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Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction

What Is MAT?

According to SAMHSA, the definition of MAT is Medication-assisted therapy (MAT), this is in relation to opioid (heroin) addiction treatment programs. It combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. There are a few main prescribed medication used in MAT therapy, but their goals are all the same: help the individual not experience the cravings associated with opioids and opiate drug abuse.

The relapse rate for clients after successfully completing a drug rehab are close to 80% for those who struggle with an opioid use disorder, so it is important for addiction treatment centers to take other methodologies into consideration while treating clients for addiction. The overdose rate is so high, trying new therapies for clients who are continuously relapsing is crucial. MAT Treatment is the most successful intervention for opioid use disorder according to drug abuse statistics.

Daylight Detox and Recovery takes pride in providing our clients with the option to receive MAT Therapy for addiction treatment if this option goes along with their individualized treatment program.

Common Prescription Medications Used with MAT

MAT programming has been around for years, it is not as common as a therapy used throughout the drug rehab industry as you would assume considering the success rates. With America currently experiencing an opioid crisis, treatment centers and drug rehabs are scrambling to find treatment that reduces relapse rates. Daylight Detox and Recovery sees first hand how MAT programs can help the battle against addiction. Out of all relapse rates, MAT has been proven to reduce relapse rates by 50%-62%. When it all boils down, MAT is saving lives.

The leading medications known in MAT Treatment are Naloxone (also known as Narcan), Vivitrol, Methadone, Buprenorphine (which is one of the two ingredients in Suboxone and Subutex, also known as subs), and there are many more.

Naloxone: Is usually sold under the brand name Narcan and is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose cases

Vivitrol: A monthly injection used to curb the opioid receptors in the brain, used often in opioid treatment programs and alcohol addiction rehab.

Methadone: Is another opioid medication used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high”.

Buprenorphine: is an opiate-based medication used to treat heroin and other opioid– based addictions in the setting of medical supervision. The pharmacological and safety profile of this medication makes it attractive for treatment for clients who may be addicted to heroin or opiates.

Subs: The shortened name for Subutex or Suboxone. These are the brand names associated with Buprenorphine. These are opioid based meds with buprenorphine as the predominant ingredient.

Vivitrol is a different type of prescription medication when it comes to administration and concept. Vivitrol is a monthly administered prescription injection that works in the brain to block not only the effects of opioids, but also alcohol. An individual who has received the Vivitrol injection cannot experience the euphoric feeling associated with getting high on heroin and prescription opioids or experience the effects of drinking.

Methadone and Subs are similar in the aspect that they are administered daily in long-term MAT therapy. Both are narcotics that are used to treat opioid dependency with the option to eventually taper off the substance in order to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal experiences. Long-term MAT with the use of these medications goes with the goal of sustained sobriety because these medications are blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and the doses given are so low there is no euphoric effect from the medication.

These methods are life saving because drug users can turn to a regulated medication instead of an unknown substance if the only effect they’re seeking is to stop the withdrawal symptoms.

Therapies Used with Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Just as there are a variety of medications that go along with MAT Treatment, the same idea is behind the therapeutic side of this treatment type. MAT stands for Medication Assisted Therapy, so the idea behind any type of long term maintenance program is to have it correlate directly with the therapy that is being received.

Some of the most common therapeutic programming we offer at Daylight Detox and Recovery Center for addiction treatment are cognitive behavioral health (CBH), co-occurring disorder treatment, EMDR Trauma, couples therapy, family systems, pet therapy, art therapy, rec therapy, these therapies are in group and individual settings.

MAT at Daylight Detox and Recovery

Medical Assisted Treatment Therapy for addiction treatment at Stepping Sober Recovery Center has two parts. The first part being the administered medication, and the second being the therapy that goes with the medication. At Stepping Sober Recovery Center we take pride in having top notch clinicians that can help clients heal their whole life starting with the body, and then moving over to the mind and spirit. Having a therapeutically managed MAT program ensures that recovery is the main goal and that these medications are not being abused.

Even though Methadone was previously mentioned as a MAT medication, we do not use Methadone, but instead prefer Sub Maintenance and Vivitrol as our methods of MAT. We do not administer Methadone to any of our clients, but feel because it is such a widely used treatment we recognize that it should be in the discussion.

How MAT Programming at Daylight Detox and Recovery Can Help

Here at Daylight Detox and Recovery we approach each individual’s situation with a non-judgemental attitude when it comes to addiction treatment. We know that relapse happens and we understand everyone has their unique situations and personalities and this is why customized care programs are so important in order to sustain a prolonged recovery.

We see MAT programming extremely successful in cases where clients have been in and out of drug rehabs various times in the past or recent years. By blocking the cravings and receiving therapeutic care at the same time, MAT programs have high success rates and low relapse rates. When it comes down to saving lives to overdoses, we are ready to use any therapy that can aid in overdose prevention.

Daylight Detox and Recovery Center’s Medication Assisted Therapy for addiction treatment is provided on a case by case basis for those who have been approved through our medical screening. We have our medical team take each client’s situation into close consideration before making their recommendation on MAT programming.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our levels of care for MAT programming, give us a call anytime: (800) 518-5205.