What Is MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) for Substance Abuse?
Medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, Naltrexone and Methadone can be an important part of a person’s substance use disorder recovery process. We know there is sometimes a stigma around Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) that can make you unsure if taking medication for addiction is right for you. Does Medication Assisted Treatment work? What is Medicated Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction? The team of clinicians and prescribers at our rehab facility near Boston, MA, can answer these questions and explain the many benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment for substance abuse.
How Does Medication Assisted Treatment Work?
In our clinical treatment program, nurse practitioners ensure they are prescribing and monitoring the correct dosages of medications and determining the ideal length of time that MAT should be used to support recovery. It’s important that the type and amount of medication helps people function without providing adverse effects such as “nodding off.” That’s why the Woburn Addiction Treatment professionals closely monitor and collaborate with medical professionals about how MAT is influencing a person’s recovery to improve Medication Assisted Treatment effectiveness.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol & Opioid Addiction
There are two common medications that our nurse practitioners prescribe for Medication Assisted Treatment: Vivitrol and Suboxone. Vivitrol or Naltrexone is used in Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction and alcohol abuse by reducing a person’s urge to drink or use drugs. Suboxone is used to treat pain and addiction to narcotic painkillers by relieving withdrawal symptoms. It’s most often taken sublingually (under the tongue) in the form of a dissolvable pill or film. Though some people don’t support MAT and think of this method of treatment as “substituting one drug for another,” these medications can relieve cravings and symptoms of withdrawal to help people achieve sobriety and addiction-free lives when administered in safe and controlled doses.
Medicated Assisted Treatment near Me
Along with Medicated Assisted Treatment, therapy and counseling can help you or a loved one through addiction recovery. We also work with local methadone clinics, so don’t hesitate to contact Woburn Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts to discuss our Medication Assisted Treatment programs. Ask about other ways we can facilitate successful recovery, as our rehab center offers IOP, an Outpatient Program and Day Treatment in addition to MAT.