At High Focus Centers, we know the road to long-term recovery from substance abuse is a long and challenging one. To tackle this, our team has embraced a philosophy which utilizes various therapeutic, holistic, and medical interventions to increase each patient’s chances of success. And, if it is appropriate, our treatment team may recommend Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT.
What is Medication Assisted Treatment?
Medication Assisted Treatment approaches utilize approved medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings during the treatment of substance use disorders. When used in combination with other treatment techniques, such as counseling and behavioral therapy, it has been shown to reduce rates of relapse and improve chances of long-term recovery. MAT is an increasingly common type of treatment, particularly for patients suffering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, and other opiates.
If a patient is deemed appropriate for MAT treatment, the physicians and medical staff at High Focus Centers safely and ethically prescribe and administer approved medications and closely monitor their use. Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex) helps to eliminate the suffering of withdrawal during opioid detoxification, while Naltrexone (Vivitrol) blocks the euphoric effects of any opioids an individual may ingest. These methods have proven effective in helping patients remain relapse free during the beginning stages of treatment, allowing them a fighting chance for a successful recovery.
It is important to note that medically managed detox is only part of the MAT process. Behavioral therapy and counseling is also a required part of treatment, intended to help patients overcome their addictive tendencies and get to the root cause of their substance use.
High Focus Centers offers MAT at different levels of care within its continuum. Each patient is assessed to determine which specific program best fits their needs. The length of treatment also varies based on each individual’s progress.
Is MAT right for you?
If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, MAT may be an ideal treatment option.
Clients who feel they are an appropriate candidate for MAT can meet with a licensed clinician for an assessment. Patients that participate in High Focus Centers programs are eligible to to meet with a team doctor and determine if MAT is right for them.