MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT - MAT
Our medication program is designed to meet each patient’s individual medical needs using FDA-approved medications to help decrease withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
Medication-assisted therapy is most often used for opioid addiction, alcohol addiction, and benzodiazepine addiction, as cravings for these substances can be the strongest. Medication is given to decrease withdrawal symptoms allowing clients to sustain their recovery and to prevent or reduce opioid overdose..
MAT allows individuals to more actively participate in group therapy and spend time with others who have faced similar challenges, therefore lessening the feelings of isolation often caused by addiction and lowering the relapse rate.
Alcohol Use Disorder Medications - Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are the most common drugs used to treat alcohol use disorder.
- Naltrexone - blocks the euphoric effects by blocking the receptors the opiates would usually bind to, decreasing cravings and feelings of intoxication, increasing the odds of sustained recovery
- Acamprosate - helps to decrease the cravings for alcohol after the detox phase of their recovery. It works best with clients who have stopped drinking becoming most effective in 7-8 days after starting the medication
- Disulfiram - works to prevent relapse in that if patients drink alcohol while on this medication, they can develop unpleasant side effects (nausea, headache, vomiting,) as soon as ten minutes after drinking even a small amount of alcohol.
Opioid Dependency Medications - Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are used to treat opioid use disorders to opioids such as heroin, fentanyl morphine, and codeine.
Buprenorphine - suppresses and reduces cravings for opioids by partially blocking the opiate receptors.
Naltrexone - Naltrexone (or its injectable Vivitrol) is an opiate blocker medication that helps decrease cravings for Opiates, alcohol and early evidence suggest possibly for stimulants. It decreases cravings and feelings of intoxication, increasing the odds of sustained recovery.
Epidiolex - FDA Approved medication that in recent Peer-reviewed studies has been shown to decrease the cravings and anxiety which may occur after stopping opiate or heroin use.
A co-occurring disorder, formerly known as dual diagnosis, is the co-existence of one or more mental health disorders alongside substance abuse disorders. Studies have shown that over 70% of all people seeking help for addiction are also dealing with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.. We strongly believe that the pathway to success is dependent on treating each and every aspect of our client's health in a comprehensive fashion.
We have psychiatrists, psychiatric physician assistants, therapists, and counselors all specially trained to address the emotional and psychiatric needs of our clients.
The following are psychotherapy approaches used to treat co-occurring disorders:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: A therapy that concentrates on patterns of abnormal thinking and distorted beliefs that are the underlying causes for irrational emotions and thought patterns. The key concept of CBT is the idea that thoughts and feelings are directly related to behavior. Therefore, by gaining control of one’s thoughts and emotions, one can better dictate their behavior.
- Dialectal behavioral therapy: A type of psychotherapy that combines parts of cognitive-behavioral therapy with principles of mindfulness. Traditional dialectal behavior therapy focuses on concrete behavioral skills for four domains: emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.
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