MAT Addiction Treatment for Residents of El Paso

Medically assisted treatment (MAT) refers to the use of medications to treat addiction or chemical dependence. Although the idea of replacing one drug with another to treat addiction was once seen as controversial, the practice has since become standard for many addiction treatment centers nationwide owing to its success.

While no medication can cure addiction, some drug treatments can help people suffering from addiction become gradually weaned from powerfully addictive drugs like opioids. With their cravings and withdrawal symptoms managed with MAT, these individuals can more easily focus on other therapies designed to help them cope with their addiction effectively.

Resurgence Behavioral Health features MAT for clients who can benefit from this type of therapy. MAT is most closely associated with opioid addiction, and there are various drugs such as suboxone that may be prescribed at any time during the addiction recovery process. However, clinicians may also prescribe drug treatments during medical detox to help reduce the intensity of some withdrawal symptoms or to help individuals manage their cravings later in the treatment process.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that a combination of MAT and other addiction therapies can successfully treat substance use disorders. There is strong evidence that MAT helps to sustain recovery and can help prevent overdose. A person addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers like Oxycontin may benefit from a treatment plan that includes MAT.

El Paso is home to many people who are struggling to overcome an addiction. MAT might be right for you. Resurgence Behavioral Health offers MAT for clients who can benefit from this type of therapy. We’ll explore what this form of treatment is here and how it helps people to successfully manage their addiction to achieve lasting recovery.

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What Is MAT?

MAT relies on drug rehab to help people gradually reduce their dependence on a more dangerous drug such as heroin. One of the first drugs used to treat opioid addiction is methadone, but new and less dangerous medications like suboxone have been developed to replace methadone, which while effective, is still an addictive substance and is associated with about 5,000 overdose deaths annually.

When a person attempts to stop using heroin or some other opioid, withdrawal symptoms will set in and the individual will experience powerful cravings to use the drug. In many cases, addiction treatment center clinicians will prescribe suboxone to individuals suffering from opioid addiction. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist. This means that it will satisfy the brain’s “need” for the opioid. When the opioid receptors in the brain are satisfied with the heroin replacement, they won’t trigger withdrawal symptoms and the individual will experience reduced cravings to abuse the more dangerous substance.

While on suboxone or other drugs associated with MAT, individuals don’t experience a high. These drugs simply replace the more addictive and dangerous substance with a less dangerous substance. In this way, the individual slowly becomes weaned from the dangerous drug. Often, clinicians prescribe suboxone during medical detox, but some people continue this type of therapy on a longer term basis.

What to Expect During MAT?

When you enter a rehab facility such as Resurgence Behavioral Health, you can expect to undergo a thorough evaluation. This assessment process helps doctors and other addiction specialists understand your condition so they can recommend the ideal course of treatment for you. MAT is a treatment option that may help you during your recovery from opioid addiction.

Doctors can prescribe MAT at any point during your course of treatment, but it’s often begun during medical detox. During detox, withdrawal symptoms can become severe. Clinicians rely on many different medications to reduce the severity of these symptoms. A drug like suboxone can cause the reduction of psychological cravings for the drug. These cravings may persist even after detox, so many individuals continue to rely on MAT after completing detox and moving into the next phase of their treatment.

There’s little doubt that MAT makes clients feel more comfortable. With an increase in comfort, clients are better able to focus on their other therapies that target other aspects of their addiction. On its own, MAT is unlikely to prevent relapse in the long term, but when combined with individual and group therapies or other addiction treatments like family therapy and relapse prevention, it can greatly promote the recovery process.

If you’re suffering from an addiction to opioids, alcohol, or another type of drug addiction, MAT might be recommended for you. If so, clinicians will discuss this treatment option and what to expect from the specific drug to be prescribed. While MAT is prescribed for inpatient rehab clients, it may also be prescribed to individuals enrolled in outpatient treatment programs.

Why Choose Resurgence for Medically Assisted Treatment for Addiction?

Resurgence Behavioral Health offers MAT along with many other evidence-based and holistic treatments designed to promote the successful management of addiction. We feature well-rounded treatment programs that target all aspects of addiction. In this way, we treat the body, mind, and even the spirit, helping people to manage this chronic addiction successfully.

MAT may not be right for everyone. We discuss each client’s recommended treatment plan in detail. If MAT is recommended, we’ll explain what clients can expect with specific drug treatments. Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious addiction that cannot simply be managed overnight. However, MAT can reduce many of the unpleasant side effects of addiction recovery, allowing clients to focus more fully on other essential therapies.

If you live in El Paso and are addicted to alcohol or drugs, visit Resurgence Behavioral Health to discuss our enrollment process and treatment plans. After we provide you with an evaluation, we can recommend a custom treatment plan for you. If MAT is recommended, we can begin right away. At Resurgence, we provide individualized support for each client. Many El Paso residents have chosen Resurgence because of our reputation for high-quality treatment and caring, compassionate addiction specialists. Contact us to learn more or to enroll in treatment right away.

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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.