In today’s drug and alcohol treatment environment there is a long standing debate about MAT. We at New Life Recovery Center realize that each client suffering from a substance abuse disorder has a unique need. While most treatment modalities practice abstinence based modalities we take a case by case approach with the individual. Of course the long term goal is to be substance free but the circumstances don’t always afford that when someone first comes into treatment. Medical and clinical necessity are our biggest influencers when assessing each client’s need.
Primarily with those addicted to opioids, MAT has been prominent for some time. Methadone was the drug of choice for long term MAT. The cons of Methadone have been a long term metabolism in the body and a long term detox process. Sometimes taking months.
In the last two decades there has been the development of two new drugs. Buprenorphrine is an opioid blocker. Known as Suboxone by label, it has shown both short and long term benefits for those suffering from opioid dependence. In lay terms as an opioid blocker, buprenorphine impersonates in the brain that opioids are present in the body . As those suffering from an opioid addiction know all to well the withdrawals from opioids is highly unpleasant. Constipation, nausea ,diarrhea, sweats, chills , muscle aches and pins and needles. The experience besides the physical craving is probably one of the biggest triggers keeping individuals addicted to opioids. If one has gone through this process before they will rationalize that maintaining their addiction is less painful then going through the withdrawal process. Buprenorphrine not only alleviates the withdrawals as mentioned above but also in recent studies has been shown to block cravings for those in early recovery. Our medical and clinical team will discuss these options with you and make a game plan for titrating off everything over a strategic period of time. MAT should only be discussed with a licensed medical professional who is authorized to prescribe.
The second most popular drug for MAT is Vivitrol (Naltrexone), an opioid and alcohol deterrent ,Vivitrol can be administered via injection monthly or via pll. It is an opioid antagonist lessening the desire and effects of opioids and alcohol dependence. An individual should be fully detoxed from opioids or alcohol before starting Naltrexone treatment,
Our licensed medical and clinical staff will discuss options that are best for you as you trudge the road to recovery. Please call us at New Life Recovery to schedule an assessment. 973-728-7788