Long Term MAT Addiction Treatment

What Is MAT?

The definition of MAT according to Samhsa, is Medication-assisted therapy (MAT), this is in relation to opioid treatment programs. It combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. There are a few main prescribed medication used in MAT therapy, but their goals are all the same: help the individual not experience the cravings associated with opioids and opiate drug abuse. The relapse rate for clients even after successfully completing a drug rehab are too high, so it is important for addiction treatment centers to take other methodologies into consideration while treating clients for a substance abuse disorder. There are too many overdose deaths to not be trying new therapies for clients who are continuously relapsing. MAT Treatment is the most successful intervention for opioid use disorder.

According to Drugabuse.gov Less than ½ of drug rehabs utilize a MAT program for addiction treatment. Even with ½ of privately funded addiction treatment centers offering a MAT program, only around ⅓ of clients are getting this type of drug addiction treatment.

At Stepping Sober Recovery Center, we take pride in providing our clients with the option to receive MAT Therapy for addiction treatment if this option goes along with their individualized treatment program.

Infographic MAT Treatment for Drug Rehab

Main Medications Used with MAT Substance Abuse Treatment

MAT programming has been around for years, as seen in the above statistics, it is not a common therapy used throughout the drug rehab industry. The conversation however, on MAT treatment is changing. With America currently in a State of Emergency because of the opioid addiction problem, treatment centers and drug rehabs are scrambling to find treatment that reduces relapse rates. Stepping Sober Recovery Center knows MAT Drug Rehab can help. Out of all relapse rates, MAT has been proven to reduce relapse rates by 50%-61%. Those are more of the type of numbers we like to see, MAT treatment saves lives.

The leading medications known in MAT Treatment are Buprenorphine (which is one of the two ingredients in Suboxone and Subutex, also known as subs), Naloxone (also known as Narcan), Vivitrol, Methadone, and there are many more.

Buprenorphine: Is an opiate based medication used to treat heroin and other opioid based addictions in the setting of medical supervision. The pharmacological and safety profile of this medication makes it attractive treatment for clients who may be addiction to heroin or opiates.

Vivitrol: A monthly injection used to curb the opioid receptors in the brain, used often in opioid treatment programs and alcohol addiction rehab.

Methadone: Is another opioid medication used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms in people addiction to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high”.

Subs: The shortened name for Subutex or Suboxone. These are the brand names associated with Buprenorphine. These are opioid based meds with buprenorphine as the predominant ingredient.

Naloxone: Is usually sold under the brand name Narcan and is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose cases.

Drug Fact* In drug heavy cities, police are said to be administering Narcan up to 20 times per shift.

Methadone and Subs are similar in the aspect that they are administered daily in long-term MAT therapy. Both are narcotics that are used to treat opioid dependency with the option to eventually taper off the substance in order to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal experiences. Long-term MAT with the use of these medications goes with the goal of sustained sobriety because these medications are blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and the doses given are so low there is no euphoric effect from the medication.

These methods are life saving because drug users can turn to a regulated medication instead of an unknown substance if the only effect they’re seeking is to stop the withdrawal symptoms.

Vivitrol is a slightly different prescription medication when it comes to administration and concept. Vivitrol is a monthly administered prescription injection that works in the brain to block not only the effects of opioids, but also alcohol. An individual who has received the Vivitrol injection cannot experience the euphoric feeling associated with getting high on heroin and prescription opioids or experience the effects of drinking.


Therapies Used with MAT Addiction Treatment

Just as there are a variety of medications that go along with a Medication Assisted Drug Rehab Treatment Program, the same idea is behind the therapeutic side of this treatment type. MAT stands for Medication Assisted Therapy, so the idea behind any type of long term medicated maintenance program is to have it correlate directly with the therapy that is being received.

Some of the most common therapeutic programming we offer at Stepping Sober Recovery Center for addiction treatment are cognitive behavioral health (CBH), co-occurring disorder treatment, EMDR Trauma, couples therapy, family systems, pet therapy, art therapy, recreational therapy, these therapies are in group and individual settings.

How Do the 12 Steps and MAT Coexist?

There is a saying in AA that says,  “AA members should not give medical advice to each other.” This has been a philosophy that has been around since the beginning of AA and the other 12-Step programs. If anyone, at anytime in the rooms has a negative outlook of MAT Treatment, that is the only response that should be given.

Medication Applied Therapy Programs are administered by a Doctor and the licensed therapists. The therapists are giving the counseling and therapy care programming, while the medical team is administering the medication. These are the only people who should be advising an individual on treatment for an opioid use disorder. Each individual has unique needs, each client is treated with a customized MAT treatment program specific to them.

When people are unsure of something, there is usually a negative connotation surrounding the subject matter. Most people have never heard of MAT Treatment, or have no personal experience on the matter. Be mindful to trust a medical opinion over those of people who misunderstand the ideas behind new addiction treatment ideas. Medication Assisted Drug Rehabs are saving lives nationwide, and when it comes to battling against addiction the answer is not clear cut.  

The conversation is changing nationwide as we recognize all the issues surrounding the drug epidemic.


MAT at Stepping Sober

Medical Assisted Treatment Therapy for addiction treatment at Stepping Sober Recovery Center has two parts. The first part being the administered medication, and the second being the therapy that goes with the medication. At Stepping Sober Recovery Center we take pride in having top notch clinicians that can help clients heal their whole life starting with the body, and then moving over to the mind and spirit. Having a therapeutically managed MAT program ensures that recovery is the main goal and that these medications are not being abused.

Even though Methadone was previously mentioned as a MAT medication, we at Stepping Sober prefer Sub Maintenance and Vivitrol as our methods of MAT for Drug Rehab. We do not administer Methadone to any of our clients, but feel because it is such a widely used treatment we should bring it into the discussion.


Medical Assisted Therapy for Drug Rehab


How Medication Assisted Treatment for Heroin Addiction Can Help

At Stepping Sober Recovery Center we approach each individual’s situation with a non-judgemental attitude when it comes to addiction treatment. We know that relapse happens and we understand everyone has their unique situations and personalities and this is why customized drug rehab programs are so crucial in order to sustain a prolonged recovery.

We see MAT programming extremely successful when it comes to clients who have been in and out of drug rehabs various times in the past or recent years. By blocking the cravings and receiving therapeutic care at the same time, MAT programs have high success rates and low relapse rates. When it comes down to saving lives to overdoses, we are ready to use any therapy that can aid in overdose prevention.

Stepping Sober Recovery Center’s Medication Assisted Drug Rehab is provided on a case by case basis for those who have been approved through our medical screening. We have our medical team take each client’s situation into close consideration before making their recommendation on MAT programming.

If you or someone you know is sick and tired of being sick and tired due to this horrible disease of addiction, we can help. At Stepping Sober we offer customized treatment programming according to each client’s individual needs.

To learn more call us now at: (800) 518-5205.