What Is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has stated that the use of FDA-approved medications supplemental to evidence-based therapy modalities has been proven to be more effective in allowing patients to achieve long-term sobriety compared to therapy alone.
The use of these anti-craving medications has shown to manage withdrawal symptoms, and reduce cravings drastically, especially for those who are addicted to alcohol or opioids.
There are currently medications being researched that would benefit the treatment of cocaine use disorders and benzodiazepine use disorder as well.
It is important to note that Medication-assisted Treatment (medical detox) does not cure any individual’s addiction, nor does it guarantee success without being used in conjunction with other treatment such as 12-step programs, behavioral rehabilitation treatment, counseling, therapy, and strong aftercare plans.
Long-term sobriety takes daily effort, and GateHouse Treatment is just providing a solid foundation for our clients to begin their journey on.
How Does MAT Work?
- Reduces withdrawal symptoms, such as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
- Works to reduce cravings, common in early stages of recovery
- Length of necessary use of medication can vary on a case to case basis
- Allows a physician to closely supervise during early recovery
- Works by locking onto the opioid receptors in the brain
Is it Safe?
While there are certain medications used in MAT that have properties that make patients capable of developing a dependency, there are some that do not. GateHouse Treatment only uses Naltrexone in its Medication-assisted Treatment, which is prescribed by a physician and administered under close, frequent, monitoring.
- Some medications used in MAT have shown to have unpleasant side effects
Naltrexone has shown to have the least amount of side effects. When a client chooses Medication-assisted Treatment at GateHouse Treatment, they are under close supervision of medical professionals who check in with them weekly on any side effects as a result of the medication
- If someone on MAT medication relapses, it is important to note that their tolerance level is lowered and therefore can be more susceptible to overdose.
Our goal at GateHouse Treatment is to provide all the necessary tools and introduction into the 12-step program along with aftercare plans to give clients the best chance at avoiding relapse.
What is Vivitrol?
The FDA-approved medications target two of the most common drugs in addiction: alcohol and opioids. While there are a myriad of options including Buprenorphine, Probuphine, Methadone, and Disulfiram, many of these have strong side-effects and the potential for dependency that out weigh their benefits.
Vivitrol, also known as extended-release Naltrexone, is used for both alcohol and opioid addictions. It is an injectable drug, administered intramuscularly by a licensed medical professional. Vivitrol only requires once a month dosing.
Naltrexone also has researched backed evidence to show that it lacks the potential for dependency and abuse.
Vivitrol (Naltrexone) works by blocking opioid receptors. This results in patients being unable to feel the expected rewarding effects or “high” from using alcohol or opioids. It has also known to work in the part of the brain that experiences cravings to use and feel the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol.
Medication Assisted Treatment at GateHouse Treatment
GateHouse Treatment is at the forefront of addiction treatment by offering Medication Assisted Treatment to our clients. We work to ensure every client has the best chance at achieving long-term sobriety.
At GateHouse Treatment, we offer the Vivitrol shot to our clients under close supervision of not only our clinicians who follow their therapy progress, but administered by our licensed medical staff. Our clients have weekly medical visits and are able to report any concerns or ask any questions they may have.
Vivitrol treatment is completely voluntary and not a mandatory part of our program. We have found it has only helped our clients to overcome their addiction cravings and give them a boost to have a shot at long-term sobriety.
If you have any questions about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) or Vivtrol, our experienced and knowledgeable admissions team at GateHouse Treatment are standing by to help you in any way they can. Call us at (855) 448-3638