The Well Recovery Center Now Offers Medicine Assisted Treatment (MAT) For Opioid Addiction
The Well Recovery Center now offers the medicine assisted treatment known as buprenorphine, the active ingredient in the brand names Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv and others. Some of the above listed brand names also contain naloxone, the opioid overdose life-saving ingredient found in the popular drug Narcan.
What Is Medicine Assisted Treatment (MAT) and What Are the Benefits?
Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT), commonly referred to medicine assisted treatment (MAT) operates on the principle of “harm reduction”. ORT provides men and women suffering from opioid and/or heroin addiction a legitimate form of medication that helps to reduce cravings, minimizes withdrawal symptoms and blocks the feelings of euphoria that accompanies opioid use and abuse.
Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) typically refers to methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltrexone (Vivitrol and ReVia). Each treatment comes with its own benefits and potential problems and thus, men and women who suffer from opioid addiction should consult with a physician to learn more about which is most appropriate for them.
The Well Recovery Center now offers buprenorphine as an ongoing maintenance treatment for men and women who are appropriate candidates. Learn more about the Advantages and Disadvantages of Suboxone for Treating Opioid Addiction.
How is Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) Administered?
Opioid Replacement Therapy is an outpatient therapy that’s administered and/or prescribed by a licensed physician in a clinical setting and is typically coupled by a requirement to undergo individual and/or group counseling. Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex and Zubsolv) are prescribed in an appropriate dosage after an proper evaluation by a physician.
Stigma Associated with Suboxone and Medicine Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Suboxone and methadone in particular are considered controversial by less than educated individuals who feel that MAT patients are simply “replacing one drug (or addiction) with another”. However, many who make this statement typically confuse the terms “addiction” and “dependence”.
Addiction has to do with a cognitive compulsion and urge that’s created in the brain, making resisting a particular substance or activity seem and/or feel impossible. Dependency is the body’s physical reliance to a particular mind-altering substance so much so that without it, the body will go into shock and experience withdrawal symptoms.
The reality is however, that in a controlled environment, buprenorphine and methadone are very safe and at lower doses, nobody will become addicted to it. They will however, become dependent on it with ongoing use. This is why a slow taper is strongly recommended medication.
How Long is Buprenorphine Required?
There is no length of time that buprenorphine should be taken and/or is required. However deciding how and when to taper down should be a collaboration between you and your doctor. A slow and steady taper will significantly reduce any withdrawal you might feel.
Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) at the Well Recovery Center
The Well Recovery Center works with each patient individually and will make sure each MAT patient gets state of the art treatment and care. The goal of adding medicine assisted treatment is to provide opioid addicts with another valuable option to help conquer their addiction. This is especially viable for those who aren’t able to undergo residential treatment at our stat of the art inpatient drug rehab facility for one reason or another.
Call 1-877-784-3935 for a consultation and let our pet friendly drug rehab facility in California jump start your addiction treatment and recovery.