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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Facing withdrawal can be a scary thought for those struggling with addiction. Medication-Assisted Treatment at our Lantana rehab can help ease withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings to prevent future relapses. MAT may be the right fit for you on your path to recovery.  

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of certain medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of the two can successfully treat Opioid as well as alcohol use disorders

Is Medication-Assisted Treatment for Everyone? 

Overall, Medication-assisted treatment has helped many people regain their lives. It’s effective, and it works. It’s a viable option for those people who would not be able to abstain from their drug of choice without it.  

MAT for Opioid Abuse 

Medication-Assisted treatment programs are used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. When a person has become physically dependent on an opioid drug, they face a painful withdrawal if they try to suddenly stop taking their drug of choice. 

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MAT for Alcohol Abuse 

Medication-assisted treatment programs are also used for Alcohol use disorders. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. Medication-Assisted Treatment for alcohol can mitigate the effect alcohol has on the body. Some medications can cause negative side effects if alcohol is consumed while taking them. All of this works together to deter alcoholics from relapsing and stops them from feeling the effects of alcohol.  

How MAT Can Help You or a Loved One   

MAT provides a comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy. The ultimate goal of MAT is a full recovery, giving the patients greater success in sustaining long-term recovery.

This treatment approach has been shown to: 

  • Improve patient survival 
  • Increase retention in treatment 
  • Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders 
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment 
  • Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant 

 Archstone Behavioral Health, located in Lantana, Florida, offers Medication Assisted Treatment to our patients to help them on their path to recovery. Our full continuum of care, from detox to outpatient, provides support and treatment on the road to sobriety.   

If you or a loved one are currently struggling with alcohol or opioid addiction, call Archstone Behavioral Health at (561) 264-4961 to get help today. 

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