What Is Medication Assisted Treatment Designed To Do For The Addict?
What is medication assisted treatment (MAT)? When addicts are going through detoxification they can experience very serious withdrawal symptoms. Certain medications are available that can help to suppress the unpleasantness of withdrawal and decrease cravings during the rehab process. A call to Better Addiction Care can connect you or a loved one to a facility that provides medication assisted treatment.
What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse and are ready to go to an addiction treatment center for help, you may be given a medication to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Some drug addictions produce worse withdrawal symptoms than others, but you will have a complete evaluation, including medical and psychological, to determine the best treatment program for you. Detoxification is the first step in your journey to recovery, and you must continue in rehab and therapy treatments. Without treatment after detox, most people will soon resume abusing drugs. You may have asked, “What is medication assisted treatment?” The staff doctor may determine that a medication will help you though withdrawal and rehab by lessening the symptoms of withdrawal, reducing the cravings that follow during recovery, and preventing relapse. Medication assisted treatment can get you back into a normal life again. Better Addiction Care will help you find the best facility to take you or a loved one from detox through recovery.
Medication Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorders
Medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders includes specific drugs that act on the same brain targets as heroin and morphine. The drugs that may be prescribed during your detoxification, rehab, and therapy are methadone under the brand names of Dolophine® and Methadose®, and buprenorphine under the brand names of Suboxone®, Subutex®, and Probuphine®. Opioid abusers get a “high” when the reward and pleasure centers of the brain are disrupted. The opioid receptors are part of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. Euphoric feelings are initiated when the receptors receive the drug, and the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and body temperature are lowered. When people abuse opioids, whether legal or illegal, the chemistry of the brain can become changed to a point where both physical and psychological dependence on the drug occur.
- The brain stem, which controls heart rate and breathing is impacted by opioids.
- Opioids affect the limbic system, which is a specific area of the brain controlling the feelings of pleasure and relaxation.
- Pain reduction is achieved by opioids affecting the spinal cord, which sends messages from the brain to the body.
Medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders can significantly increase the recovery success rate.
Medication Assisted Treatment For Co-Occurring Disorders
The rate of alcohol and substance abuse disorder is higher in people suffering from mental disorders. Co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis) are complex and can be difficult to diagnose, and one disorder may be treated while the other is not recognized. When co-occurring disorders are not diagnosed there is a greater risk of homelessness, criminal behavior, suicide, and premature death. Medication assisted treatment for co-occurring disorders can create far better outcomes as the two diseases are no longer fighting each other. Mental health issues and substance abuse, when treated at the same time, increases the success rate, improves quality of life, and reduces the overall cost of treatment. Better Addiction Care can connect you to an addiction treatment center with both medical and psychology professionals who are equipped to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders.
Medication assisted treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders can produce a better treatment outcome for addicts. Contact Better Addiction Care now and discuss the best treatment options for yourself or a loved one. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690