METHADONE | SUBOXONE | VIVITROL | NALTREXONE
The modern addiction treatment paradigm has long consisted of a combination of medically supervised "detox” and behavioral rehab. The process of recovering from substance use disorder should incorporate a full breadth of interventions for long-term care that address the immediate medical and physical health issues associated with the disease, as well as comprehensive behavioral interventions to address the psychological and logistical fallout that has occurred through prolonged and untreated drug and alcohol use disorder. Over the past few decades, a new resource has emerged in the ever-evolving clinical treatment of this urgent and pervasive public health issue, specifically for opioid dependency: medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
WHAT IS MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a term coined and established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to describe an area of substance abuse care that utilizes certain approved medications to aid in the treatment process, specifically opioid addiction and, in some cases, alcohol use disorder. These drugs are meant to mitigate cravings and withdrawal symptoms, as well as the long-term cravings that so often get in the way of long-term recovery.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that relapse rates for alcohol and drug use disorder are between 40-60% on average, roughly on par with those associated with diseases like heart disease, diabetes hypertension and others. One of the reasons why these relapse rates are so incredibly high is the inability to deal with long-term cravings and lingering withdrawal symptoms. The treatment community has come to regard MAT as the “gold standard of addiction treatment” because it provides a controlled and manageable treatment approach to dealing with these two factors.
HOW DOES MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT WORK?
In the context of opioid use disorder, drugs approved for the deployment of medication-assisted treatment work by offering a controlled dose of opioid to provide relief for cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The drugs endeavor to stabilize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of heroin and prescription painkillers, mitigate physiological dependence and help the body respond to incrementally decreased amounts of opioids. Courses of medication-assisted treatment should be tailored to each patient’s individual care needs, including the timeline, amount and duration of their program. Use of these medications should be closely monitored by a licensed physician.
THE GENESIS CENTER STANDARD
You have options! We offer completely individualized treatment plans that fit your needs.
We provide outpatient medication maintenance, supervised by a highly qualified clinical team to make sure that you succeed!
We provide long-term medication maintenance, as needed for each patient.
Our clinical and medical staff work closely together to ensure a proper assessment of each patient's needs to determine the correct medication. Recovery works when your treatment works, utilizing the medications offered (Methadone, Suboxone, Naltrexone, etc.) is an important step towards full recovery. We do not believe in replacing a patient's addiction with something new. We do believe in using all available resources to help someone step back into a life of recovery while minimizing the risk for relapse as much as possible.