Medication-Assisted Treatment: Which Medications Are Used to Detox

Medication-Assisted Treatment: Which Medications Are Used to Detox

When considering what type of treatment to seek for substance use disorder (SUD) or opioid use disorder (OUD), medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can be a great option. While this treatment is most effective for those with an OUD, it can still help others in recovery.

The first question you may have is: what is MAT? MAT uses FDA-approved medications with other counseling and behavioral therapies to help those with a SUD or OUD detox. This program is set up to help with withdrawal symptoms and lower the dangers that come with it. Healing Pines Recovery offers this treatment option for our clients. Our professional staff is there to guide you through this process and create a safe environment.

How Can MAT Help With OUD Recovery?

Medication-assisted treatment can be highly effective for recovery for those who struggle with an OUD. MAT is helpful for those with an OUD because it dramatically lowers the health risks that can occur when discontinuing the use of an opioid. Along with treating clients through MAT, it is common to pair this treatment with other counseling and behavioral therapies to receive optimal results.

To fully understand how MAT can help those with an OUD, you must understand the dangers of using opioids. First, the use of opioids can lead to the development of physical and psychological dependency. Opioids change the chemistry of the brain, and when this happens, it leads to tolerance and then dependence. Those dependent on opioids can then experience dangerous physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal when the use of the substance is discontinued.

Some individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous and even deadly if not treated properly. At Healing Pines Recovery, we use medication-assisted treatment to avoid these dangers. This treatment eases physical and mental distress in a safe, supervised environment with high-quality care. Using this treatment method also lessens the intense psychological cravings one might experience throughout detox. Medical professionals also administer this type of treatment, so there is no need to worry about dosing.

The Medications Used in MAT Treatment

Other questions that you may have about medication-assisted treatment may be which medications are used and which are safe.

All medications used are FDA-approved and certified. The medicines used can vary based on the substance the individual is detoxing from. This form of treatment can also help those recovering from alcohol dependency, which will have a different list of medications used. Some of the medications for alcohol dependency include:

  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram
  • Acamprosate

Those who are seeking to manage an opioid dependency through the use of MAT have a different set of medications that can include:

  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine

While these are just some of the medications used in MAT, other medications are still used; however, options may vary depending on the treatment facility. A medical professional will decide which to prescribe based on your individual needs.

No one medication will help everyone, as each case is different. While someone may react well to a specific prescription, another may not, so it will truly depend on how your body reacts. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has also published an article that contains further information on what other medications are used and what they can help treat.

How Healing Pines Recovery Uses MAT

At Healing Pines Recovery, we use medication-assisted treatment to help our clients who have developed more severe addictions, such as opioid or alcohol dependencies. We believe this is a vital part of treatment for some, and with that proper attention, it can be handled safely. Healing Pines Recovery provides you with help and guidance from expert medical professionals.

While having a team of medical professionals, we also have years of proven experience with MAT. Our professionals will administer the medications provided, and you will have access to help at all times. At Healing Pines Recovery, we created a safe space where recovery is a priority, and so is your overall health and safety.

As well as providing our clients with MAT, we also offer the proper counseling and behavioral therapies paired with MAT. Other programs offered are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). These two therapy options help you receive the best results when using MAT.

Trying to manage an opioid or alcohol dependency can seem impossible, and like there is no long-term success. However, through medication-assisted treatment and other therapy programs, Healing Pines Recovery can provide you with the hope that long-term recovery is within your grasp. With a team of professionals there to guide you through this process, the dangers of withdrawal are minimized. Not only does Healing Pines Recovery care about your success, but we also provide you with a healthy life free of substances and equip you with the skills needed to prevent relapse.

Medication-assisted treatment is an ideal treatment option for those that are struggling with substance use disorders like alcohol and and opioid use disorders. The medications that are used in this treatment are all FDA-certified and administered by medical professionals.

While detox can pose some dangers, Healing Pines Recovery is there to make sure that they are minimal. Providing you with a safe space to detox and recover is one of the goals Healing Pines Recovery seeks to meet.

If you are struggling with a SUD or OUD and identify as male, do not hesitate to reach out to Healing Pines Recovery today at (720) 575-2621, where you can get expert help and care.

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