Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT, involves the use of medication in combination with behavioral therapy and counseling in order to treat addiction or mental health disorder.

These medications, prescribed by a health professional, work to ease the rehabilitation process by alleviating withdrawal symptoms or curbing cravings. Taking medication alongside treatment offers a better chance of a safe and successful recovery.

At The Recovery Team, we understand the importance of medication management. Our experienced staff will work with each individual to develop a plan that works for them and their condition. Contact us to learn more.

What Medications Are Used in MAT?

There are a variety of medications used in treatment for a substance use disorder for preventing withdrawal and reducing cravings. A professional will conduct an assessment before treatment in order to determine the best treatment plan for their condition.

Some of the most common medications used in treatment are listed below by disorder.

Alcohol Use Disorder

Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are all medications used to treat alcohol disorder. While they do not cure the disorder, they are effective for those in treatment for withdrawal and cravings are less intense. This allows the individual to focus more on recovering and achieving sobriety.

Opioid Use Disorder

When it comes to opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are all common medications used to help treat it. These medications work to regulate brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects, relieve physiological cravings, and return body functions back to normal.

Overdose Prevention

Naloxone is used to prevent opioid overdose. This medication works by reversing the toxic effects of the overdose.

Comprehensive Treatment

The most effective treatment for a substance use disorder is the use of medication alongside behavioral therapy and counseling with a trained professional. When a patient’s withdrawal symptoms and cravings are reduced, it allows them to focus more on recovering. During this time, patients will attend behavioral therapy sessions that help them to identify triggers, explore underlying causes, and learn new coping strategies.

At The Recovery Team-Newton, we offer a variety of therapies to ensure comprehensive treatment and a sustainable recovery. In cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions, patients will work with a therapist to identify their triggers, correct thought patterns, and develop coping strategies. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is similar to CBT but DBT focuses more on validating and accepting uncomfortable feelings rather than working to avoid them.

Our facility also offers an array of holistic therapies such as sports, massages, and art. Through this comprehensive treatment, patients are given the guidance and support to reach a successful recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Why Medication-Assisted Treatment is Effective

Some of the hardest things to battle in the treatment for addiction are the painful withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings. Medication-assisted treatment helps to alleviate these barriers to recovery so that each patient can thrive. The use of medication in treatment also allows all patients’ individual needs to be addressed which gives them the best chances of a successful recovery.

Begin Your Recovery Today

With a wealth of combined experience from our team of qualified therapists, doctors, and medical professionals, we are dedicated to delivering comprehensive medical integration and medication management services to our patients.

At The Recovery Team, we understand that each patient is unique and has specific needs based on their condition. Our personalized treatment plans are carefully crafted to address every patient’s mental, medical, and physical health challenges, promoting overall well-being. We offer a variety of treatment levels including residential care and outpatient programs.

If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of addiction, contact one of our friendly counselors at (508) 978-2772 to learn more. We stand prepared to support you as you embark on the pursuit of an improved life. Contact The Recovery Team-Newton today.