Mat is a treatment method that uses medication to diminish the challenging physical and mental symptoms linked to the stopping use of opioid dependency. The treatment plan is initially used to treat addiction to opioids as well as heroin and prescription pain relievers. Medications like Suboxone, help with cravings, withdraw symptoms and normalizing brain chemistry and body functions. MAT can be used to greatly increase the chances of overcoming your addiction long term.
Benefits of Medicated Assisted Treatment
• Reduces the risk of relapse and overdose
• Improves social functioning
• Reduces cravings and withdraws
• Helps person become accustomed to living without opioids
The medication alone will not treat the opioid addiction. Suboxone and other addiction medications need to be used along with psychiatric care, counseling, therapy and an aftercare plan. The MAT program could be crucial for a lucrative treatment plan. At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we focus on using the MAT program along with counseling and therapy with licensed professionals to assure the best treatment plan. In order to participate in the medicated assisted treatment program, you must first meet certain medical and clinical criteria.
Medications used in MAT program
There are three medications that have been approved by the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration). Suboxone, Naltrexone and a combination of both, Buprenorphine and Naloxone. These medications block the effects of opioids and reduce or eliminate the cravings.
- Determine Qualification
- Clinical Consult
- Metal Consult
- Medication Management
- Introduction stage to medication to establish primary dose.
- Counterpoise Stage to determine dose to avoid withdraw
- Medication management stage to steady dose to maintain a normal day to day lifestyle.