Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment

MAT for Addiction Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment for substance use disorder is, simply, the use of medication in combination of a holistic psycosocial treatment approach to help individuals struggling with addiction. The key here is “in combination.” Medications can help alleviate cravings. They can help a person work through the detox process with less pain. They can even support a person with high anxiety or trauma focus on the work at hand. But they can not cure addiction.

MAT has success when it works in conjunction with a full treatment plan that includes individual and group therapy as well as holistic modalities designed for lasting recovery.

The primary disorders that MAT can help treat are alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, and tobacco/nicotine use disorder. Different medications work in different ways to either reduce cravings, minimize withdrawal symptoms, or even affect brain chemistry to work in conjunction with other psychological therapies.

Types of Medications to Help with Addiction Treatment

There is a wide variety of medications that can be used to treat addictions. Medications will be prescribed to you by a healthcare professional to ensure that you get the right medications to help you with your specific needs. Here are some of the most effective ones currently used to treat substance use disorders:

  1. Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an effective medication that is used to treat both alcoholism and opiate addiction. It comes in a daily pill and helps block the opioid receptors in your brain so individuals can effectively reduce cravings for alcohol or drugs.

  1. Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication that helps with opioid addiction. This medication helps block the narcotic effects of opioids like oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl. This helps clients reduce their cravings as well as the withdrawal symptoms they may face.

  1. Vivitrol

Vivitrol is a medication that is given to patients via injection once a month. This medication helps people that are recovering from opioid and alcohol addiction by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain. This is highly effective when administered within a holistic treatment plan that includes psychological counseling as well.

  1. Acamprosate

Acamprosate is an FDA-approved medication that helps to prevent relapse from alcohol abuse. Acamprosate helps to restore brain chemistry to help clients minimize the withdrawal symptoms they would typically face when abstaining from alcohol.

Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment Rehab

EagleCrest Recovery is an approved drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that uses MAT to help our clients find a safe, comfortable, and sustainable approach to full recovery. If you are interested in MAT assisted addiction treatment, call us today.

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