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Overcoming addiction with medication assisted treatment


Attending a residential care program for the treatment of substance abuse can help to reduce the rate of relapse. In fact, a study published in Addiction found that individuals struggling with an alcohol use disorder who attended a residential care program were more likely to be in remission after three years, while those who did not were more likely to experience relapse.

There are a variety of treatment options available within the best residential care programs. Individual counseling, group therapy, medication assisted treatment, and 12-step programs are all examples of treatment options that can be effective in treating alcohol use disorder and substance abuse.

In the case of opioids, benzodiazepine drugs, and prescription pain relievers containing opiates, medication assisted treatment is an effective and sometimes necessary method that can help individuals overcome addiction and prevent relapse. You can learn more about medication assisted treatment below.

What is medication assisted treatment (MAT)?

Medication assisted treatment combines cognitive behavioral therapy, residential and/or intensive outpatient care, and the use of medication to treat substance use disorders and prevent overdose. This method is used for the treatment of addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates, and alcohol.

How does medication assisted treatment work?

Medication assisted treatment combines the most effective therapy methods with the most effective medications for substance abuse and helps to ease the difficult and sometimes life-threatening symptoms of detox and withdrawal. To do this, medications are prescribed and administered by a doctor or other medical professional.

Easing withdrawal symptoms is one way medication assisted treatment can help individuals dealing with a substance use disorder recover successfully and remain in remission. By easing withdrawal symptoms, individuals are able to detox safely under the careful observation of a medical professional.

Medication is also used to eliminate or significantly reduce the strong cravings associated with substance use. Finally, therapy teaches crucial life skills and relapse prevention skills, allows individuals to examine why and how their substance use has developed and has continued, and how to engage in and maintain recovery.

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Who should receive medication assisted treatment?

Withdrawal from addictive substances can be difficult and life threatening, particularly when it comes to opioids, benzodiazepine drugs (benzos), prescription pain relievers containing opiates, and alcohol. This is why it’s necessary for individuals who are addicted to these substances to receive treatment in a residential care setting where 24/7 monitoring and a variety of treatment methods and therapy is available. Because withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening, it’s important that individuals never attempt to detox on their own.

How do I know if I need medication assisted treatment?

If you or someone you know struggles with a substance use disorder, contact one of our counseling centers. We have locations in Central Florida and Tennessee where our counselors specialize in substance abuse recovery and residential care programs.

Medication assisted treatment can help you overcome addiction. If you have questions about substance abuse recovery, residential care treatment, or medication assisted treatment, our counselors are ready to help.

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