Answering Common Questions about Treatment Medication

Diablo Valley Treatment on January 18, 2018

Medication-assisted treatment is a relatively new method of treating dependence and addiction. But, it’s effective, and helps thousands of people get off the drugs or medications they are dependent upon each year. Since this type of treatment is fairly new, it’s common to have some unanswered questions, even when you have already chosen to attempt recovery with treatment medication. In this article, we will answer some common questions many have about medically assisted treatment so that you’re more prepared and know what to expect from treatment.

What is Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Opioid prescriptions and alcohol, while often legally consumed, can lead to the development of dependence. But, often, individuals can’t leave their homes for lengthy amounts of time to stay in residential treatment facilities. Medically assisted treatment is a way to detox from opioids or alcohol without staying in a residential facility. Medications are provided to individuals so that effects of withdrawal aren’t as severe, and individuals can detox from home. While support and resources are available, individuals aren’t required to live at the recovery facility. And, many are successful in obtaining sobriety in this way.

What is the Treatment Medication Used During MAT?

Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services MAT offer two types of medications for detoxification. These two medications offer the least number of side effects and are the most effective in helping individuals dependent on opioids and alcohol to get the help they need. Treatment medication for MAT includes:

Vivitrol: This medication includes the active ingredient, naltrexone. It’s used in the detoxification of both opioids and alcohol. Naltrexone works to help individuals dependent on both opioids and alcohol by blocking receptors in the brain which, when stimulated by either substance, release dopamine. Dopamine is the reason individuals experience euphoria when using substances. So, even if individuals try to take their drug of choice while taking Vivitrol, they won’t experience the effects they’re looking for. Vivitrol, instead of a pill taken by mouth daily, is a once-monthly injection medication. While it blocks opioids receptors, it also helps to reduce cravings, making staying sober a bit easier for those who utilize this method.

Suboxone: This medication is made up of both naltrexone and buprenorphine. So, it contains the opioid receptor medication which makes “getting high” from opioids or alcohol unavailable to those who use it. Since buprenorphine is included, which is an opioid itself, many may think this medication is addictive. But, if used as prescribed, it’s non-habit forming. Buprenorphine is included to help reduce withdrawal symptoms so that individuals can comfortably detox without putting their recovery at risk by relapse.

Is Treatment Medication Effective in Helping People get Sober?

Yes. Studies show that individuals who utilize medically assisted treatment for opioid or alcohol abuse have a high chance of obtaining sobriety and successful recovery. Additionally, utilizing treatment medication allows individuals to have a higher chance of not relapsing, which more than half of individuals in recovery will succumb to at one point or another.

Choosing Medically Assisted Treatment as Your Recovery Path

If you think that medically assisted treatment may be the outlet of treatment to help you get and stay sober, it’s time to take your life back from dependence! Here at our facility, our doctor can help you to determine the best method of treatment per your needs and desires. And, help you come up with an individualized treatment plan and schedule. To learn more about medically assisted treatment and treatment medication, call us today at 925-289-1430.