Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful.
At the Lindner Center of HOPE, we believe that medication assisted treatment for addiction is an effective (and sometimes necessary) part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. Many patients cannot manage their addiction without the help of medication assisted treatment.
Why it Works
The efficacy of medication assisted treatment is very well established. It is not simply trading one drug for another. When used properly and as directed, there is no euphoria. That means that when a patient comes in for treatment and receives medication, their cognitive functioning is only improved and more clear. They are not experiencing the very severe withdrawal symptoms they would feel if left untreated.
These drugs are useful for treating the withdrawal symptoms enough so that now the patient is in a better place to make a logical, purposeful decision as opposed to a desperate attempt to relieve opioid withdrawal. It helps our patients get to a place where they can begin to manage their addiction themselves and really go about doing the work of recovery.
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Medication Assisted Treatment Drugs
HOPE Center North is approved by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHIOMHAS) to administer and dispense opioid replacement medications for either detoxification and/or maintenance therapy to persons dependent on opioids.
At our outpatient clinic, our physicians make individualized evaluations and treatment recommendations for these medication assisted treatment drugs:
Suboxone is a long acting, partial opioid agonist/antagonist that is prescribed as one of three common FDA approved medications in the treatment of opiate dependence. Suboxone will do the following:
- Minimize risk of overdose on Suboxone if taken as prescribed.
- Can be prescribed so that take home doses are possible.
- Suppresses opioid withdrawal symptoms.
- Reduces cravings for opioids.
- Does not trigger intoxication (e.g., sedation or euphoria).
- Reduces the euphoric effects of other opiates, such as heroin.
Naltrexone (Revia, Vivitrol)
Naltrexone is a full opioid antagonist that is prescribed as one of three common FDA approved medications in the treatment of opiate dependence. Naltrexone is a good choice of medication for the prevention of relapse and recommended for patients who are completely past withdrawal and are highly motivated to stay in recovery.
Methadone is a long-acting full opioid agonist that is prescribed as one of three common FDA approved medications in the treatment of opiate dependence. It will do the following:
- Suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms.
- Reduce cravings for opioids.
- Not trigger intoxication (e.g., sedation or euphoria).
- Reduce the euphoric effects of other opiates, such as heroin.
More Benefits of Opiate Replacement Therapy
Opioid replacement treatment has proven to be the most effective treatment for improving the health and living condition of people experiencing problematic illicit opiate use or dependence. That includes mortality reduction and a reduction in overall societal costs from drug-related crime and healthcare expenditures.
Research has shown greatly decreased risk for HIV and Hepatitis C among injectable drug users. This ultimately reduces the spread of these blood borne diseases within the whole community.
Are you looking for more information about medication assisted treatment? Call us today and we can answer your questions.