Medication Assisted Treatment

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Medication Assisted Treatment in Drug and Alcohol Rehab


What is Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT?

Medication Assisted Treatment is the use of medication in combination with counseling to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for opioid and heroin addiction.

Medication can be an essential tool in addiction treatment, uniquely helpful for managing cravings and triggers. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is just one of the evidence-based, modern approaches to treating chemical dependence that we practice at Lighthouse Recovery Institute with our patient-centered care.

Pharmacotherapy is an advancement in the addiction science arena offering hopeful results for many individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders and mental illness.

During the early stages of recovery, cravings for drugs and alcohol can be severe. Our collaborative team of licensed counselors and doctors integrate pharmacotherapy to help reduce the desire to use and thereby creating intervention strategies that result in a more effective treatment model for many of our patients.

What Are The Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment?

There are several types of medications that can be utilized within the addiction treatment episode and effective at reducing cravings for a variety for substance use disorders.

The most common medications often used in drug and alcohol rehabs are Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Campral which assist with treating addiction and withdrawal. Campral is very effective specifically for treating alcoholism and managing dependence. Naltrexone blocks receptors in the brain by blocking the effects of and decreases the desire to use them.

These medications begin after an individual has completed medical detox and has already started either an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab or outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program.

Suboxone and Methadone

Certain medications are used during the detoxification process to assist with the post-acute withdrawal symptoms experienced from long-term opiate addiction or heroin addiction. These medications include Methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex. Methadone has a longer history of being in drug treatment programs, and many facilities now use Suboxone as a less addictive alternative. Consultation with a Doctor is required prior to the use of these medications. The most effective combinations of these medications are in conjunction with behavioral treatment programs.

How Long Should an Opiate User Take Suboxone?

Our Approach to MAT in Drug Rehab

There is one significant distinction between the MAT services offered at Lighthouse Recovery Institute and those provided by other facilities or models of care. In some cases, patients are on long-term opioid replacement drugs, which can be habit-forming, as a part of MAT programs. We do not use these medications, as they can result in the development of a secondary addiction. Medication Assisted Treatment for us refers to the use of non-narcotic, non-addictive medicines which are approved and recommended for reducing cravings. Some of these medications will block the effects of alcohol and drugs, reducing the incentive to use in the first place. We have found that many patients benefit from the additional accountability provided by these types of medication.

Early recovery and treatment can be a delicate time, during which any help with managing cravings can mean the difference between success and relapse. MAT is a method through which we ensure that patients have the best possible foundation for success by giving them time to stabilize without the added stress of cravings for drugs or alcohol. During this time, patients can learn coping skills for long-term relapse prevention that can serve them throughout their recovery.

Medications commonly used include Naltrexone and Vivitrol. Naltrexone is a non-narcotic which reduces opioid and alcohol cravings and prevents patients from experiencing any euphoric effect if they relapse. Vivitrol is a long-acting form of naltrexone which can help prevent relapse and reduce cravings for up to a month. When combined with intensive psychotherapy, community support, and a daily program of recovery, these medications can help individuals overcome many challenges. Integrating MAT provides an extra layer of accountability and support which allows our patients to focus their energy on the vital work of addiction treatment and therapy.

With the help of anti-craving medications, we can help develop the core elements of a robust recovery program for every individual that walks in our door.

Does Insurance Cover Medication Assisted Treatment?

Insurance plans will cover some or all the cost of inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs. Individual insurance companies are now requiring the use of MAT in long-term treatment episodes. If you or a loved one are considering entering drug or alcohol treatment, and looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan call our trained staff today.


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