Medication Assisted Therapies
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medicine, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy, to approach substance abuse treatment. A common misconception with this program is that you replace one drug for another, which is entirely false. Instead, the approved medications relieve withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings causing a chemical imbalance in the body. Furthermore, research shows that when given at the proper dose, MAT medications have no negative side effects on a person’s mental capability, physical functioning or employability. Silver Linings Recovery Center’s MAP program uses safe and controlled levels of medication to overcome the use of opioids, alcohol and other substances.
MAT for Opioid Treatment
The medications used in the MAT program for opioid addiction treatment can only be dispensed through SAMHSA-certified Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP). The most common medicines used to treat short-acting opioid dependency, such as heroine, morphine and codeine are methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. These medications are classified as controlled substances due to their potential for misuse. Intake during treatment is strictly monitored with professional therapy on how to safely use prescriptions provided. These medicines can also be used for semi-synthetic opioids including oxycodone and hydrocodone. Patients can safely take MAT-approved medicine for months, up to several years, or even a lifetime if needed. If clients wish to stop a medication, plans must be discussed with a doctor.
MAT for Alcohol Addiction
Alcoholism is particularly difficult to treat, because it affects numerous parts of the brain. Relapse is quite common, because the cravings are extremely intense and it is a legal, socially accepted drug. At Silver Linings Recovery Center our therapists offer a number of coping mechanisms to steer clear of the numerous triggers from the outside world, but some patients require additional help. None of the MAT-approved medications in any way treat alcohol use disorder. However, along with therapy, medications have proven effective with many patients never experiencing a relapse.
Medication Assisted Treatment, in combination with counselors and behavioral therapies, has proven to be effective in the treatment of opioid use, alcoholism and other substances. Furthermore, MAT can help sustain long-term recovery in many patients. Most must be done to facilitate treatment options and the development of therapies to address OUD (opioid use disorders) as a chronic disease with long-lasting effects. For more information in Silver Linings Recovery Center’s MAT program, please call 844-546-4644 to speak with one of our highly qualified and skilled intake personal or clinical staff members.