Information on MAT – Medication Assisted Therapy (Suboxone, Naltrexone & Methadone) for opioid and alcohol addictions.
Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) is used by various drug rehabs for addiction treatment. It combines behavior therapy and medications (i.e., Naltrexone, Suboxone/Buprenorphine) to treat alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder-addiction. The three common medications that are used for opioid addiction are Methadone, Naltrexone and Buprenorphine (brand name Suboxone).
There seems to be much controversy regarding MAT because there is a misconception that it substitutes one drug for another. Actually, MAT is designed to relieve withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body.
Naltrexone is an office-based non-addictive opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of other narcotics which is taken as a daily pill or monthly injection. Buprenorphine (brand name Suboxone) is an office-based opioid agonist/ antagonist that blocks other narcotics while reducing withdrawal risk which is used daily by dissolving a tablet, cheek film, or as a six-month implant under the skin.
Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder
MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome opioid abuse. A key factor is to administer the right dosage in order to ensure there is no negative affect on the patient’s mental or physical functions. Naltrexone and Buprenorphine can only be dispensed through a SAMHSA-certified Opioid treatment program (OTP).
Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for Alcohol Use Disorder
Naltrexone/Suboxone is one of the most common drugs used to treat alcohol use disorder. Although there is no cure, it is most effective in people who participate in a MAT program. Since the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol use can be fatal, research shows benefits to Medication Assisted Therapy.
There a many drug rehabs that do not offer Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) because they don’t believe in using drugs for addiction treatment. However, research has shown that MAT has many positive effects such as improved patient survival, treatment sustenance and a decrease in illicit opioid use.
To learn more about drug rehab, addiction treatment and Medication Assisted Therapy, please contact Illuminate Recovery at 844-700-9888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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