Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat substance abuse. MAT is normally used to treat opioid use disorders but has helped other types in the past. Sometimes other effects from these medications can hinder the recovery process, but they help more often than not. This therapy can be combined with others, like behavioral and group therapies, in order to achieve desired results of sobriety.
We understand that ceasing drug use without the help of medication is sometimes not the best option for our patients. In our medication-assisted treatment here at Harmony Ridge, our staff is available 24/7 to manage the different prescribed medications.Contact Us Today
There is a stigma behind helping recovering addicts reach sobriety with the assistance of medications. However, our goal is to break this stigma. Because opioids are such addictive drugs, they require more intensive treatments when you’re going through drug rehab. Other substances are often needed to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and the long-term effects opioid abuse has caused. This is where MAT comes in.
We use two FDA-approved medications to treat opioid abuse: naltrexone and buprenorphine. Our licensed staff prescribes and administers these in small doses. We allow all three to be trialed in order to find which one works the best for each patient. We will only use MAT for the necessary duration to help an individual reach a point where they no longer need medication.
Requiring medication-assisted treatment in West Virginia is not something anyone should be ashamed of. We want more people to understand that. By using medications to manage the effects of opioids, our patients at Harmony Ridge have a better chance of being able to focus solely on their recovery.Contact Us Today
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Naltrexone helps patients cope with the effects of opioid withdrawal. Used in a pill or injection form, it blocks out the euphoric high that comes along with the type of drugs the patient has been abusing. The naltrexone also cuts down the urge to use that many recovering addicts face during treatment.
Like any other medication, it comes with some possible side effects, which can include:
Because it can cause liver damage with excess use, it will be closely administered by our medical professionals.Contact Us Today
Buprenorphine is the first medication medical staff uses to treat opioid addiction, and it can be prescribed by any doctor’s office. Other medications can only be given out by certified clinics like ours. Buprenorphine is usually available in pill form, and it alleviates the side effects of opioid withdrawal. Buprenorphine also decreases cravings that come along with the drug abuse treatment process.
Although it has the potential to be abused itself, it is sometimes mixed with naltrexone to decrease this potential. It has uncomfortable side effects that can come along with use that can include:
To maintain an ethical medication-assisted treatment program, our staff will evaluate each patient accordingly. We’ll only use this treatment if completely necessary for our patient’s health and well-being, especially if they aren’t responding well to only having abstinent-based treatments.
We understand there are risks that come along with using a medication-assisted treatment in rehab. Most of the medications we use have a potential for addiction, so our staff is well-versed in how to administer these. We don’t allow our patients to have access to large dosages to these medications while under our care.Contact Us Today
We will have to determine three things to properly assess each patient: what type of substance is being abused, the severity of the addiction, and the possible presence of co-occurring mental health disorders. Once our staff has evaluated all of these factors, our staff will determine whether the patient will need MAT. If you need MAT to recover completely, we will place you into a special unit that has a higher level of care.
There is no minimum or maximum amount of time this type of treatment may take. Each case will differ, and the need for MAT will be routinely monitored to make sure it is continuing to help the patient instead of hurt them.
You may be an ideal candidate for medication-assisted treatment if you have:
You may not be an ideal candidate if you have:
While no one can make this decision for you, and ultimately the need for medications is determined by our qualified medical staff, we highly suggest considering all facets of a medication-assisted treatment program. You should understand how it works and what it offers to see if our MAT program matches your needs. Some questions you can ask yourself are:
Although MAT is a reliable program to consider when being admitted into substance abuse treatment, we have a long list of other available ones at Harmony Ridge.
The ones we provide you will be determined by the current mental and physical state of each client. Our medical professionals will create a plan for each patient that will help them reach and maintain full sobriety as quickly as possible.
We offer many types of treatment in our facilities. These include:
Medication-assisted treatments can be overwhelming to think about due to the risk of the medication used becoming addictive. We are here to help you understand that, if done correctly, MAT is an amazing way to help cope with addiction. Our staff is highly trained and certified to provide the care necessary to include MAT in our treatment programs.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to substance addiction, we are here to provide you with helpful information. In order to obtain your normal life back, it is more than likely you will need some form of substance abuse treatment. Please contact us today, and we will help you start your journey to recovery.Contact Us Today