Opioid Addiction Medication-Assisted Treatment
Opioid addiction has ravaged communities across the country. Recently, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic “a public health emergency.” Those suffering from opioid (prescription pain killers) and heroin addiction find the addiction powerful as it is very difficult to quit using because of the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment is the use of medications, combined with counseling and behavior therapy, to provide a whole patient approach in the treatment of opioid addiction. With medication-assisted treatment, by administering medication to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, a person addicted to opioids or heroin can focus on the necessary counseling and life changes necessary for sustained recovery.
Research Shows Medication-Assisted Treatment Works.
Some have resisted medication-assisted treatment (MAT) because of the thought that it is substituting one drug for another. However, scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that MAT (also referred to as the gold standard of addiction care) is the best form of treatment for opioid addiction. Many doctors support medication-assisted treatment as part of a recovery plan for substance use disorder. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) all support the use of medication-assisted treatment.
Medication-assisted treatment has been shown to:
- Increase retention in treatment and improve treatment outcome
- Significantly reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths
- Improve birth outcomes of patients who are pregnant and addicted to opioids
MAT programs have proven to be clinically effective and reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services. Research shows that when given at the proper dose, buprenorphine containing medications (also known as Suboxone, Bunavail, and Zubsolv) have no adverse effects of mental capability and physical functioning, making it possible for the patient to continue working.
If you have any questions about medication-assisted treatment, please contact A.M.C. of Columbus or A.M.C. of Nashville. We are an office based opioid treatment practice that treats any individual suffering with opioid addiction. We offer medication-assisted treatment combined with counseling, support, and individualized recovery plans. We believe this comprehensive approach is most effective in helping you take your life back from the strongholds of opioid addiction.