We've put together a comprehensive resource on medication-assisted treatment for drug and alcohol recovery. Keep reading to learn more about what medication-assisted treatment is and why it's important.
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is the use of medications in conjunction with therapy and counseling sessions to help drug and alcohol abusers overcome addiction. It's a highly effective treatment method that can help people struggling to be sober retake control of their lives.
At our clinic, we offer medication-assisted treatment that supports users on their journey to recovery and ensures that they're able to stop using drugs and alcohol in their daily lives. We've created unique and individualized treatment plans that help users get clean and stay clean.
If you or a loved one is ready to start on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, our team can help. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how our treatment plans can support you in putting addiction behind you once and for all.
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What Medications Are Used in Medication-Assisted Treatment Sessions?
Several different medications are used in medication-assisted treatment sessions. These vary depending on whether you're overcoming opioid addiction or alcohol use.
Some of the most common medications administered for alcoholism include disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone. These medications are prescribed in conjunction with therapy sessions and counseling to help support alcohol users in overcoming their addiction.
When people are struggling with opioid dependence, they're often prescribed naltrexone, methadone, or buprenorphine. These medications help opioid abusers stop using codeine, morphine, heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Patients may be prescribed these medications for a few months, years, or even for the rest of their life.
Opioid Overdose Prevention
To prevent opioid overdose, many people rely on naloxone to counteract and reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This is a medication that can be life-changing for users recovering from opioid dependence.
How Do MAT Programs Work?
MAT programs work by combining regular doses of medications with therapy sessions. The result is that the brain is tricked into thinking that it's receiving the drug it's addicted to, but in reality, it is being safely weaned off the drug. These medications also help prevent the negative effects of withdrawal.
Medication-assisted treatment programs are extremely effective in increasing patient survival and retention rates and improving birth outcomes in pregnant women who are struggling with alcohol or opioid dependence. What's more, these programs make it easier for patients to find and maintain a job as well as to put criminal activity behind them.
Start Your Journey to Recovery from Addiction
Are you ready to start using the resources available through medication-assisted treatment to put addiction behind you once and for all? Get in touch with our team, and we'll help you schedule an appointment today.