What You Need to Know About Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication assisted treatment entails the use of counseling in conjunction with medications and behavioral therapies. Clinicians use this method (MAT) when treating substance abuse disorders and in helping treat opioid addicted persons. Opioids generally fall under the category of pain relievers that contain opiates and heroin. When an addiction occurs, medically assisted treatment is the best solution to aid recovery.
Opioids, legally prescribed, are done so to help patients relieve moderate to severe pain symptoms. A patient’s pain can be the result of surgery, an accident, or the body’s aging process. Unfortunately, some patients develop an addiction even when taking pain medications as prescribed by their doctor.
What to Expect
Getting started….It begins with a phone call or email. Our friendly and knowledgeable intake coordinators can walk prospective patients or their loved ones through a series of simple questions to determine whether one is appropriate for care, determine insurance eligibility and describe next steps. They also cover important information about program costs and payment options including Medicaid, Medicare, most commercial insurance plans as well as self-pay.
Intake assessment is next. It can typically be scheduled within a few days. This comprehensive medical and behavioral health intake process includes a physical exam, bloodwork, urine drug test and comprehensive chemical dependency assessment. It takes a few hours and results in a diagnosis and recommendation for treatment or referral.
If appropriate, treatment often begins the next day. A medical appointment is scheduled and the patient begins the first stage of treatment – Induction. This medically supervised induction process may take place in the clinic or at home. It is followed by a next-day follow-up visit. Behavioral healthcare is also scheduled for the patient.
The next stage of treatment is designed to help patients become stabilized on their medication. It includes weekly medical visits including urine drug tests. These weekly follow-up visits will continue until the treating physician determines that the patient has progressed sufficiently to move to a bi-weekly schedule. Behavioral health counseling – both individual and / or group sessions are part of this program.
When the patient has successfully completed the stabilization stage of their program, they may move to a monthly follow-up visit supplemented by behavioral health counseling. This length of this stage is determined by both the physician and patient. It differs from person to person.
Taper from medication is the next part of medication assisted treatment. It is closely supervised by the medical team and is an individualized plan. Behavioral health support is frequently increased during this stage of treatment to deal with anxiety and ensure success.
Aftercare for sober living and life-time recovery is the final part of treatment. Individual and group counseling and community based support are all important elements of facilitating long-term change.
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