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Opiate Addiction

What is an Opiate?

Opiates, also known as narcotics, are powerful drugs derived from the poppy plant used frequently to relieve pain. They include:

Natural Opiates

Synthetic Opiates "Opioids”


Oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol


Heroin, OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Darvon


Percodan, Dilaudid, Methadone, Suboxone

Researchers report that physical addiction occurs after repeated use of an opiate alters the reward pathways in the brain. It is a real illness that causes physical damage to the brain, much like hypertension or diabetes damages the body. As a result, it is classified as a chronic disease and requires comprehensive medical treatment to address, not just willpower.

Opiate addiction is a brain disease that affects the lives of an estimated 4 million people creating compulsive, addictive behavior that destroys lives, careers, finances, health and families. Sadly, the guilt and stigma of this condition prevents many patients and family members from seeking medical treatment before it’s too late.

Our program is designed to educate you and your family members about this disease and to help you set your guilt, frustration and desperation aside, so you can embrace treatment. Our program offers medication assistance combined with counseling and support, offering you the highest possible chance of recovery. In fact, over 80% of our patients remain free of their previous addiction for more than 6 months – a truly remarkable achievement!



Who does Opiate Addiction affect?

There are many paths to addiction, ranging from individuals seeking relief from chronic pain, recovering from major surgery, to recreational drug users – all of whom gradually fell into reliance on an opiate. This diverse group of people encompasses all demographic and economic classes. Our patients include:

  • Students
  • Sales People
  • Contractors
  • Stay-at-home Moms
  • Engineers
  • Truck drivers
  • Family Members

We approach each patient, not as an addict, but as an individual with a complex medical condition in need of respect, compassion, support and guidance.

What is the solution?

Our program provides:

  • Medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone 
  • Counseling & support
  • Medically supervised taper and withdrawal
  • Post Suboxone support with Naltrexone

We get amazing results!


Words from our patients

  • “I was immediately treated with dignity and respect by the staff & Dr. Brown. For the first time I felt like there was truly a place that cared about my situation”

    John S.
  • “Suboxone has changed my life, it has brought me hope and stability to what was once chaos and uncertainty.”

    Andrew Freeman
  • “Dr. Brown and his staff are so caring and compassionate… I feel like “Janet”, not just another patient...This program has SAVED MY LIFE!”

    Janet S.
  • "I feel confident that I will never become dependent on opiates again. The program assisted me with getting on track for good, I believe."

    Martha N.
  • "I have been clean and sober since April 2014. That is a great accomplishment of mine... I live every day to the fullest thanks to the Addiction Recovery center."

    Kindra B.
  • "I prayed and didn’t give up and made one more call and found The Addiction Recovery Center. When I received a call back that same day, I was so happy talking to Gloria."

    Tina G.
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Douglas Brown, MD, FAAFP
5000 New Point Road.
Williamsburg, VA 23188