PENNSYLVANIA Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the application of medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, the majority of research indicates that medication assisted opioid treatment has shown to be the most successful approach to addiction recovery. MAT substantially surpasses traditional forms of talk therapy only. In medication assisted treatment the client receives medicine that will reduce (or eliminate) withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Once the craving and withdrawal distractions are removed, clients can earnestly focus on changing their behavior in our holistic treatment programs.
While most addiction doctors only prescribe medication, BriteLife utilizes doctor-dispensed medication as a key element of our evidence-based treatment (EBT) program. This is a more successful and accountable approach to the use of medication to treat opioid use disorder.
Is Medication Assisted Treatment Right for Me?
Medication assisted treatment is used for heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids. Determining if MAT is right for you requires a full medical evaluation and assessment of your substance use history, medical history, and other factors. Typically, clients with a long history of opioid addiction, chronic relapse, have encouraging results because the medicine eases cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
It is important to point out that clients have options in a MAT approach. While some clients may detox with buprenorphine products, others may need a more long-term recovery plan. Regardless, clients can be safely tapered down safely and monitored by our medical team. At BriteLife, we will always personalize our addiction treatment and therapy to meet each client’s circumstances.
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
OUD is a chronic brain disorder caused by the constant use of opioids, including prescription drugs, such as oxycodone, tramadol, and street drugs like fentanyl. Opioid use disorder includes dysfunction of the brain reward scheme, motivation, memory, and related circuitry and is reflected in individuals chasing reward and/or relief by opioids. As with other chronic disorders, the clinical course of OUD includes periods of aggravation and reduction, but the individual is never disease-free.
FDA Approved Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
- Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone): a sublingual film for opioid addiction treatment used in tandem with a complete treatment plan that includes talk therapy.
- Subutex® (buprenorphine): a sublingual tablet for treatment of opioid addiction.
- Zubsolv® (buprenorphine and naloxone): a sublingual tablet for opioid addiction treatment.
- Bunavail® (buprenorphine and naloxone film): a bi-layer buccal film for treatment of opioid addiction.
- Sublocade® (buprenorphine extended-release injection): a once-a-month injection for opioid withdrawal and cravings.
- Vivitrol® (naltrexone): an extended-release injectable suspension, it is administered after detoxification and decreases the desire for opioids over the long term.
Medication Assisted Treatment at BriteLife Pennsylvania
The medication assisted treatment program is geared for adult clients who want to put a stop to life-threatening relapse. With the help of tried-and-true pharmacology, our clients can stabilize their lives. MAT programs like Suboxone treatment have turned out to be some of the most effective advances in addiction treatment in decades. MAT can help clients overcome the craving and withdrawals associated with fentanyl and other opioids. Today, the main medications used in most MAT programs include: Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Naltrexone and Vivitrol.
Created expressly for the treatment of opioid addiction, MAT includes medications and evidence-based, behavioral therapies that are intended to:
- Remove cravings and withdrawal
- Helps client integrate coping strategies and skills
- Stabilize life
- Reduce harm
If you or a loved is suffering from opioid use disorder and are ready to take a first step toward recovery, then call us today at 866-470-1464.