Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
What is it?
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) or is the doctor-supervised use of medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, the majority of research indicates that medication assisted opioid treatment is the most successful approach for addiction therapy, drastically outperforming traditional modalities that depend on psychotherapy alone.
BriteLife Recovery deploys doctor-dispensed medication as an important element of our evidence-based treatment (EBT) program. This is a more effective and responsible approach than prescribing medication alone, and has been used effectively to treat opioid and heroin addiction.
When is Medication assisted treatment (mat) Appropriate?
Medication assisted treatment is utilized for heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription opioids. Determining if MAT care is right for you requires a full medical evaluation and appraisal of your drug history, medical circumstances, and other factors. Generally, clients with a long history of opioid use disorder and who have frequently relapsed have positive outcomes with medication assisted treatment.
It's important to mention that when it comes to the best MAT approach for each individual, clients can have significant variability. While some may detox with Suboxone or Buprenorphine, others may need a more long-term approach. Either way, clients can be safely tapered and monitored under medical supervision.
At BriteLife Recovery, we help clients battling opioid addiction. We will always customize our addiction therapy to best meet each client’s individual needs.
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
OUD is a chronic brain disorder caused by the persistent use of opioids. Opioids include prescription drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, and street drugs, such as heroin. Some attributes of OUD includes dysfunction of the brain reward system, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. It is often reflected in individuals chasing reward and/or experiencing relief upon drug intake. As with other chronic diseases, the clinical course of OUD includes periods of aggravation and reduction, but the individual is never disease-free.
FDA Approved Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
- Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone): a sublingual film for opioid addiction treatment used in tandem with a comprehensive treatment plan that includes psychotherapy.
- Subutex® (buprenorphine): a sublingual tablet for treatment of opioid addiction.
- Zubsolv® (buprenorphine and naloxone): a sublingual tablet for opioid addiction treatment.
- Bunavail® (buprenorphine and naloxone film): a bi-layer buccal film for treatment of opioid addiction.
- Sublocade® (buprenorphine extended-release injection): a once-a-month injection for opioid withdrawal and cravings.
- Vivitrol® (naltrexone): an extended-release injectable administered after detoxification which decreases the long term desire for opioids
- Methadone: offered in pill and dissolving wafer forms, it lessens the painful symptoms of heroin and opioid withdrawal
Medication Assisted Treatment at BriteLife Recovery
The BriteLife Medication Assisted Treatment program is designed for adult patients who want to put an end to life-threatening relapse. In fact, it is one of the best addiction treatments for those addicted to opioids whose objective is to attain long-term recovery. With the aid of evidence-based medicine, our clients can reach positive results and stabilize their lives. Most importantly, MAT programs like Suboxone treatment have become some of the most valuable forms of addiction treatment in decades. MAT incorporation can help clients overcome cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. Today, the primary medications used in most MAT programs include: Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Naltrexone and Vivitrol. Our MAT program is available at our Hilton Head, South Carolina location, as well as, our Hanover, Pennsylvania campus.
Created expressly for the treatment of opioid addiction, MAT includes both specific medications and behavioral therapies that are intended to: