Medication assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of craving-reducing medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders.
This combination of medication and behavioral therapies is highly effective in the treatment of addiction and can assist many people in sustaining their abstinence.
Medication-assisted treatment is now regarded as one of the most competent treatments for substance use disorders. It’s been proven by researchers to be highly effective in the reduction of cravings in opioid abuse, meth addiction, and alcoholism.
At Newsong Recovery, our board-certified addiction specialists use medications to help our patients remain clean while behavior therapies address underlying issues related to substance use and mental health disorders, help to promote a positive self-image, rectify negative thoughts and feelings and behaviors, and build healthy coping skills. This therapeutic combination is remains the core of our medication-assisted treatment program.
There are multiple types of medication-assisted treatment available for people seeking recovery from opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other illicit substances. However, the types of medication assisted treatment differ depending on the individual seeking recovery.
Several different medications exist for opioid addiction, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. Buprenorphine is called partial opioid agonist, meaning it acts on the opioid receptors in the brain.
With proper physician oversight, tapering off buprenorphine can help people stay abstinent longer. Naltrexone, on the other hand, prevents the “high” from opioids and alcohol, making it less appealing.
Not surprisingly, because opioids and alcohol act on many of the same neurotransmitters and brain chemicals, many MAT methods used for opioid addiction also treat alcoholism.
Those who remain on the medication for a prolonged period of time, especially, show drastically higher rates of lasting abstinence. Not only do Medications like these help cravings and symptoms of physical withdrawal, but they also statistically reduce crime rates and the spread of infectious diseases.
Some people believe that using medication in the treatment of substance use disorders is trading one addiction for another. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, however, the use of FDA-approved drugs in combination with evidence-based therapies, can be highly useful in the treatment of addiction.
It may help people stay in treatment longer, extend periods of sobriety and pave the way for a long-lasting recovery.
Taking medication for addiction is like taking medication for any other chronic disease, such as diabetes or asthma. When people use it according to the doctor’s instructions, the medication will eradicate an addiction rather than replace it.
When people become dependent on substances, they feel sick when there are no drugs or alcohol in the body. This sickness is known as withdrawal. Along with intense cravings, withdrawal is a hallmark of addiction. The two combined can make recovery especially difficult.
At Newsong Recovery, our board-certified physicians use medications to reduce cravings and withdrawal, which can help a patient stop continually thinking about the problem substance and instead allow them to focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to tailoring medications to address cravings and withdrawal, our comprehensive treatment approach also includes counseling to address behavioral issues, support recovery, and prevent relapse.
We are committed to providing a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Newsong Recovery offers complimentary consultations with our team of board-certified physicians. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment program and our medication-assisted treatment program, call us now.