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Medication Assisted Treatment

Meta Medical Center

Ronnie C. Parker, D.O.

Family Medicine & Substance Abuse Treatment located in Pikeville, KY

People struggling with a substance use disorder have a variety of health treatments that can support their recovery. At Meta Medical Center in Pikeville, Kentucky, Dr. Ronnie Parker, DO, offers medication-assisted treatment for patients battling addiction, more specifically, an opioid addiction. Find out more about medication-assisted treatment at Meta Medical Center by calling or scheduling a consultation online today. Same-day appointments are available.

Medication Assisted Treatment Q & A

What is medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment combines medications with behavioral therapy to help those struggling with a substance use disorder overcome their addiction. It’s a treatment that focuses on whole-person health — body and mind — to improve chances of a full recovery.

Dr. Parker has provided comprehensive care for his patients struggling with substance abuse for more than 10 years. He offers medication-assisted treatment for an opioid addiction. 

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that affects physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Opioids are drugs that alter brain function, triggering the release of neurotransmitters that elicit feelings of euphoria.

These actions increase your brain's desire for the drug, making it hard to stop using. Medication-assisted treatment at Meta Medical Center provides the comprehensive care that those struggling with an opioid addiction need to recover.

Am I a candidate for medication-assisted treatment?

Dr. Parker conducts a comprehensive exam when you come in for a medication-assisted treatment consultation. You may be a candidate if you have an opioid addiction. 

Signs and symptoms of an opioid addiction include:

  • Inability to stop using opioids despite your strong desire to stop
  • Uncontrollable cravings for the drug
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using
  • Drowsiness
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Withdrawal from friends and family

Opioid addiction is common and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you’re struggling, Dr. Parker can help. 

With medication-assisted treatment, Dr. Parker offers judgment-free care and a flexible schedule. He also ensures you see him every time you come into the office for help.

How does medication-assisted treatment work?

Dr. Parker’s medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction includes behavioral counseling paired with Suboxone®. 

Behavioral counseling

Behavioral counseling helps you understand your addiction and how it affects your behavior. Your counselor works closely with you to help you create new behaviors to replace your unhealthy behaviors and habits. 

Behavioral counseling requires your active participation and willingness to make changes. 


Suboxone is a prescription medication for opioid addiction. It supports your recovery by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. 

Combining behavioral counseling with Suboxone improves your chances of recovery because it addresses the major factors that contribute to a relapse: habits and cravings.

Opioid addiction is a life-threatening disease. To get help, call Meta Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today. Same-day appointments are available and there’s no waitlist.