing severe pain associated with cancer, and by adults and children who have gotten hurt playing sports or been seriously injured in falls, auto accidents, or other incidents. Opioids are compounds that resemble opium in addictive properties and physiological effects. Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors in the brain to produce morphine-like effects.


Opioids attach to proteins called opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, gut, and other parts of the body. When that happens, the opioids block pain messages sent from the body through the spinal cord to the brain. While they can effectively relieve pain, opioids carry some risks and can be highly addictive. The risk of addiction is especially high when opioids are used to manage chronic pain over a long period of time.


The term Opiate refers to natural opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine.  The term Opioids refers to all natural, semisynthetic, and synthetic opioids.

Common Symptoms of Opioid Abuse

  • Dilated Pupils and rapid eye movement: Inability to keep their eyes focused on a single object or point in space
  • Weight loss and decreased appetite: poor eating habits involving high-sugar, high-carbohydrate diets. People who abuse Opioid may not feel hungry as much as they should and may be unable to eat.
  • Poor hygiene and a general lack of concern for one’s appearance: Clothes may appear filthy and wrinkled, and the user may bathe less regularly. Continued use of Opioids quickly takes precedence over all parts of the individual’s life, to the point where they are physically unable of adhering to social conventions regarding hygiene.
  • Psychological abnormalities: Mood swings and loss of emotional control; users will experience extreme highs followed by extreme lows. As the Opioids user’s life spirals out of control, maintaining a healthy emotional balance becomes impossible.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Common withdrawal symptoms from Opioids within the initial 12 hours:


  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive sweating


Common withdrawal symptoms from Opioids within the initial 12 – 96 hours:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Blurry vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rapid heartbeat

Opioid treatment Program

Our physicians and medical practitioners at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) use medications such as buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), naltrexone (Vivitrol), and other medications to control and reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings in people with Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs), in combination with individual and group counseling, care coordination, behavioral therapies, and twelve-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA).


Treatment for any of these substance use disorders is offered in person with our qualified buprenorphine-waivered doctors and medical practitioners, as well as by appointments via telemedicine.


We make every effort to schedule same-day appointments for our clients suffering from an SUD. Our doctors and counselors have received further training in the treatment of Opioid addiction and other substance use disorders.

Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

When mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms from Opioids occur, medically assisted treatment with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms that induce illness and uncomfortable feelings, as well as to diminish cravings.


The injectable brand name version of naltrexone, Vivitrol/Naltrexone, can be administered to assist people to maintain abstinence while recovering from Opioid addiction. Other naltrexone formulations are available as oral tablets, but Vivitrol is given as an intramuscular injection once every 28 days.


Our doctors that specialize in buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) can assist in managing discomfort by prescribing some of the following medications:


  • Loperamide (Imodium) to help with diarrhea
  • Clonidine to help decrease anxiety, impatience, and racing thoughts
  • Ondansetron (Zofran) to help with nausea and vomiting
  • Hydroxyzine (Atarax) helps relieve anxiety and insomnia
  • Tizanidine (Zanaflex) relieves muscle spasms
  • Trazadone improves mood and appetite while combating sleeplessness
  • Buspirone reduces anxiety, pounding heartbeat, and reduces irritation
  • Seroquel to assist with sleeplessness and anxiety
  • Remeron aids with sleeplessness, anxiety, and mood
  • Ibuprofen 800 to relieves pain and discomfort

Counseling and Care Coordination to Assist our Clients Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder


Counseling is known to be a key component in an individual’s recovery when used in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the treatment of and recovery from opioid use disorder. Our licensed professional counselors and other members of the counseling department are trained in substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. They regularly conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Techniques used by our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder counselors include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Counseling helps clients address grief and loss, family relationships, anger management, and other underlying conditions that may be hindering recovery. Clients are also taught coping skills and given the necessary tools to identify and avoid triggers that may also be necessary for recovery.

Individual Counseling

With every effort made to make treatment as convenient as possible for those suffering from addictions of all kinds, it is feasible to see your counselor, care coordinator, and medical practitioner on the same day at the same location when seeking help at IHAT. Clients can come to individual therapy sessions in our inviting office that is a friendly, safe and secure environment. To address the physical and psychological effects of a substance use disorder, clients will have an individual treatment plan prepared in collaboration with their physicians and counseling staff. Individual counseling sessions can help each client develop coping skills, identify substance use triggers, develop a relapse prevention strategy, and treat co-occurring psychological issues that have made maintaining sobriety nearly impossible. If a client’s schedule makes personal attendance problematic, telehealth allows them to attend individual therapy sessions; nonetheless, personal presence is encouraged whenever possible.

Group Counseling

Today, many people suffer from Opioid Use Disorder. Here at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we want our clients to know they are not alone. Our trained counseling staff members organize and chair group counseling sessions throughout the week in our beautiful facilities. Group sessions allow clients the opportunity to hear from other people who are afflicted by OUD and process new ideas presented by the counselor on how to live healthier lives without the use of harmful substances. The support gained through open communication during group sessions has proved effective not only in the initial stages of recovery but throughout long-term sustained sobriety. Clients are also given the opportunity to join groups and counseling sessions by telehealth if a client’s schedule makes personal attendance difficult, but personal attendance is encouraged when possible. 

Care Coordination

At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we have substance use care coordinators who ensure that necessary services, including mental health services, are available to our clients. Our care coordinators and interdisciplinary team, which includes our medical doctors, make referrals, and connect clients to community resources to meet our clients’ social needs. That includes individual care plans our clients participate in that are developed in conjunction with our doctors, medical professionals, and counselors to meet our clients’ individual needs and track their progress in overcoming opioid use disorders.

Choosing to Stop is Difficult. Getting Help Should be Easy

We understand that our clients have a lot on their plates, whether it’s work, family, education, or legal commitments. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center offers a variety of days and times to schedule your next appointment. What if you can’t make it to the clinic for an in-person appointment? No problem. We offer telehealth appointments that clients can attend anywhere they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth is a straightforward procedure. Clients simply supply Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center with a valid email address, receive a link, and click on the link to attend the telemedicine appointment on the scheduled date and time. If the client has a camera on their phone, tablet, or computer, they will be able to view and talk with the doctor or licensed professional counselor as if they were in the same room.

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