Stigma and misunderstanding about addiction can make it difficult for those struggling with substance use disorders to reach out for help. For example, many people believe that treatment that involves medication such as Suboxone is just substituting one addiction for another. However, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been proven to be an effective approach to treating addiction that can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
MAT is used in combination with other addiction therapies to treat opioid use disorder and can also promote recovery from alcohol addiction. Taking medication as prescribed can help to reduce the risk of relapse and support long-term recovery, especially since certain medications can reduce cravings and make it easier to focus on overcoming the underlying causes of addiction.
To learn more about medication-assisted treatment, contact Calvary Healing Center at 888.492.5113 or connect with us online.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
MAT is an evidence-based approach to addiction treatment that involves the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with therapy and other forms of support. While there is a range of medications that can be used in MAT, at Calvary Healing Center, MAT therapy involves the use of Suboxone.
Suboxone is made up of two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist that can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids on the brain. Opioid agonists bind to opioid receptors in the brain, which helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while opioid antagonists do not bind to opioid receptors and can reduce the effects of opioids.
Medication-assisted treatment is effective because patients often find it easier to focus on recovery when their cravings and withdrawal symptoms are reduced. MAT can also reduce the risk of relapse, as it keeps opioid receptors occupied so that opioids don’t have any effect on the brain.
How MAT Therapy Fits into Addiction Treatment
Medication-assisted treatment is not a stand-alone form of addiction treatment but rather an important part of a well-rounded program. At Calvary Healing Center, we provide MAT therapy alongside counseling and other support services to help our patients build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.
We believe that the best way to treat addiction is by taking a holistic approach. We understand that addiction is complex, and we focus on addressing all aspects of recovery, including the physical, mental, and emotional. The root causes of addiction can include past trauma, mental health concerns, and even physical concerns like chronic pain. When patients can spend more time working through these issues with the help of a therapist and less time finding relief from withdrawal symptoms, their journey to recovery is simplified.
Some of the benefits of MAT therapy include:
- Reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms
- Helping to reduce the risk of relapse
- Making it easier to focus on recovery
- Providing a strong foundation for long-term recovery
At Calvary Healing Center, we understand that every person’s journey to recovery is different. We provide personalized care in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. This approach allows us to cater to each individual’s needs and provide them with the best chance of success.
Discover the Calvary Healing Center Difference—Reach Out Today
At Calvary Healing Center, we are committed to helping those who struggle with addiction reach their recovery goals. Our MAT therapy program combines medication, counseling, and support services to provide our patients with the best chance of success.
Working through the underlying causes of addiction can be difficult, but with the help of our experienced staff, you can find hope and healing. Contact us today at 888.492.5113 or reach out online to learn more about medication-assisted treatment in our Phoenix, AZ facility.