Article provided by: Better Days Treatment
America is a country where opioid addiction and alcohol abuse is the most prevailing health problem. In 2015, almost 2 million Americans were found to be addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. On the other hand, in the same year nearly 15.1 million Americans, above 18 years of age, suffered from alcohol abuse disorder. However, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) has shown a great degree of success in treating these disorders. MAT does not only prevent and reduce opioid overdose but helps sustain recovery as well. And we, the team of Better Days, are here to answer some frequently asked questions about this treatment.
Q) What does MAT stand for in addiction?
MAT is a short form of Medication Assisted Treatment in which disorders like alcohol abuse and opioids are treatment through medication, counseling, and different behavioral therapies. The treatment gives relief to the addicts in their journey towards recovery.
Q) What are the benefits of MAT?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), MAT is clinically proven to be successful because it has various benefits for the patients.
- Increase treatment retention.
- Decrease deaths related to opioid overdose.
- Decrease use of opioids illicitly.
- Increase the chances of addicts to gain and retain their employment.
- Improve birth outcomes among women who are pregnant and suffering from substance abuse disorder.
Q) What medications are used in MAT?
According to FDA, there are several medications to treat opioid and alcohol abuse disorders. For opioid addiction the most common medications are:
- Methadone (only approved medication that can be prescribed to pregnant or breastfeeding women).
For who are addicted to Alcohol also receive these medications:
- Topiramate and Gabapentin (Not FDA approved but has shown promising results),
- Baclofen (Not FDA approved but has shown promising results).
Q) Is Naltrexone a MAT?
Naltrexone is an FDA-approved MAT medication that works great in treating substance abuse disorder. It blocks opioid effects and also decreases the pleasurable feelings you get after drinking.
Q) Does a person with addiction just need to take the prescribed medication?
No, medication alone is not sufficient. MAT is a whole-patient approach in which patients in addition to medication receive counseling well are required to attend meetings and get involved in other activities for their complete recovery.
Q) Are these medications safe?
According to FDA, all the medications received in Medication-assisted addiction treatment are safe and effective. Though each of them must be combined with counseling and psychosocial support.
Q) How do I start MAT?
Now you don’t have to waste time in finding a reliable MAT program. Better Days offer the finest and most trustable treatment for your opioid, alcohol, and tobacco overuse disorder. Just give a call and our 24/7 available staff we guide to the entire procedure.
So, don’t wait anymore and begin your journey to recover to expand your health and wellness with Better Days, providing the leading Medication-Assisted Treatment in Anaheim. Contact Better Days to being your journey to freedom and recovery. 24/7 admissions: 888-992-3297 What we treat: https://betterdaystreatment.com/what-we-treat/