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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

In today’s drug and alcohol treatment environment, there is a long standing debate about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). At New Life Recovery Center, we 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 our clients. Of course, the long-term goal is to be substance free. However, circumstances don’t always afford that when someone first comes into treatment. Medical and clinical necessity are our biggest influences when assessing each client’s needs.

Primarily with those addicted to opioids, MAT has been prominent for some Primarily with those addicted to opioids, MAT has been prominent for some time. Methadone was the therapy of choice for long-term MAT. The cons of Methadone have been 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 short-term benefits for those suffering from opioid dependence. 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 too well, withdrawal from opioids is very unpleasant. Constipation, nausea, diarrhea, sweats, chills , muscle aches, insomnia, and pins and needles are just some of these unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. 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 team will discuss these options with you and make an appropriate game plan. 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 The second most popular drug for MAT is Vivitrol (Naltrexone), an opioid and alcohol deterrent. Vivitrol can be administered via injection monthly. 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 any type of Naltrexone treatment.

At New Life Recovery, we will discuss options that are best for you as you trudge the road to recovery, and make the appropriate medical referrals, as needed.


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