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Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an approach for treating addiction that combines behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications.

MAT by the Numbers

61%

remained abstinent 3.5 years after using Medication Assisted Treatment*

More Than 72,000 People

in the United States died from drug overdoses in 2017*

Only 18.5%

of people who needed addiction treatment sought the help they need*

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The Medications

In the past there were few medication treatment options to assist those who were on their road to recovery from addiction. Now there are a variety of medications that have been found to be most effective in treating alcohol, opiate and other drug dependencies. The application of medication assisted treatment is closely monitored by our board-certified physicians, nurses and medical staff. The medications used include (but are not limited to):

Suboxone and Sublocade (Buprenorphine extended release) can be used by clients to effectively aid those who are seeking liberation from opiates. The withdrawal from prescription opioids and heroin can be a huge obstacle to overcome for some. Fortunately, Suboxone is commonly used to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal, like cravings that can potentially lead to relapse. Clients are prescribed Suboxone as a short-term treatment intervention, once they are successfully through early recovery they are tapered off of the medication. There are some cases where clients may require long-term Suboxone use but this is determined alongside a highly skilled and board-certified medical team.

Vivitrol (Naltrexone) is used to effectively decrease alcohol and opiate cravings. The medication works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain, preventing the euphoric and sedative effects of abused substances like heroin, morphine, codeine, and alcohol.

References:

(2016). Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.pdf

Overdose Death Rates. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

Sarlin, E. (2015). Long-Term Follow-Up of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction to Pain Relievers Yields “Cause for Optimism”. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2015/11/long-term-follow-up-medication-assisted-treatment-addiction-to-pain-relievers-yields-cause-optimism