Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Charlotte, NC measurably improves a patient’s chances of success. By relieving cravings and discomfort, patients are far less likely to succumb to relapse and can direct their energy into recovery. Scientific studies have shown MAT to be one of the most effective opioid treatment options Harmony Health Group treatment centers offer. That makes it a logical and essential component of our evidence-based care philosophy
The MAT medications people are most familiar with are usually used for opioid addiction. They are buprenorphine and naloxone, usually in combination, sometime known by the brand name, Suboxone. Buprenorphine is a long-acting synthetic opioid that lacks the powerful euphoric effect of opioids which are often abused. It is this component which helps abate withdrawal symptoms in detox and control cravings when used in an MAT setting. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which helps prevent buprenorphine from being used in ways other than prescribed. Naloxone is also the active agent in the lifesaving medication Narcan, which is used to arrest opioid overdose.
People usually associate MAT with IOP treatment for opioids. However, it has proven a successful component of alcohol treatment programs too. In fact, all forms of drug and alcohol treatments see improved outcomes when MAT is included. Medication Assisted Treatment is about more than just medicine though. MAT is a system that includes guidance and psychotherapy. All these components work together to support recovery. MAT is especially effective in early recovery and for people who have been to treatment more than once.
MAT is popular for a number of reasons, but the biggest perhaps is simply that it delivers results. As the U.S. has undergone an explosive opioid abuse epidemic over the past 20 years, the demand for effective treatment has grown alongside it. The potential lethality of opioid addiction makes getting it right all that more important. Many may only get one shot at recovery, so they need absolutely every advantage available. When lives are at stake, there is no time for negativity or judgement. The fact is that MAT works and it saves lives. Period.
Research shows MAT is effective. It substantially improves a patients’ chances of staying in treatment and continuing recovery. MAT programs help in early recovery. They can subdue cravings and lower the chance of relapse, especially when opioid blockers are included. Perhaps most importantly, they buy the patient time and breathing room to grow in their recovery. At Harmony Health Group, we believe every person deserves to have access to the tools which will give them the best possible shot at recovery. As evidence-based care increasingly becomes the standard in substance abuse treatment, MAT has become more popular than ever. Harmony Health Group provides all our MAT clients with a definitive plan to reach their recovery goals.
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