MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT) PROGRAM IN Austin
MAT ADDICTION TREATMENT IN Austin
Alcohol use disorders and the effects of opioids can greatly impact a person's life. Thankfully, drug rehabs, in coordination with medical professionals, have developed many types of substance abuse treatments, including MAT addiction programs. MAT, or Medically Assisted Treatment, is a rehab program that is used to help people who are struggling with substance use disorders, mainly involving opioid addictions and alcohol addiction. No one ever needs to try and address their struggle with drugs or alcohol on their own. At Recovery Unplugged in Austin, Texas, we offer many alcohol and drug rehab program options, including MAT addiction treatment.
In addition to MAT programs, we offer customized addiction and abuse treatments, including alcohol addiction treatment, cocaine addiction treatment, heroin addiction treatment, opiate addiction treatment, and opioid treatment for synthetic opioids, among our traditional and holistic therapies. Additionally, all of our levels of care are infused with our music-assisted treatment protocols. This allows us to offer a unique program for addiction treatment to all of our clients.
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WHAT IS MAT?
MAT, known as Medication Assisted Treatment or Medically Assisted Treatment, is a detox protocol that uses specific drugs to help patients in a number of ways. It is an FDA-approved treatment plan for opioid dependency and addiction as well as alcohol abuse and addiction. Overall, it is used mostly for those struggling with addiction to opioids. This concept and rehab program protocol is used at rehab centers, including several Recovery Unplugged locations, to help opioid addicts and alcoholics begin their addiction recovery.
First, the prescription drugs that are used help with reducing cravings for the alcohol or drug a patient has been using. Alcohol abuse takes a long time to develop into alcohol addiction, which is one reason why the side effects of stopping drinking can be so severe. In corollary, opioid drugs are very powerful and addictive in nature, and that's why drug abuse of this type also causes cravings and other withdrawal symptoms that are stronger than other substances.
Second, the drugs that are used work on the withdrawal symptoms themselves, too, in addition to helping with cravings. Beginning addiction treatment can be a scary proposition for many people, especially if they think they are going to experience severe and possibly painful side effects. Starting a program in addiction medicine can help quell these fears.
Third, addiction medicine that is used during a MAT addiction treatment program replaces the drug or alcohol a person has been abusing. This may seem like you're just exchanging one drug for another, but the prescription medicines used in MAT addiction recovery are different in several ways.
MAT medication is closely monitored by medical professionals. The amounts given to patients during Medication Assisted Treatment are customized based on factors specific to each individual. Drugs taken when someone engages in opioid abuse, with the exception of those solely procured in one way or another from the medical system, can vary in dosage, which is what can lead to an opioid overdose. In the case of Suboxone, which is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, is taken as a pill or extended-release formulation, like injections or implants, it is only a partial opioid agonist, making it much less potent and addicting than other opioid drugs.
Being treated in a program that uses medication-assisted therapies can help prevent relapses. This is due to the fact that a person's substance abuse is being managed in three ways: reducing cravings, helping with withdrawal side effects, and replacing the drug itself. An addiction treatment program of this type takes time, but most professionals agree that the shock to the person's system that is avoided is well worth the timespan of this approach to drug addiction care. MAT at our drug rehab center in Austin can help with heroin addiction or issues with prescription opioids. For decades, the MAT addiction medicine that was primarily used was Methadone. Recent studies have shown that Suboxone is now the more popular of those two medications used for opioid and opiate addiction treatment.
Treatment programs for substance use disorders that use addiction medicine, like MAT protocols, are also used to wean the patient off of the drug they are using over time, not just for reducing cravings, helping with withdrawal side effects, and replacing the drug being abused. How long it takes is based on the individual patient, how long they have been involved with substance abuse, and what substance they have been abusing. At our recovery center in Austin, we review all of the factors about an individual patient's substance use disorders before we suggest or begin a course of treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING MAT?
Taking part in Medication Assisted Treatment MAT does not mean you forgo any other type of care for addiction. MAT can be a part of a residential treatment program but often takes place in an outpatient clinic environment. This is due to the fact that MAT is a program that takes place over time as a person is weaned off of the drug they have been abusing. MAT is part of the physical addiction treatment for someone's substance use disorder. However, it's important that they eliminate their substance abuse habits as part of their addiction recovery, too. This is what will prevent relapses in the future.
People struggling with alcohol addiction or opioid addiction who are going to take part in our MAT program go through the same intake process as other clients. This begins with an individual meeting with our medical staff and psychiatric personnel to review their general health and assess if they require any specific mental health treatment in addition to addiction care. As part of the initial process, clients are interviewed by our drug and alcohol counseling staff, too. During these meetings, clients can confer with counselors to determine if outpatient treatment or an inpatient program for addiction makes the most sense. Many clients also go through multiple phases during their recovery treatment, which can include drug detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and alumni support which can include joining groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Our Austin treatment center has multiple programs for behavioral therapy that can be combined with MAT for our clients. These include specialized programs like our Virtual Therapy, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Anyone of these three could work nicely with a client's MAT plan. During an IOP, a patient takes part in behavioral therapy two to five days a week for multiple hours each day. This could be combined with a MAT program that is operated from an outpatient clinic. An IOP is still flexible enough that a patient could still go to work or school. In fact, outpatient rehab overall is one of the most flexible types of therapy as sessions can be conducted first thing in the morning, at lunchtime, in the evening, and on weekends in order to accommodate someone's work or school schedule.
A PHP works similarly to an IOP, except that it is typically more days of the week and possibly more hours of treatment each day. Each one usually lasts from eight to 12 weeks, but the time frame varies based on the patient. No matter what type of program someone combines with a MAT plan, the ultimate goal is for them to be toxin free and to begin living a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.
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WHY CHOOSE RECOVERY UNPLUGGED FOR MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION?
We offer treatment for addiction at several locations around the country. Our available treatment in Austin includes a residential treatment program, outpatient programs that can be augmented with intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization plans, MAT programs, assistance with sober living home stays, and coordination of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups. Our goal is to help you with long-term sobriety maintenance and recovery. Any of these treatment programs can be incorporated into an overall comprehensive plan with MAT as one of the components.
We also offer dual diagnosis care for anyone with a co-occurring disorder. Approximately half of the individuals who are struggling with substance abuse also have a mental disorder. As part of dual diagnosis treatment, someone may receive depression treatment, anxiety treatment, PTSD treatment, treatment for an eating disorder, or another mental health treatment they need in addition to care for substance use disorders. Additionally, as part of our behavioral health area of treatment, we offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in order to help our patients address the root causes of their substance abuse and addiction. Of course, all of this has a special brand of music therapy intertwined with other treatment modalities, too.
Loved ones are often also affected by someone's addiction. That's why we also offer family therapy as another option for our clients. If you have any questions about our MAT programs or any of our other levels of care or treatment approaches, please call us today.