Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for our patients struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.
MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for these individuals. MAT provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy at Road to Recovery Wellness Center. MAT also includes support services that address our patient’s needs.
The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed independent drug-free life. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. The medications we use are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while Road To Recovery Wellness Center is tailored to meet each patient’s needs.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can play a crucial role in helping individuals overcome their struggles with addiction. Road to Recovery Wellness Center incorporates the use of MAT under the supervision of trained professionals to help individuals who are suffering from addictions start the path to recovery.
Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment
Overcoming an addiction may be one of the most challenging endeavors an individual can experience. Without professional help, an individual is likely to remain trapped in the vicious cycle of substance abuse, unable to break free from this potentially deadly situation. However, our treatment professionals at Road to Recovery Wellness Center can help individuals overcome their substance use disorders and live more fulfilling lives.
MAT is available to adults age 18 and older and is designed specifically to treat opioid addiction. MAT typically involves both medication and therapy to treat an individual?s opioid use disorder. Some of the medications we prescribe are: Subutex, Suboxone, or Vivitrol.
Buprenorphine reduces opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms and can blunt the effects of other opioids.
Based on medical necessity, patients may be prescribed one of the medications listed below. The following buprenorphine products are FDA approved for the treatment of OUD:
- Generic Buprenorphine/naloxone sublingual tablets
- Buprenorphine sublingual tablets (Subutex)
- Buprenorphine/naloxone sublingual films (Suboxone)
- Buprenorphine/naloxone) sublingual tablets (Zubsolv)
- Buprenorphine extended-release injection (Sublocade)
Medications for Alcohol use Disorders
Disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone are the most common drugs used to treat alcohol use disorder. They are most effective in our MAT patients. The FDA has approved of the following drugs:
Disulfiram is a medication that treats chronic alcoholism. It is most effective in people who have already gone through detoxification or are in the initial stage of abstinence.
Acamprosate is a medication for people in recovery who have already stopped drinking alcohol and want to avoid drinking. It works to prevent people from drinking alcohol, but it does not prevent withdrawal symptoms after people drink alcohol.
When used as a treatment for alcohol dependency, naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment, avoid relapses, and take medications.
Are you or your loved one suffering from the negative consequences of alcohol and/or drug addiction?
Call our office and our caring and professional staff will help you get started on your Road To Recovery. We provide both treatment and housing services and help individuals and families take the first step toward recovery.