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MAT programs can be an excellent way to help with relapse prevention during the early days of what is hopefully someone’s long-term recovery. A Medically Assisted Treatment program, also referred to as medically supervised detox, is a rehab and therapy program aimed at helping patients work through withdrawal symptoms they are experiencing as a result of them stopping drinking or using drugs. This type of drug and alcohol rehab program can occur during hospital inpatient care or at substance abuse rehab centers. A MAT program can be followed by inpatient rehab or outpatient treatment as part of a comprehensive drug or alcohol care plan. At Recovery Unplugged in Northern Virginia, we offer several different levels of care, including our unique music-assisted treatment. We know that many people have tried drug and alcohol rehab more than once, and that’s one of the reasons we offer something different with our program, which is that all have music therapy incorporated into them.

If you or one of your loved ones is looking for substance use disorder treatment in Northern Virginia, give us a call at Recovery Unplugged. Our caring, dedicated staff of highly trained professionals will guide you through the inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment options we have available for you.

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MAT, or Medically Assisted Treatment, is a medically supervised alcohol or drug detox program. What does this mean exactly? Alcohol and drug detox is necessary when someone is addicted to a substance and will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking or using drugs. The medically supervised part means that someone goes through this process in a safe, secure facility or in a hospital treatment department that handles this type of care. During a MAT program, an individual is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure that their withdrawal symptoms are not causing them any serious medical issues, as well as to keep them as comfortable as possible during the process.

A Medically Assisted Treatment program is different from a Medication Assisted Treatment program, although sometimes the two terms are incorrectly interchanged. A Medication Assisted Treatment program, primarily used for opioid addiction or alcohol addiction, is a protocol where specific medications are administered to replace the effects of those substances. The patient is then weaned off of all substances and correlating toxins in their body over a period of time. Suboxone and Methadone treatment are examples of replacement drug protocols that are used during opioid addiction treatment.

Alcohol and drug detox is one of the most important steps in someone’s recovery journey. For our Northern Virginia clients, we work closely with local medical facilities to coordinate medically supervised detox treatment plans. Going through drug and alcohol detox in a safe, secure environment can make a big difference in relapse prevention and whether or not a person successfully begins addiction recovery. Although going through drug detox at home is possible, it is not recommended. There are many things that can go wrong that are mitigated by going through detox and withdrawal symptoms with the support of trained medical professionals and alcohol and drug rehab specialists.

Detox can be very stressful for the person who is attempting to stop drinking and using drugs. That’s why detoxing at home can be dangerous for a number of reasons. In the most drastic of situations, residential inpatient detox can help with suicide prevention. An individual can become so overwhelmed with trying to stop using or drinking, and while they are experiencing the side effects of withdrawal, they turn to this tragic option if they see no path forward. This is an extreme example but shows that withdrawal symptoms can be severe and unpredictable, especially if a person has been addicted or involved in substance abuse for a good amount of time.

More commonly, medically supervised detox helps with relapse prevention. Simply put, an individual may think this first step of alcohol addiction treatment is too hard for them, and if they are at home with no support, they will simply return to drinking or using drugs. Individuals often bargain with themselves, promising that drugs and alcohol will play a lesser role in their lives going forward. Taking part in a recovery program that includes inpatient detox can help with this in a number of ways.

First, hospital treatment or residential treatment centers are alcohol and drug-free environments. This may seem very basic but not having easy access to substances is the first step in relapse prevention. Even if a person has removed all drugs and alcohol from their home, in today’s society, both are very easy to acquire. Another way medical detox helps with relapses is there is 24-hour support available whenever someone needs to talk to a medical professional or rehab specialist. Even just a quiet chat can help someone see that addiction treatment is going to make a positive change in their life.

One more way that medical detox helps patients is through the issuing of over-the-counter medicines to help with withdrawal symptoms. Each substance comes with its own unique withdrawal side effects, but there are many overlapping issues that occur. Body aches, headaches, nausea, other stomach issues, restlessness, and sleeplessness are all common. The doctors and other medical professionals in a medic detox program assess each patient and administer what they think will help them through this initial period of their recovery.

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In addition to relapse prevention, MAT programs also begin the behavioral health therapy process. Adult women and adult men may have used substance abuse as a way to deal with past traumas, including being physically or sexually abused, losing a loved one, and many other issues in life that can lead to substance use disorders. By taking part in individual therapy and group sessions during residential inpatient detox treatment, individuals can start the healing process they may need in order to move past drugs and alcohol. There are many reasons substance use disorders occur, and as part of our comprehensive levels of care at Recovery Unplugged, we want to help everyone we can work through the issues that may be causing their substance abuse so they can move forward in life.

At the beginning of MAT programs, each patient has a full medical history done when they are being checked into the hospital treatment or recovery center facility. This is done because the medical detox staff needs to know everything they can about a patient before they begin treatment. This includes any underlying health issues that may impact what over-the-counter medicines they can receive and also how their bodies are going to react as their withdrawal symptoms begin.

A psychological workup is also done before any phase of substance use disorder treatment begins. This is done so that the behavioral rehab staff can assess how a person is going to react mentally and emotionally as the effects of no longer drinking or using drugs kick in. Drug and alcohol addiction affects a person’s mind, body, and spirit, and that’s why at Recovery Unplugged, we take a holistic approach throughout our levels of care. It’s also important to know if a patient has any undiagnosed mental health issues before treatment begins. If a person has a co-occurring disorder, this will change how they go about their course of treatment. Cooccurring mental health disorders can include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder.

Once a person goes through the basic administrative check at a treatment facility, all other medical and psychological evaluations are done in private. Once these are accomplished, a person is shown to their room, and their daily schedule is reviewed. This can include medication management if they are going to be issued any over-the-counter drugs, too. Eating proper meals, drinking enough water, getting both rest and exercise, and getting the right amount of sleep are all part of the medical detox process. People who begin substance abuse treatment have often ignored their general health as drugs or alcohol have taken over part or most of their life, and it’s important to help them reset in this area, too. When someone stops drinking or using, the withdrawal will often make them feel sick in one way or another making them think that alcohol or drugs are the better options. Helping them heal overall while in medical detox is a big part of the process, too.

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At Recovery Unplugged, long-term recovery for our clients is our goal. The initial steps of addiction recovery can often include the need for multiple levels of care, and MAT programs can play a big part in someone making a major change in their life. Our best rehab in Northern Virginia also offers outpatient addiction treatment, programs for persons with co-occurring mental health issues, residential inpatient treatment at several recovery center locations, our music-oriented therapies and treatments, and Christian rehab in Northern Virginia.

If you or one of your loved ones would like to hear about a treatment plan we can develop for you to help with any substance use disorders, call us today. We’re ready to help you start a happier, healthier phase of your life.




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