Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication Assisted treatment (MAT) helps manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings in people who have been addicted to opioids. MAT combines the use of medications and behavioral therapy to treat people who are struggling with substance abuse. In particular, the use of certain types of medications has become an effective treatment of opioid addiction (e.g., heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, etc.).
Medication Assisted Treatment is one of the available modalities for treating opioid and other addictions at Clear Day Treatment Center. MAT is generally an assistive therapy, and is used in conjunction with the various behavioral approaches we specialize in at Clear Day Treatment Center.
MAT is utilized at Clear Day Treatment because it has proven to be more effective with some opiate addicts than more traditional forms of treatment. MAT is a type of addiction treatment that entails medically supervised detoxification combined with medication and therapy. MAT allows a person to stop using their drug of choice in a comfortable manor. The MAT detox allows the patient to discontinue their opiate use and replace it with a less harmful substitute. Medications can either be used to taper down in increments or used as a maintenance drug. The MAT process helps to prevent physical and psychological withdrawal and allows the patient to gradually gain control back over their life.
MAT is also used with our alcoholic patients. The doctor will prescribe Vivitrol, Campral, and, with suitable patients, Antabuse. These medications help prevent cravings without producing a euphoric high. The theory behind MAT is to gradually bring a person to complete recovery with the support of treatment staff and doctors.
These are the MAT weapons Clear Day Treatment employs in the battle against addiction:
Vivitrol is a medication that blocks the effects of opiate drugs such as heroin and opiate pain medication. Vivitrol can be administered 7 to 14 days after your last opiate use. The use of Vivitrol requires a once a month injection. At Clear Day, Vivitrol is typically administered in the later phase of treatment. Subsequent injections will be administered through the patient’s aftercare provider. If you do not have an aftercare provider, your counselor will help you find a facility in your area.
At Clear Day Treatment, we utilize Subutex as a method in our detox program. Subutex is used in the treatment of opiate addiction. Our Medical Director has developed a Subutex protocol that enables the patient to withdrawal from their opiate addiction with ease and comfort.
At Clear Day Treatment, we use Suboxone as an opioid replacement therapy. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that blocks the opiate receptors and reduces a person’s urge to us opiates. The second ingredient, naloxone, helps reverse the effects of opioids. Together, these drugs work to prevent withdrawal symptoms associated with an opioid addiction.
Sublocade is used in our treatment program to treat moderate to severe opiate disorder. Sublocade helps prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms for the opiate addict. To qualify to use Sublocade, you must first use a form of buprenorphine that will control your withdrawal symptoms. Sublocade is a once a month injection and acts as a replacement for opiate addiction. Subsequent injections of Sublocade will be administered through the patient’s aftercare provider. If you do not have an aftercare provider, your counselor will help you find a facility in your area
In our program, methadone is another replacement tool utilized to reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, irritability, anxiety, and insomnia. Methadone also blocks the effects of opioids. Methadone is prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes participation in counseling services. Our Medical Director has developed a methadone protocol that enables the patient to withdrawal from their opiate addiction with ease and comfort.
Clear Day Treatment can help you detox from methadone. Methadone is highly addictive and can cause physical dependence that will produce symptoms of withdrawal when ceased. Our Medical Director has developed a methadone protocol that enables the patient to withdrawal from their opiate addiction with ease and comfort.
A methadone detox may seem like an insurmountable undertaking; however, to ensure an individual’s safety and comfort, a medically-supervised detox is required. A proper medical detox from methadone will help to assure a sustained recovery. The Clear Day Treatment staff is here for the individual by offering recovery to the whole person: mind, body, and soul.
Campral is used to restore the chemical balance of an alcoholic-dependent brain. Studies have shown that Campral is much more effective at maintaining abstinence than reducing alcohol intake. Treatment with Campral should be part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support.
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, contact us today to explore your options.
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