QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT?
At Integra Health, we endorse a medical model in treating Substance Use Disorders and use Treatment-Centered Protocols supporting the idea that addiction is not about drugs, it’s about the brain. As a chronic disease of the brain we support and educate our patients toward efficacy based tools that help in recovery. Through clear medical understanding that medication alone may not be enough for recovery we support comprehensive care which includes Chemical Dependence Counseling and Behavioral Health treatment.
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is being used in response to the epidemic of opioid (prescription painkillers and heroin) use disorders (also known as addiction) and the rising death toll from accidental opioid overdoses. Following are some questions that are frequently asked about MAT for opioid use disorders.
What exactly is medication-assisted treatment?
Why is the use of MAT in the treatment of opioid use disorders so urgent?
Do people with opioid use disorders face special risks in treatment and recovery?
Who is eligible for MAT and who makes this decision?
What will be required of MAT participants?
Which medications are used in this form of treatment, and what are the relative benefits and risks?
In addition to Vivitrol and Suboxone, what are other elements of a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment program?
What are the costs associated with MAT?
How do you explain keeping someone on a drug when what we really want is to get our loved one off of everything?
Why are you recommending that my loved one who is trying to get off of pills or heroin continue to take pills, even something like Suboxone which is an opioid?
If my loved one is taking medication, how can he or she be sober?
How does one know if MAT is the right choice?
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