Medication-assisted treatment program combines medication and behavioral therapy in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The treatment helps sustain recovery among those struggling with addiction. This program is common in treating addictions to opioids like heroin. It also treats addictions to prescription pain relievers that have opiates. Medical assisted treatment (MAT) uses FDA-approved medications and evidence-based therapies.

doctor explaining to patient medication assisted treatment programRecovery from Drug and Alcohol

The recovery process in drug and alcohol addiction consists of strong cravings. Patients experience temptations to use the drugs even after completion of treatment and detox. These cravings tamper with the process of treatment and may cause a relapse. 

Some medications promote abstinence and help patients to stay off the cravings. The use of these medications together with therapies tends to extend the periods of sobriety.

Some of the benefits of using the medication-assisted treatment program include:

  • Increases retention in treatment
  • Improves the survival of patients
  • Enhances the outcomes of birth among pregnant women with substance abuse disorders
  • Increases the ability of patients to get and maintain employment
  • Reduces the illegal use of opiates: This helps to decrease criminal activities among people with substance abuse disorders

Medications Used in the Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

Opioids hold together the opioid receptors in the brain. This causes a sense of euphoria and an altered perception of pain. The drugs interfere with communication in the brain. They produce excess happy chemicals in the brain. This affects the natural process of the production of these chemicals. Often, a person tends to feel sad or abnormal when not using drugs. This leads to them experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

The medications used in MAT or opioid addiction treatment are naloxone, methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. These manage addictions and dependence. When used at the proper dose, these medications have no adverse effects on the physical functioning, mental capability, and intelligence of a patient. 

Patients can use the medications for years or months depending on the prescription. SMART Recovery supports the use of prescribed addiction and psychiatric medication. 

The medications used in the medication-assisted treatment program are effective in various ways. Some are efficient for treating withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. Others assist patients from getting addicted to substances such as alcohol and opioids during recovery. Some medications address pre-existing conditions or different health conditions that may come during the treatment or recovery process.

Some of the therapies used in the medication-assisted treatment are counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, wilderness and adventure therapy, among others.

Addiction Treatment Programs Available 

Phoenix Rising Recovery rehab center provides high standard medication-assisted treatment. It provides a combination of counseling, therapies, and medication. Patients get to choose the schedule for treatment that works well for them. 

Some of the treatment programs available at Phoenix Rising Recovery include:

  • Addiction detox centers: Detox is usually the first step in addiction treatment. The facility provides detox centers for drugs such as alcohol, heroin, opioids, and opiates
  • Outpatient treatment program: This program allows the individuals to get the required treatment while still taking care of their work or home responsibilities
  • Partial hospitalization program: The clients stay in sober living homes. They receive transport services to and from the recovery center
  • Sober living: Clients receive housing in the facility. They find solidarity and accountability among the fellow residents
  • Intensive outpatient program: Clients show up at the treatment facility every four to five days in a week
  • Aftercare program: Everyone needs a support system for recovery. This program helps patients to continue to meet after reconciliation
  • Resident treatment center: Clients stay for around three months in the facility for treatment

Get Quality Medication-Assisted Treatment Program 

Don’t let your child suffer from opioid or alcohol addiction at home. Take a step and get a medication-assisted treatment program at Phoenix Recovery Center. So reach out to us via 855.232.8211 for quality care and successful recovery.