Medication Assisted Treatment

What is Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T.)?

According to SAMHSA, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA- approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Dynamics have now been changing in the approach healthcare providers are taking towards the opioid epidemic. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs are gaining increasing popularity and recognition as an effective way to aide patients on their path of sobriety. Many of the insurance providers, who were not too long ago skeptical, have now embraced the idea of MAT and even promote it as a part of patient care. By being placed on long-term “maintenance” doses of opiates, such as Subutex/Suboxone, the patient is able to have a temporary “crutch” which will aide them in fighting cravings and moving towards their long-term goals.

We, at Rehab South Florida, are offering a personalized recovery program to those who suffer from chronic alcoholism or severe opioid abuse and addiction. RSF is going to be opening one of the first MAT programs in the state of Florida. This program is going to be driven by Evidence-Based Medicine, with all of its treatment regimens being individually tailored for each patient, and their specific case.

While MAT is an integral portion of what RSF offers, it is not all encompassing. RSF is going to serve as the next level of care for an individual who is attempting to maintain sobriety. Patients would arrive to the facility after completing their inpatient detoxification/ medical clearance.

Medication assisted treatment is the combination of using prescription medications such as: subutex/suboxone, and vivitrol with counseling and behavioral therapies to help individuals who chronically relapse, learn to manage cravings and stay in treatment.

As previously mentioned, the FDA has approved several different medications to treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence. A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid.

Research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability.

MAT reduces the cravings many people experience when trying to get sober for the first time or after a relapse. Many times, these cravings can interfere with a person’s ongoing treatment and may be the catalyst for a relapse. Our program teaches individuals how to manage their cravings as well as how to balance everyday life with their own recovery.

Under the direct care and supervision of our on-site medical team, Rehab South Florida only administers those medications that have been found to be most beneficial in treating chronic alcoholism and severe opiate addiction.

The main goal of our MAT program is for each client to participate as quickly and as comfortably as they can in our daily treatment schedule. We make every effort to ensure each client’s progress and comfort during you stay with us.