The BioCorRx® Recovery Program is a comprehensive outpatient “non-addictive” medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program for alcohol and opioid use disorders. It typically includes:
1) Sustained release naltrexone usually in implantable form*
2) Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based, solution-oriented counseling, plus 12 months of remote recovery support specialist (RSS) care **
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 (RSS) after care. This cutting-edge treatment modality is only available to consumers via select independent practitioners. BioCorRx does not sell the program to consumers.
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 on this cutting-edge concept.
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 a proprietary CBT program and peer support, specific to naltrexone treatment. The program was designed for use around naltrexone in any sustained release form like implants
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that removes the “pleasure feelings” in the brain that respond to opioids and alcohol when consumed. In the case of the pellets, once implanted just beneath the skin in the lower abdominal area, the completely biodegradable naltrexone implant slowly releases the drug into the body over time and can eliminate or significantly reduce the cravings for drugs and alcohol in most people. It can also block the effects of some drugs like opioids. Independent treatment providers have reported minimal to no physical discomfort during the procedure from their patients. 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.
Suture removal usually occurs 7 days after the procedure. Some may require longer term medical care depending on individual situations.
Next, BioCorRx® developed a multi-session CBT 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. It is available via workbook or mobile application. Credentialed addiction professionals meet certain criteria before they are trained and certified in the BioCorRx® CBT Program. Participants generally complete the modules within 90 days of receiving the implant or other forms of naltrexone.
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 CBT 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 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 CBT program to learn and implement unrealized coping strategies and healthy behaviors.
- Most naltrexone providers tend to simply administer the medication and do not include a structured naltrexone behavioral program. Independent providers that use our program offer a comprehensive approach from their setting for convenience and better continuity of care.
- No other recovery program of which we are aware provides MAT CBT modules specific to naltrexone therapy in workbook or mobile application form along with 12 months of peer support and outcome tracking in a turn-key manner.
Very General Typical Program process
- Screening for medical clearance, dual diagnosis, appropriateness (One must be detoxed prior to receiving naltrexone).
- History/physical, blood work, EKG, etc.
- Receive one pre-implant or injection counseling session. ***
- Receive medication (typically one may need to use a half of a day to go through process)
- Complete CBT modules over course of next 90 days or less. ***
- Follow up with medical practitioner as directed for suture removal/well checks/ect
- Begin RSS (peer support) usually within the first 2-4 weeks post medication start. **