Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication is carefully administered to a person as they focus on therapy and treatment. Combining therapy efforts and medication can decrease cravings and help a person maintain sobriety in the long-term.

What is Medication Assisted Treatment?

What is Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)? Who is it for? Is it possible to sign up for medically-assisted treatment (MAT)? These are common questions that people ask when they learn about MAT. This may be the best option to help them recover from their substance abuse. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration describes MAT therapy as a combination of counseling, medication, and behavioral therapy that combats substance abuse. It is also very effective against opioid addiction, as well as a range of other drug detoxes.

Medication to Ease Suffering

MAT therapy is a treatment that uses medication to help people suffering from substance abuse disorder overcome their addiction. This treatment uses medication to reduce their desire for the specific substance they choose. Medically assisted treatment does not treat a drug problem by replacing it with another drug.

The Medically Assisted Treatment program helps people live a sober and clean life. Counseling and behavioral therapy are combined to identify the root cause of addiction and prevent relapse. To help with withdrawal and other symptoms, medication is a part of the treatment plan.

It is important that you remember that every person will have a treatment that suits them best. You may have a variety of options. You can reach out to a doctor if you have any questions. They will help you decide which options are best for you and your loved ones.

Drugs Used in Medically Assisted Treatment Therapy

Medically Assisted Treatment is based on three main drugs. You can see them below:
• Vivitrol
• Naltrexone
• Methadone

Each of these drugs has a purpose and an addiction that they can help with during MAT Therapy. They have been approved by the FDA and come in a variety of forms to suit each person’s individual needs. These drugs can also be used in medically assisted treatments. To find new drugs or medicines, people conduct research. MAT Therapy is one of the most effective methods to combat addiction. To help those suffering from addiction, further studies are ongoing, and new drugs are being developed.

Is MAT Therapy Available to Me?

Talking to a professional at a rehabilitation center or doctor is the best way to find out if you are eligible for medically-assisted treatment therapy. Unforeseen circumstances may mean that your doctor is unavailable. Please contact a drug treatment center for more information.

How Can I Access Medically Assisted Treatment Therapy?
Asking a doctor if MAT Therapy is an option may help you to determine. The next step is to find a facility. Here are some tips for doing that:
• Locate a facility that deals with your particular type of addiction. Locate a rehab facility that has been trained in treating addictions to opioids and alcohol if you or someone you care about is suffering from it.
• You should ensure that the center you choose offers the treatments you are interested in. You may be eligible for Medically Assisted Treatment.
• You can read reviews to get an idea of the area. You should feel at home there.
These are just some of the things you should be aware of when searching for the right location. Talking with your doctor can help you start this process.

What is MAT Therapy Used For?

There are many therapies that make use of MAT. Each therapy focuses on different types of substance abuse. The most common are alcohol, stimulant, and opioid abuse. These substance abuse disorders can be treated medically. Here are some benefits to MAT therapy for specific substance abuse disorders.

Alcohol Detox

MAT therapy can be used to treat alcohol abuse disorder. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and shivering. These symptoms aren’t necessarily fatal but can be quite annoying for those trying to overcome their addiction. These symptoms can be managed with Medically Assisted Therapy, which is a treatment specifically designed for alcohol addiction. They treat withdrawal symptoms and detox.

Stimulant Detox

A detox from stimulants can lead to a completely different experience. Your body may be dealing with a chemical imbalance that can send mixed signals to your brain. Side effects of stimulant detoxing can have a negative impact on your physical health. The more severe side effects can have a negative impact on your mental health. Common stimulants included are:

  • Cocaine
  • Adderall
  • Meth
  • Amphetamines
  • Crack

Patients who have taken stimulant detox can suffer from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and even suicidal thoughts. These mental symptoms can lead to severe mental problems that can be treated with Medically Assisted Therapy. Stimulant addiction can also be very fast due to its addictive nature. It is important to seek help immediately.

Opioid Detox

Opioid abuse disorder is one of the most popular uses of Medically Assisted Therapy. There has been an increase in overdoses and deaths due to opioid addiction. When you are fighting opioid abuse disorder, there are many withdrawal symptoms. These include:
• Nausea
• Muscle pain
• Vomiting
• Nausea
• Rapid heart rate
These side effects can be prevented and treated with medically assisted treatment drugs. Opioid-MAT Therapy is a treatment that uses medication to wean patients from opioids and curb cravings. This can help people avoid relapses and make this a more pleasant experience.

