Addiction is a frightening disease that affects the lives of all who meet it. It is estimated that 20.3 million people in the United States, age 12 and older, are currently struggling with a substance abuse disorder. Addictions to alcohol, opioids, and other substances can result in lifelong negative consequences and fatalities in many cases.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2020 there were 81,000 drug overdose deaths that occurred in the United States alone. We need to change those numbers. There are too many people losing their lives to substance abuse problems every day.
At Warner Park Recovery, we understand that a one size fits all approach to the treatment planning process doesn’t work. We know that every individual that seeks help comes in with a unique set of circumstances and experiences along with individual needs that need to be met in order to give them the best experience in gaining long-term recovery. We support our clients in utilizing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to get them to the goal of a full recovery. Addiction treatment plans for MAT are patient-specific and are created with input from the patient, prescribing doctor, and treatment team.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the combination of the use of medications and behavioral therapies to treat substance use addictions. More specifically, MAT programs are most often recommended to those suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD). Medications used for MAT are U.S Food and Drug Administration-approved and are known to be the most effective intervention in treating OUD, compared to behavioral interventions and medication alone. Each MAT medication differs in the way it works to relieve withdrawal symptoms and/or block the euphoric effects of the drugs.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, medication-assisted treatment has proven to be effective in treating the withdrawal symptoms and negative effects of opioid and alcohol use. Paired with treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and counseling, MAT programs utilize a “whole person” approach to treating opioid dependence and alcohol addiction and are helpful in assisting patients in long-term sobriety. This treatment approach has been known to
After a study conducted in 2015, following the long term effectiveness of MAT, results showed,
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Different medications exist to treat addiction depending upon the substances an individual is struggling with.
Medications Used for Opioid Addiction
Acamprosate: a medication that lowers cravings for alcohol and prevents people from wanting to drink again. This medication does not prevent withdrawal symptoms. It will lose its effect if a person is beginning to engage in drinking or substance abuse after taking it. The use of acamprosate usually begins around the 5th day of abstinence. It is offered in tablet form
Disulfiram treats chronic alcoholism. Disulfiram is most effective in individuals who have already completed detoxification from all substances. This medication comes in tablet form.
Naltrexone: naltrexone blocks the feelings of intoxication induced by alcohol and allows individuals to stay motivated, remain in treatment, and prevent relapses. Naltrexone comes in pill form and in the form of an extended-release injection that lasts 30 days.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with issues around mental health or addiction, contact us for a full evaluation and treatment options. We understand that it is not a process that any individual should tackle alone, and that is why we have a team of qualified personnel who are available to offer you the help you need.
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