Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Florida Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Pompano Beach

Our Florida Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program is designed for adult patients who want to get off the merry-go-round of life-threatening relapse. In fact, it’s one the best addiction therapies for those addicted to opioids whose goal is to achieve long-term sobriety. With the assistance of evidence-based medication, our clients can achieve positive outcomes and normalize their lives. Most importantly, MAT programs like Suboxone maintenance have become the most effective and life-changing forms of addiction care in decades. MAT integration can help patients overcome the craving to use heroin and other opioids. Today, the primary medications used in most MAT programs include: Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Naltrexone and Vivitrol.

Designed specifically for the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction, medication assisted treatment (MAT) includes both specific medications and behavioral therapies that are intended to:

  • Get clients focused on their recovery without cravings or withdrawal.
  • Aid clients in integrating strategies and skills.
  • Normalize life.
  • Reduce the risk of relapse.
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When is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Appropriate?

Typically, medication assisted treatment is utilized for heroin, fentanyl, painkillers, and other opioids. MAT can also be used to treat addictions with benzodiazepines or alcohol. Determining if Florida medication assisted treatment is right for you requires a full medical assessment and appraisal of your drug history, medical conditions and other considerations. Generally, clients with a long history of alcohol and opioid use, who have chronically relapsed, have positive outcomes as a result of MAT care.

It’s important to note that clients don’t need to dedicate themselves to one approach forever. Many people use MAT when they first enter treatment and, over time, find they no longer need MAT to sustain their recovery. At Simple Path Recovery, we assist clients battling drug and alcohol use disorders. We tailor our treatment to best meet each client’s specific needs. We’re here for you, and we’re excited to help you on your “path” to addiction recovery.

Are Subutex and Suboxone the Same?

Buprenorphine (Subutex) was developed for use as a detox aid from opioid/opiate drugs. On the other hand, Suboxone is widely used for both detox and MAT maintenance programs. Since Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in both medications, it is an easy transition from Subutex to Suboxone for patients directed under a doctor's care. While Buprenorphine was found to be effective in the treatment of opioid addiction, a propensity to "use" still remained. Many addicts tried to inject the drug intravenously in order to attain the same high as with heroin or prescription painkillers. They often succeeded, prompting development of another medication so that this could not happen. For this reason, Suboxone was designed. Suboxone contains Naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioids.

The most important benefit of Suboxone and Subutex is that these medications stop the withdrawal symptoms which lead addicted people to seek more opioids. In fact, a patient on Buprenorphine is not in withdrawal, not “high”, not craving and not seeking. Subsequently, clients can begin to return to a normal life.

Sublocade - A Once-a-Month Injection

Sublocade is a once-monthly injection containing Buprenorphine. Unlike Suboxone, Sublocade contains only Buprenorphine, and not Naloxone. The medication is injected as a liquid, but changes to a solid form that delivers the medication all throughout the month. This new MAT medication can only be administered by a healthcare provider. In this way, patients can get steady, continuous levels of Buprenorphine throughout the month without the possibility for abuse. It is not available as a retail prescription. Our doctors can discuss if Sublocade is right for you after performing an assessment and consultation.

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol was approved by the FDA in 2010 for use in opioid addiction treatment programs. Vivitrol contains Naltrexone, which suppresses cravings. As a result, it has helped a countless number of addicts remain in recovery by preventing relapse. Vivitrol is administered as a monthly injection in a medical office. Like Suboxone, it has a proven track record of helping patient’s recover when performed as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), which includes behavioral therapy.

Florida Suboxone Treatment in Pompano Beach

Most people cannot stop taking opioids suddenly. They need help to change their thinking, behavior, and situation. Unfortunately, stopping abruptly has a poor success rate – fewer than 25% of patients can remain sober for even one year. This is where MAT options such as Suboxone treatment can promote client sobriety, while reducing the side effects of withdrawal and cravings that typically lead to relapse.

When a doctor starts an opioid-addicted patient on Suboxone treatment, the client must be undergoing mild to moderate withdrawal. At this point, the opioids have started to exit the brain’s opioid receptors. Buprenorphine attaches and sticks to them. When this happens, the patient’s withdrawal indications improve as the receptors accept the Buprenorphine. The Suboxone then starts to overpower withdrawal symptoms and cravings. With daily Suboxone maintenance, Suboxone continues to keep the brain’s opioid receptors engaged. In fact, should the patient use another opioid at this point, the euphoric effects of that opioid will be greatly decreased or null.

Get Florida Suboxone Treatment in Pompano Beach Today

People who are addicted to opioids can stop and go on to live happy and productive lives. At our Florida Suboxone treatment center in Pompano Beach, we work to make sure that each person who comes to us for care is given the second chance that they deserve. If you are dependent on opioids, you do not need to keep misusing them or feeling shame. You can stop using and capture a life beyond your wildest dreams. While the mere thought of stopping can be daunting, there is no greater loss than your life. Don’t put off getting help for another day.

We can assist and support you in your recovery. Call us to find out more about our Florida Suboxone treatment in Pompano Beach.

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