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Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment is a calculated balance of FDA-approved medications, behavioral therapies, and counseling that serves as one of the most effective treatment options for people struggling with substance use disorder. This approach focuses on the “whole person,” and allows individuals to get well through traditional therapy models while having their withdrawal symptoms and cravings mitigated with a medication program.

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The FDA has approved MAT as treatment for:

Some long-term drug addictions create a physical dependence where the body relies on the presence of the drug to function as intended. If a person were to quit using these drugs suddenly they will experience intense and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Through the use of MAT, a recovery plan is formulated to slowly taper off the substances causing the dependency in a way that is both safe and effective, while also providing an optimal level of comfort and protection against withdrawal symptoms.

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Medications used in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Anchored Tides Recovery works with medical professionals who assess the individual’s specific needs and prescribe, administer, and monitor medication usage in accordance with a customized recovery plan.

3 types of medications approved by the FDA to mitigate Opioid Dependence:

Methadone

Interacts with receptors in the brain and nervous system to simultaneously block the euphoric effects of opioids and while minimizing the discomfort from opiate withdrawal..

Buprenorphine

Acts similarly as an opioid, but weaker. The medication partially binds to receptors and works to block and limit the effects of opioids. This also creates an uncomfortable reaction when new opioids are introduced to the bloodstream, which helps to decrease desire and drug cravings.

Naltrexone

This medication, is typically only administered once a month,is designed to have a prolonged effect of lessens drug cravings, alleviates symptoms of withdrawal, and protects against overdose.

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Common medications used in MAT to mitigate Alcohol Dependence

Disulfiram

Administered as a once-a-day tablet, this medication is most effective for someone who already has completed a medical detoxification program. Disulfiram acts as a deterrent for relapse by producing unpleasant effects if the user consumes any alcohol.

Naltrexone

This medication works the same way for alcohol as it does against opiates, blocking the euphoric effects of the drug to prevent cravings and alleviate symptoms of withdrawal.

Acamprosate

This medication works once the person has abstained from any drug use for a few days, and acts to reduce cravings and increase the chances of maintaining abstinence.

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Medication Alone Is Not Treatment

Medication is a useful tool for recovery and helps many people through the detoxification process and to continue to maintain sobriety. MAT has been proven to be the most effective treatment option against substance use disorder, but the medication aspect is only part of the treatment. 

 

These medications are most effective as an aid in support of counseling, behavioral therapies, support groups, and other treatment options provided by treatment facilities.

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