Medication Assisted Treatment
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that cannot be cured, but it can be managed in a way that helps individuals return to a healthy and productive life. People can’t just quit addiction – they need sustained help.
Kentucky Mental Health Care professionals can help you in overcoming your substance abuse or opioid addiction. They will work with you to understand your previous treatment experiences, medical conditions, and other aspects that relate to your individualized care.
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Designed to meet the needs of each person, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medication combined with counseling for treating opioid addiction such as prescription pain relievers and heroin. At KMHC we utilize Suboxone (Buprenorphine/naloxone) for the majority of these patients, but we have seen success with other medications listed below.
These prescription medications work to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, alleviate physiological cravings, and normalize bodily functions without the adverse effects of the previously abused drug(s).
Research shows that a combination of medication(s) and therapy can effectively treat these disorders. Medication Assisted Treatment may help maintain a sober lifestyle and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This therapeutic approach has been shown to:
- Improve patient survival
- Increase treatment retention
- Reduce the use of illicit opiates and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
- Increase the ability of patients to obtain and retain employment
- Improve birth outcomes for women with substance use disorders and are pregnant
Types of Medication
The most common drugs used in the Medication Treatment of opioid dependence are Suboxone and Methadone. Sometimes another medicine called naltrexone is used. We also have the ability to administer the Vivitrol shot. You can find out more by calling us to schedule an appointment with a medical professional.
Suboxone reduces cravings and helps fool the brain into thinking the illicit drug is still being used. The person taking medicine feels normal, not high, and withdrawal does not occur. This medication can be a pill or a sublingual tablet/film placed under the tongue. Kentucky Mental Health Care doctors have special authorization to prescribe and monitor the use of Suboxone.
Methadone induces the brain into believing that it is continuing to take the drug it has abused. The person does not lift and feels normal, so withdrawal does not take place.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should tell their treatment provider before taking methadone. It is the only drug used in Medication-Assisted Treatment approved for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Naltrexone works differently from methadone and buprenorphine in treating opioid dependence. If a person who uses naltrexone relapses and uses the drug they have abused, naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of the drug being used and prevents feelings of euphoria
How does our MAT work?
Medication-Assisted Treatment consists of administering very specific medications at very specific doses, tailored to the patient receiving them. The medication does not mimic the effects of the addictive drug, as is generally believed. Instead, these medications treat the withdrawal symptoms that occur due to the discontinuation of the addictive drug.
The psychological dependency that develops as a result of addiction is also reduced by taking medication. It creates a situation where the body can slowly repair itself and normalize its systems to a pre-addictive stage.
MAT has been widely proven to reduce the need for drug addiction services significantly. Supplemented with behavioral and cognitive therapy, MAT can lead to a full recovery from addiction. Patient survival rates and resistance to relapse are greatly improved by MAT.
Kentucky Mental Health Care Medication Assisted Treatment Program
The Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program is available at Kentucky Mental Health Care. It is specifically designed & dedicated to helping people recover from Opioid Use Disorder with the use of intensive counseling and medication.
Contact us today if you or your loved one needs assistance in dealing with drug addiction. We’ll help you find the treatment that is right for you.