Reasons for Medical Assisted Detox

Safety Concerns

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When medication is administered during detox, your body is relieved of withdrawal symptoms that are extremely uncomfortablee, allowing you to better focus on therapy. In addition, medication can be provided to help you beat any cravings.

Attend Group Therapy

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The purpose of group therapy is to facilitate the development of communication and socialization skills, as well as to teach clients how to express themselves and accept criticism from others. Listening to others with similar issues in a group therapy setting helps individuals develop self-awareness.

Increased Chance of Recovery

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It’s especially critical to take advantage of medication during the first 90 days of getting sober, when relapse is most likely to occur. This includes the first 90 days in a treatment center, not just at the end. Many people decide they want to “give up” and manipulate their families to let them go home, sneak substances into the facility, or just leave and come back. With medication, you can get through this tough period of extreme cravings and stay sober for a long time.

Discover Co-Occuring Disorders or Diseases

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A significant number of people who suffer from substance abuse disorders also suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses or medical conditions. It is unfortunate that many people are unaware of peripheral health problems as the symptoms can be suppressed by some substances that are abused. An individual who abuses Heroin, for example, is unlikely to feel the abdominal pain that is associated with Hepatitis if he is abusing heroin. Detox under medical supervision often reveals the presence of underlying health conditions that were previously unknown to the individual.

Receive IV Therapy

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IV therapy goes far in providing the appropriate nutrients and hydration which allows the body to get stronger while entering recovery. 

Beat Material and Emotional Problems

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In addition to improving your physical health, detoxification has many emotional, spiritual, and material advantages:
The majority of individuals who suffer from addiction struggle financially to support their addiction. Getting rid of addictions offers important material benefits. For instance, when you are not spending all your money on alcohol or drugs, you will have more money to save or spend on other things. In order to recover from an addiction, completing the addiction detox process is a critical first step, but detox alone will not be sufficient to help you recover once you overcome your physical dependence on a substance.

About Medical Assisted Detox

Withdrawal symptoms can be deadly for those who detox without professional care. Tremors are a common symptom of withdrawal. Seizures and delirium are more severe symptoms of brain damage for some. Benzodiazepine, Barbiturate, and alcohol withdrawal are the most closely associated with life-threatening detox; however, complications can also arise depending on whether or not there is a medical or physical co-occurring disorder.

Toxic substances can be removed from the body in a painful, strenuous, and even life-threatening manner. Additionally, undergoing detox without medical supervision increases the risk of a successful withdrawal. In addition, it decreases the likelihood that a person will attempt detox again in the future. The benefits of medically supervised detox, however, include mitigation of withdrawal symptoms and the treatment of co-morbid conditions, which contribute to the likelihood of a successful recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medical Detox?

Physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms can occur when a body is dependent on a substance. Under medical supervision, detoxification provides a safe environment for drug or alcohol withdrawal. Some symptoms associated with detox may be relieved by medication. Detox can be easier and safer this way than if you did it on your own.

People can experience a wide range of symptoms during detox. Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Moodiness
  • Confusion
  • Perspiration

You can’t avoid all these symptoms with medical detox, but you can reduce their severity and detox privately.

How Long Does Medically Assisted Detox Last?

Medical detoxification can last from a few days to several weeks, depending on the person. There are several factors that influence the duration of detox, such as co-occurring disorders, the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the length of your addiction, your prior drug use, as well as the substance(s) you were using.

In the end, the time range tends to be between a few days and a couple of weeks. It is usually advisable to allow two weeks for the entire process to be completed, but each individual is different. According to our philosophy, detox should take as long as necessary in order to achieve a drug-free state.

Does Medical Detox Address Addiction?

The answer to this question is both yes and no. Medical detoxification is helpful in the sense that it can help you cleanse your body of addictive substances, and reduce the symptoms of withdrawal in the short term.

Despite the fact that it does not address the root cause(s) of addiction, nor does it discuss how you will be able to maintain your sobriety. Detox alone does little to change addictive behavior, but it can set the stage for receiving the therapeutic measures that will help you reach your long-term goals in the future.

Does Insurance Pay for Medically Assisted Detox?

Insurance is accepted by most inpatient detox centers. You might be able to get treatment by using state programs, employee assistance programs, or even by paying for it yourself.

There are many people who find medical detox for addiction to be the first step on their road to recovery. The next step in your treatment plan will likely be discussed once detox is complete.

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