Focus at Four: The case for medication-based addiction treatment

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Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 5:47 PM CST
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An outpatient substance abuse treatment center has opened in College Station.

Symetria Recovery Center opened recently, specializing in opioid treatment.

Addictionologists from Symetria say, there are a lot of treatment centers in the United States, but not as many that offer medication-assisted treatment.

Symetria does.

"This is evidence-based treatment," said Tim Bohman, COO of Symteria Recovery. He says the research shows that a patient-focused approach is best, with medication assisting the physical ramifications of quitting a drug your body has come to rely upon.

As for whether to send your loved one to a treatment center if they're addicted?

"Addiction is a disease, and as with any disease, professional treatment is what moves people out of a disease state and into long-term recovery," said Bohman. "While the stay-at-home model may sound appealing, there is no other disease concept out there where that is highly promoted."

For the full conversation from First News at Four, see the video player above. For Symetria's website, see the Related Links.