At The Bluffs Rehab, our goal is to provide the most effective treatment options to our clients so you can recover as quickly as possible and reduce the risk of relapse.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based practice offered at our facility near Atwood Lake. Effective for opioid and alcohol addiction, MAT uses FDA-approved medications and behavioral therapy or counseling to address your disorder.
Medication-Assisted Treatment At The Bluffs
If MAT becomes part of your treatment plan, you’ll work closely with our counseling team and medical professionals.
While you’re a resident with us, we’ll administer medications as outlined by your treatment plan. Licensed substance abuse or mental health therapist will also help you select appropriate behavioral therapies for your specific needs.
At The Bluffs, we offer Vivitrol, which is an injected form of extended-release naltrexone. Prior to your discharge, your medical team will administer this medication, which will continue working in the first month after you leave The Bluffs.
Before discharge, we’ll also arrange follow-up appointments to continue Vivitrol treatment. Follow up may also include alumni support counseling and therapy to assist you in sticking with the sober-living skills you learned in therapy.
How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?
The medication-assisted treatment uses medications that block cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. They also create unpleasant side effects when someone uses opioids or alcohol.
This helps people in the early stages of recovery to avoid the risk of relapse. During medication-assisted treatment, clients receive daily medication doses while also taking part in therapy through individual and group sessions with trained counselors and therapists.
FDA-Approved Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
If your battle is against opioid abuse, there are three medications that are available:
- naltrexone: This medication blocks opioid receptors in the brain, reducing the euphoric effects of opioids. This means you’ll no longer feel good should you take the drug, and this makes resisting temptations and triggers easier.
- buprenorphine: Buprenorphine reduces your cravings for opioids. It tricks the brain into thinking it’s still receiving the drug and stops strong cravings associated with withdrawal.
- methadone: Methadone works similarly to buprenorphine. It reduces withdrawal symptoms and prevents the euphoric feeling or high.
FDA-Approved Medications For Alcohol Use Disorder
For those battling alcohol use disorder, the following medications are effective tools in the path towards recovery:
- disulfiram: Disulfiram causes unpleasant side effects, such as headache or vomiting, if someone consumes alcohol while taking the medication. When taken daily, this is a strong deterrent to relapse in the early stages of addiction treatment.
- acamprosate: Acamprosate restores the natural chemical balance in the brain, which can then reduce cravings for alcohol. It’s used for those who have already stopped drinking and are working on learning sober-living skills.
- naltrexone: Just as it does for opioid use disorder, naltrexone works by blocking the euphoric effects of drinking. If someone does relapse, alcohol will be less effective.
Why Do We Use Medication-Assisted Treatment?
At The Bluffs, we only choose programs that have proven success rates. This type of treatment is highly effective at helping our clients reach a full recovery.
In 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse released the first long-term study of patients receiving MAT. Some important findings include:
- The study found that after 18 months of receiving treatment, half of the participants were still drug-free.
- After 3.5 years, the rate had risen to 61 percent, with less than 10 percent falling back into true drug dependency.
Statistics like these show that MAT is an effective option when delivered properly. In addition, these statistics combat the myth that MAT is simply switching one drug for another.
Under the careful supervision of the staff at The Bluffs, Vivitrol can allow you to safely eliminate your dependency on opioids or alcohol.
Addiction Treatment At The Bluffs
Your addiction treatment journey is uniquely yours, and you need the right tools to succeed as you seek relief from your addiction. For some, that includes medication-assisted treatment.
At The Bluffs, we’re ready to help you find success using this tool and a host of others.
Contact us today to learn more about our MAT program or to start your journey toward a drug- or alcohol-free lifestyle.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse — Long-Term Follow-Up Of Medication-Assisted Treatment For Addiction To Pain Relievers Yields Cause For Optimism
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Medication And Counseling Treatment