Long Term Recovery With Medication – Assisted Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combined with counseling is the most effective path towards long term recovery. That is the goal…long term recovery. It is important to remember that you or your loved one can overcome opioid addiction.
MAT improves long term recovery outcomes by:
- Decreasing relapse
- Reducing repeat criminal activity
- Increasing the ability to gain and maintain employment
- Improving birth outcomes of pregnant women who are opioid addicted
- Improving patient survival
Research has shown that when MAT medications are used as intended at the proper dose, there is not a negative effect on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, ability to function and hold employment.
How Does MAT Work?
The FDA has approved several medications to treat opioid addiction. The medications used in MAT are buprenorphine (Suboxone), methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol). These medications help with opioid withdrawal and cravings.
Helping with opioid withdrawal is important because when a person becomes dependent on opioids, their body feels sick without the drug. Just a few symptoms of opioid withdrawal include sweating, nausea, pain, tremors, anxiety, confusion and even hallucinations. Medication-assisted treatment will minimize these symptoms for the patient.
A person who is opioid addicted obviously has intense cravings for the drug. Their brain has been changed from the addiction and their main priority is to get more of the drug. Addiction brings on a loss of control. The drug is causing severe havoc in their life but they continue to use. Most try to quit or cut back several times but are unsuccessful. The good news is that they can be successful with help. MAT can help with cravings, enabling a person to function and focus on recovery and return to a healthy lifestyle.
How Long Does MAT Need To Last
Most of the intense withdrawal symptoms resolve within a few weeks. So it would make sense that one can quit the medication then, right? Not exactly, there is more than withdrawal symptoms that need to be considered. The decision to taper with the end goal of getting off medication will depend on each individual, their history and circumstances. The substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that MAT is to be used in combination with counseling to provide a whole-patient approach. A patient in counseling will learn about triggers and stress that can increase the probability of relapse and address the root causes of the addiction. Continual counseling and support groups are strongly recommended during and after medication tapering.
Call AMC Today
AMC offers MAT with counseling, support and individualized recovery plans. We have developed a 4 step recovery process effective in providing an opportunity of life long recovery. Contact us for any questions you may have about getting help and taking your life back. Remember your call is completely confidential.