MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT

MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT

MEDICATION-ASSISTED ADDICTION TREATMENT

Backed By Research

Because of its proven effectiveness, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs are growing in popularity throughout Orange County, CA. For our more severe substance use disorders, Sober Partners’ uses MAT at our own Huntington Beach Rehabs for both detox and rehabilitation.

Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat addiction disorders. Medication Assisted Treatment is one of the most effective forms of therapy for substance use disorders but is widely misunderstood.

MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.

One common treatment option involves the use of medication-assisted treatment — such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Sober Partners offers MAT protocols for both Opioid Use Disorder & Alcohol Use Disorders.

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  • Young adult’s heroin use more than doubled in the past decade.
  • More than 90 percent of people who use heroin also use at least one other drug.
  • 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.
  • Prescription opioid drug overdoses increased threefold in three years.
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  • Young adult’s heroin use more than doubled in the past decade.
  • More than 90 percent of people who use heroin also use at least one other drug.
  • 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.
  • Prescription opioid drug overdoses increased threefold in three years.
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What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

When the addicted opioid user suddenly quits their habit, they face a harsh reality of severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms and side-effects alone can be dangerous and sometimes even life-threatening. Even if a detox is successful, the recovery process following substance use disorder is not concluded merely upon the completion of an addiction treatment program.

Based on studies carried out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the patient approach to offering medication-assisted treatment as part of the treatment plan has proven to:

  • Significantly improve the survival of the patient.
  • Treatment showed substantial increases in retention.
  • Decrease the chance of falling into old habits of substance abuse and other criminal activities
  • The ability to gain new life skills and maintain steady employment is increased.
  • More positive birth outcomes were seen for pregnant women who were struggling with a substance use disorder.

Individuals who are participating in an outpatient program or another form of addiction treatment may potentially be prescribed to take medications for months to several years while remaining completely safe to do so. In some cases, these medications have remained prescribed to the individual for the remainder of their life.

The plan and schedule for a patient’s MAT program are thoughtfully and carefully created with their doctor or another qualified medical professional. Likewise, the plans to stop taking the medications are crucial and should always be appropriately evaluated before choosing to make any changes to the prescriptions or treatment methods.

When looking at the big picture, the overall acceptance of many of these evidence-based treatment processes and procedures to treat substance abuse and alcohol addiction is moving rather slowly. These delays are partly due to various misconceptions that people have regarding the appearance of substituting one drug for another.

There is also a large amount of negativity that is often used against patients who are participating in medication-assisted treatment programs. This, unfortunately, plays a significant factor in the treatment’s acceptance despite the specific state and federal laws that have been put in place and prohibit it. Other factors include addiction specialists and other physicians being unable to find the proper training for it, often because of the negative opinions towards these methods among healthcare workers and industry professionals.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has published articles stating that there has been a variety of different improvements seen in patients who choose to receive this form of treatment. This information also showed that patients expressed significant reductions in particular behaviors that would otherwise be harmful and would produce complications to the recovery process. Some of the more common behaviors that were seen to be reduced included:

  • Suicidal attempts
  • Needle sharing opportunities
  • Decreased overdose probability
  • Participating in criminal activities
  • Illicit drug use or relapse