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Garden of New Beginnings offers a Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) to clients who struggle with opiate addiction, helping to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.
What is Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the practice of using medications combined with counseling and behavioral therapy to help people with substance abuse or alcohol addictions reduce cravings, becoming proactive in their treatment. MAT is primarily used for opiod addiction treatment such as prescription pain killers, heroin or drugs that are opiate based. Research shows that a combination of counseling, therapy and medication significantly help people struggling with addiction disorders.
Addiction is not considered a chronic debilitating central nervous system disease/brain disorder and not just a social aberration, as it is usually long lasting, frequently lifelong, and often accompanied by multiple relapses, despite episodes of seeming recovery. It must further be noted that similar to other chronic illnesses, successful treatment is desired but may be difficult to obtain.
The main goal of MAT is to be able to fully recover from alcoholism and drug addiction and live a productive, healthy and happy lifestyle.
MAT has proven to provide and offer the following:
- Reduce the craving in individual’s struggling with addiction
- Decrease criminal activity
- Increase a person’s ability to obtain gainful employment
- Improve the outcomes for the birth of a child from women who have addiction disorders and are pregnant
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), use of factual based therapies in combination with FDA-approved medications can be extremely effective in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. This combination called medication assisted treatment helps those persons recovering from drug addiction and alcoholism to stay in treatment longer and have a better chance and success rate for long term recovery.
Is Medication Assisted Treatment Right For You
Typically people with a long history or severe length of opiate or alcohol addiction as well as relapse usually require longer treatment. Here at Garden of New Beginnings we understand this and have implemented a medication assisted treatment program to help you enjoy life, while paving the road to long term recovery.
We want to make sure that when you enter our medication assisted treatment program it meets your needs and is a good fit for you. We take many factors into consideration such as:
- The specific opiate/opiod drug that is being abused/frequency and length of use
- The specific type of alcohol and length of drinking history
- Complete substance abuse/alcohol history
- Complete medical history
- Stress factors /lifestyle factors
- Court ordered or legal treatment requirements
Once we have spoken with you and done a complete screening and intake process for our medicated assisted treatment program and determined it is right for you we begin a treatment consultation process that generally consists of 4 to 5 phases or stages:
- Physician /Psychiatric Consultation
- Suitability/Stability Determining
- Medication Implantation
- Medication Stabilization and Maintenance
Medications Used In MAT
There are many different medications used in our medication assisted treatment program used to treat opiod addiction and alcoholism. At Garden of New Beginnings we want to make sure we find the right medication that will work best for you and help you along the road to long term recovery.
Current comprehensive treatment of drug detoxification is a three step process as described by the US department of HHS and included evaluation, stabilization, and helping place dependent patients into appropriate treatment programs. In addition there has been a resurgence in the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), which originally started with long term federally approved methadone treatment programs which are still in existence.
Combining the long term use of the newer medications buprinorphine and naltrexone which are easily available to patients in pharmacies with behavioral therapy, MAT has been shown to greatly reduce the opiod mortality and morbidity (e.g. cravings, withdrawal overdose and relapse) which allow the addicted patient to function normally in society and the workplace on a daily basis.
Below are some of the most commonly prescribed medications we use to help you while you are in our Florida Medication Assisted Treatment Program.
- Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine is a common medication used in our medication assisted treatment program to help curb the withdrawal symptoms of opiate withdrawal as well as to help clients with severe opiate addictions find a balance with everyday life and recovery during the first few months of their treatment.
- Disulfiram – Disulfiram also commonly known as Ant-abuse is a medication used to aid in treating the disease of chronic alcoholism by producing an immediate withdrawal or sickness affect when alcohol is ingested.
- Methaedone – Methadone is typically used to treat the most severe opiate addictions as well as to help detox and bring down the levels of current patients who are on high doses of the drug so that other medications can be used to increase the chances of early recovery and sobriety.
- Naltrexone – The most commonly and main use of Naltrexone is for those clients that have severe alcoholism but can be used to treat opiate addiction if clinically appropriate.
- Naloxone – Sold under the pharmacy brand name Narcan, Naloxone is used to treat overdoses as well as to block the side effects from opiates and opiate based medication.
- Probuphine – The Probuhine implant is designed to help reduce the cravings and desire to use in those patients who have had long term opiate abuse.
- Vivitrol – Vivitrol is injected through a shot to help those clients who have struggled with long term opiate addiction reduce cravings and begin the path in early recovery, balancing everyday life and treatment.
Counseling and Behavioral Therapies With MAT
Counseling and behavioral therapies combined with medication assisted treatment help teach a person how to manage and effectively deal with triggers associated with relapse and cravings. These triggers and craving can throw a person off balance who is trying to maintain abstinence in early recovery.
At Garden of New Beginnings, we offer many different counseling approaches and therapies associated with our medication assisted treatment program. We believe that by combing medication with counseling and behavioral therapies we can increase each individual’s success in early recovery and needed for long term sobriety.
We offer the following counseling and behavioral therapies:
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Educational Counseling
- Mental Health Counseling
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Grief Counseling
- Trauma Counseling
- PTSD counseling
- Aversion Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
- System Desensitization
Initial efforts to hopefully prevent, curb or treat substance or drug abuse in teenagers should emphasize a combination of early in life strategies, including aversion or substance reducing education and community based interventions.
In addition, the use of expeditious adoption of pharmacotherapy, smoking cessation treatment, aerobic exercise/yoga/palates, spiritual, and short and long term linked cognitive behavior modification/psychological/psychiatric measures have been found to be enormously helpful.
Also considered essential are family, school, social and community reconciliation strategies rather than the simpler traditionally available, abrupt, somewhat forceful, “cold turkey” type sobriety efforts alone , which are still employed but obviously less successful in deterring or thwarting relapse in affected patients.
The Effectiveness and Benefits of MAT
Medication Assisted treatment combined with counseling and behavioral therapies has proven to be extremely effective in treating chronic alcoholics and long term opiate users. MAT significantly increases a person’s chances of not only staying and participating in their treatment program, but also in laying the groundwork necessary to achieve long term recovery.
Often when entering a treatment center, a person has had a severe substance abuse history or alcoholic past. In addition many individual’s have gone through multiple relapses; each one being worse than the one before. Garden of New Beginnings incorporates a very regimented relapse prevention program with medication assisted treatment to help ensure each individual’s well being, as well as the ability to stay in treatment and work on themselves.
Medication Assisted Treatment has many benefits such as:
- Minimized withdrawal symptoms
- Smoother transitioning to a drug and alcohol free lifestyle
- Development of social and life skills for long term recovery
- Lower relapse rate
- Solid factual evidence that MAT combined with counseling and behavioral therapy works
- Court and legal system compliance and attendance
- Lessons criminal activity
Garden of New Beginnings Medication Assisted Treatment Program
Garden of New Beginnings is proud to offer a medication assisted treatment program for those individuals who suffer from chronic alcoholism and long term opiate abuse. With over 20 years of experience in the addiction and mental health treatment field, we make every effort to ensure the best possible treatment experience during your stay with us.