How Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Help
According to the Center for Disease Control, 88,000 people die of alcohol-related deaths and 70,000 from drug overdoses each year. New Vista provides a comprehensive Substance Use Recovery program, which offers therapy and psychiatric care along with case management and peer support services. They are also able to offer additional services due to their training and accreditations. Both genetics and habits play a role in how the brain is wired when it comes to addiction.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
For years, medical professionals have been helping patients overcome addictions with medically assisted treatments that block areas of the brain that control addiction. For example, the drug naloxone can block the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor in the brain, which reduces the desire to drink. And in the same way, methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone can be used to combat Opioid addictions.
According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Medication-assisted treatment is used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies under the direct supervision of trained and regulated practitioners. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. Learn about many of the substance use disorders that MAT is designed to address.1
The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the adverse effects of the abused drug. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs. Combining medications used in MAT with anxiety treatment medications can be fatal. Types of anxiety treatment medications include derivatives of Benzodiazepine, such as Xanax or valium.1
Federal law requires patients who receive treatment in an OTP (Opioid Treatment Programs) to receive medical, counseling, vocational, educational, and other assessment and treatment services, in addition to prescribed medication. The law allows MAT professionals to provide treatment and services in a range of settings, including hospitals, correctional facilities, offices, and remote clinics.1
MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for these individuals. MAT provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy. MAT also includes support services that address the needs of most patients.1
The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. This treatment approach has been shown to:
. Improve patient survival
. Increase retention in treatment
. Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
. Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
. Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant
. Research also shows that these medications and therapies can contribute to lowering a person’s risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C by reducing the potential for relapse. Learn more about substance misuse and how it relates to HIV, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis.1
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. And 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.1
The path to change is not one you have to travel alone. New Vista professionals provide individual, family and group counseling. We use evidence-based treatment to help clients achieve their fullest potential.
About New Vista
New Vista is a Community Mental Health Center providing clinical services to nearly 25,000 adults, children, and families in 17 Central Kentucky counties. New Vista is a mission-driven nonprofit working with the communities to develop innovative programs to respond rapidly to both individual and community needs.
If you or a loved one needs help with substance use services, please call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1.800.928.8000.
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1. SAMSHA, (2017). Medication Assisted Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Dept of Health and Human Services, https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment