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I've only used opioids for a month, do I need treatment?

If you’ve only used opioids for one month, you likely do not meet criteria for opioid use disorder—in which case, buprenorphine is not an appropriate treatment. We encourage you to establish care with a primary care provider, as well as utilize SAMHSA’s National Helpline to inquire about addiction treatment programs (geographically) near you that offer naltrexone (commonly known as Vivitrol) and overdose prevention services. 

It’s also critical that you & your loved ones have naloxone (Narcan) nearby at all times. The Bicycle Health team is happy to help you locate the services you need, and we can also help with initial prescriptions for naloxone (Narcan) and comfort medications for withdrawal.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Dr. Rollston is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US, LLC. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, addiction medicine, sexual & reproductive health, homelessness & supportive housing, and rural health.

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