medication assisted treatment

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid or alcohol use disorder is one of the many treatment options available at Vertava Health Ohio. Alongside medication-assisted treatment, we offer a variety of approaches to treatment to ensure that you receive the most appropriate care for your situation. Our team is committed to listening to your concerns and taking the time to personalize a treatment plan that works for you and is effective in helping you journey towards a brighter future.

We understand that everyone’s recovery will look different and will do our best to accommodate your needs and concerns in formalizing a treatment plan. Reach out to our team to learn if this is the right treatment method for you.

At Vertava Health Ohio, our goal is to provide the most effective treatment options to our clients so you can recover as quickly as possible and reduce the risk of relapse. In order to do this, we use evidence-based practices that are effective and helpful in the recovery of many people.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based practice offered at our facility situated near Atwood Lake. Effective for opioid and alcohol addiction, MAT uses FDA-approved medications and behavioral therapy or counseling to address your substance use disorder and get you onto the path to recovery.

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If MAT becomes part of your treatment plan, you’ll work closely with our counseling team and medical professionals. Remaining engaged with our team members can help ensure that you are an active participant in treatment and recovery.

While you’re a resident with us, we’ll administer medications as outlined by your treatment plan. We will prescribe doses as they are appropriate to the patient. MAT can be an exceedingly helpful tool in addiction treatment and recovery when it is utilized properly. Our team is highly qualified to identify the challenges that addiction has caused in your life and prescribe medication accordingly. We recognize that medication is a powerful tool that requires proper supervision in order to be effective and strive to use medication in a responsible and safe manner. 

Of course, MAT by itself is not always sufficient for a well-rounded treatment program. Besides MAT, a licensed substance use or mental health therapist will also help you select appropriate behavioral therapies that will best address your needs.

At Vertava Health Ohio, we offer Vivitrol®, which is an injected form of extended-release naltrexone. Prior to your discharge, your medical team will administer this medication, which will continue working in the first month after you leave. If you ever have any concerns about the medication or effects after your discharge, feel free to contact our team. Medication can sometimes affect people in unexpected ways, and we’re here to ensure your treatment is as safe, effective, and comfortable as possible.

Before you’re discharged, we will also arrange follow-up appointments to continue Vivitrol treatment. This continuous contact not only allows you to continue effective treatment, but allows our team to monitor your progress and ensure you remain in good health. Follow up visits may also include alumni support, counseling, and therapy to assist you in sticking with the sober-living skills you learned in therapy.

We believe in healthy, supportive recovery journeys. Recovery does not end once you’re discharged. Instead, we’re here to provide support through follow-up treatment appointments, alumni support networks, and therapy. In this way, you can access lifelong support and encouragement as you practice living out sober-living skills and building yourself a better future.

How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?

The medication-assisted treatment uses medications that block cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. They can also create unpleasant side effects when someone uses opioids or alcohol. Although initially this may be an unpleasant experience, it can be helpful and effective at dissuading individuals from returning to substance use.

As you might imagine, this helps people in the early stages of recovery to avoid the risk of relapse. This can be especially useful during the beginning phase of treatment, when the substance cravings are often strongest.

During medication-assisted treatment, clients receive daily medication doses while also taking part in therapy through individual and group sessions with trained counselors and therapists. As we’ve mentioned before, daily medication is a tool that makes up part of a treatment; it’s usually accompanied by some form of therapy. While medication can be very helpful, therapy is needed to address the deeper problems of addiction and identify the factors and circumstances that have allowed for an individual to become susceptible to addictive and harmful behaviors.

At Vertava Health Ohio, we believe in providing the best quality care for everyone who needs assistance. Our use of MAT is intended to provide some relief from drug cravings, which can allow an individual to more actively participate in therapy. Dealing with drug cravings can be intense and require a lot of energy and attention. MAT is a way to alleviate some of that pressure and allow an individual to focus their energy on therapy and working through the bigger picture of their addiction.

FDA-Approved Medications For Opioid Use Disorder

If you struggle with an opioid use disorder, there are three medications that are commonly used in treatment:

  • Naltrexone: This medication blocks opioid receptors in the brain, reducing the euphoric effects of opioids. This means you’ll no longer feel good should you take the drug, and this makes resisting temptations and triggers easier.
  • Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine reduces your cravings for opioids. It tricks the brain into thinking it’s still receiving the drug and stops strong cravings associated with withdrawal.
  • Methadone: Methadone works similarly to buprenorphine. It reduces withdrawal symptoms and prevents the euphoric feeling or high.

FDA-Approved Medications For Alcohol Use Disorder

If you struggle with an alcohol use disorder, the following medications can be effective tools in the path towards recovery:

  • Disulfiram: Disulfiram causes unpleasant side effects, such as headache or vomiting, if someone consumes alcohol while taking the medication. When taken daily, this is a strong deterrent to relapse in the early stages of addiction treatment.
  • Acamprosate: Acamprosate restores the natural chemical balance in the brain, which can then reduce cravings for alcohol. It’s used for those who have already stopped drinking and are working on learning sober-living skills.
  • Naltrexone: Just as it does for opioid use disorder, naltrexone works by blocking the euphoric effects of drinking. If someone does relapse, alcohol will be less effective.

Why Do We Use Medication-Assisted Treatment?

At Vertava Health Ohio, we only choose programs that have proven success rates. This type of treatment is highly effective at helping our clients reach a full recovery. The medications used in MAT are all evidence-based treatments.

In 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse released the first long-term study of patients receiving MAT. Some important findings include:

  • The study found that after 18 months of receiving treatment, half of the participants were still drug-free.
  • After 3.5 years, the rate had risen to 61 percent, with less than 10 percent falling back into true drug dependency.

Statistics like these show that MAT is an effective option when delivered properly. In addition, these statistics combat the myth that MAT is simply switching one drug for another. Instead, they display the real results of how MAT can help people break away from drug dependency and maintain good habits after treatment.

Under the careful supervision of the staff at Vertava Health Ohio, Vivitrol can allow you to safely eliminate your dependency on opioids or alcohol.

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Addiction Treatment At Vertava Health Of Ohio

Your treatment journey is uniquely yours, and you need the right tools to succeed as you seek relief from your addiction. For some, that includes medication-assisted treatment. At Vertava Health Ohio, we’re ready to help you find success using this tool and a host of others. Contact us today to learn more about our MAT program or to start your journey toward a drug- or alcohol-free lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are medication-assisted treatments?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a method of treatment used to address substance use disorders. MAT includes a combination of behavioral therapy and medication to treat both drug or alcohol addiction. This kind of treatment can help prevent relapses and allow a patient to better engage with therapy and treatment as a whole.

What are the major components of medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment usually consists of two components: therapy and medication. Medication can help prevent relapses while therapy is an opportunity for an individual to tackle the root issues in their life that leave them vulnerable to an addiction.

What are the benefits of medication-assisted treatment?

MAT can help to greatly reduce psychological drug cravings. Drug cravings, especially at the beginning of addiction treatment, are the cause of relapses in many people. It’s difficult to effectively go through therapy when your mind is busy trying to fend off drug cravings. MAT can help ensure a more effective treatment process by freeing up the struggles that come from cravings. By helping to reduce dependence on a substance, MAT can assist individuals in reaching a long-term recovery.

Is medication-assisted treatment evidence-based?

Yes, the medications that are used in MAT are evidence-based treatments. Contrary to a common misconception, MAT is not about replacing one addiction with another. Instead, MAT utilizes a whole-patient approach to treatment, in which physical addiction and psychological dependence are both addressed and treated.