During the early stages of recovery, cravings for drugs and alcohol can be intense. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our collaborative team of licensed counselors and doctors integrate pharmacotherapy, more commonly known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to help reduce the desire to use and create intervention strategies that result in a more effective treatment model for many of our patients. For more information about Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s addiction treatment programs in Florida, call our friendly team at 866.308.2090 or fill out our convenient online form.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment uses medication combined with counseling to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for prescription 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 addiction science, offering encouraging results for many struggling with co-occurring disorders and mental health disorders.
Medications Used in MAT
Several medications can be utilized within the addiction treatment episode and effectively reduce cravings for various substance use disorders. The most common medications often used in drug and alcohol rehabs to help treat addiction and withdrawal include:
Campral is very effective, specifically for treating alcoholism and managing dependence. Naltrexone blocks receptors in the brain by blocking the effects and decreases the desire to use them. These medications begin after an individual has completed medical detox and has already started an inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab program.
Effectiveness of Medication-Assisted Treatment
MAT has proved to be clinically effective and significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for individuals struggling with substance use. It provides patients with a comprehensive and personalized program that can address the needs of opioid dependency when paired with behavioral therapy.
Medication-assisted treatment has shown to be helpful in:
- Boosting patient survival rates
- Increasing retention in treatments for opioid abuse
- Decreasing illicit opiate use
- Enhancing a patient’s ability to gain and maintain employment after treatment
- Improving birth outcomes of pregnant women with opioid addiction
Suboxone and Methadone Maintenance Programs
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 long history of drug treatment programs, and many facilities now use Suboxone as a less addictive alternative. Consultation with a doctor is required before the use of these medications. The most effective combinations of these medications are in conjunction with behavioral treatment programs. In the United States, there are different medications used in MAT to treat various disorders.
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 that 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.
Our Comprehensive MAT at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
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 to 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 to 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 that can help prevent relapse and reduce cravings for up to a month.
When combined with intensive psychotherapy, community support, and a daily recovery program, 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, our Lighthouse Recovery Institute team can help develop the core elements of a robust recovery program for every individual that walks through our door.
Does Insurance Cover Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Insurance plans will cover some or all the costs 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, contact Lighthouse Recovery Institute today.
Begin to Heal with Medication-Assisted Treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
People often avoid entering into an addiction treatment program because they fear potentially painful withdrawal symptoms. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our medication-assisted treatment in Boynton Beach, FL, is the perfect place for people to begin their long road to recovery. If you or someone you care about is ready to heal from addiction, contact Lighthouse Recovery Institute today by calling 866.308.2090 or completing our online form.