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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence

One of the most effective approaches to helping people with opioid use disorders is MAT, or medication-assisted treatment.

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This evidence-based treatment technique combines the use of medication designed to reduce the difficult physical symptoms associated with stopping use, along with behavioral psychotherapy and counseling.

MAT is primarily used to treat addiction to opioids including heroin and prescription pain relievers. Medications such as Suboxone, help reduce physiological cravings, withdrawal symptoms and normalize body functions and brain chemistry.

Suboxone can play an important role in an opioid treatment program, and at Transformations, we offer treatment with medication support as an option in all programs.

Benefits of Treatment with Suboxone Medication Support

  • Reduces the risk of relapse
  • Reduces or eliminates drug cravings
  • Decreases uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms
  • Provides medical supervision during the early stages of recovery
  • Offers a controlled taper, so a person can gradually adjust to living without opioids

Medication on its own will not treat substance use disorders such as addiction to opioids or pain killers. However, when used along with continued psychiatric care, individual counseling, group therapy, social support and aftercare planning, medication-assisted treatment can be an important part of a successful addiction treatment program.

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Individualized Care at Transformations Treatment Center

Transformations uses MAT along with counseling and behavioral therapies to offer a holistic, whole-person approach for treating substance use disorders. Our programs are tailored to meet the individualized needs of each client.

Medication-assisted treatment is offered at Transformations on a case-by-case basis. All clients have to meet specific medical and clinical criteria to be accepted into the IOP program with medication management.

Taking medications prescribed by a doctor is often a vital part of a person’s overall health and recovery. Addiction is a chronic disease, similar to diabetes or cardiovascular disease. As with any other chronic disease, medication may be required to correct the imbalances caused by that disease.

Individuals with a dual diagnosis (a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health disorder) may need antidepressants or mood stabilizers for the rest of their life. While the goal of Transformations Treatment Center’s recovery program is abstinence from addictive drugs and alcohol, that does not always mean the cessation of supportive medications.  Some people may need supportive medications, including Suboxone and Vivitrol, for a longer time than others.  For this reason, evidenced-based, ongoing medical management and monitoring is a key element in collaboration with clinical therapies and self-help groups.

The use of medication assisted treatment as part of a comprehensive program is one element of individualized treatment offered at Transformations. In all cases, the treatment plan includes individual and group therapy, psychiatric care, self-help supportive groups, recreational activities, support from friends and family and an extensive aftercare plan. The addition of medication-assisted treatment adds supportive medications as an element of a comprehensive program.

The Medications Used in MAT

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 3 drugs for the treatment of opioid addiction. At Transformations we utilize Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and naltrexone, a medication that acts to block the effects of opioids and reduce cravings.

When taken by a person with a history of consuming powerful opioids such as heroin, buprenorphine binds to the opioid receptors in the brain to help diminish the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and reduce substance cravings.

MAT at Transformations includes the following steps:

  • Determining Eligibility
  • Clinical Consultation
  • Medical Consultation
  • Medication Management
    • Induction phase to establish initial medication dose
    • Stabilization phase to determine minimum dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms
    • Medication management phase using steady dose of medication to maintain healthy lifestyle

Intensive Outpatient Treatment with Medication Management

We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery; for this reason, we offer every client an individualized treatment plan based on their clinical recommendations. When combined with intensive outpatient care, treatment with medication is a viable option for treating opioid use disorders. Using medication management with our IOP treatment program is another way we are able to focus on the long-term health and emotional well-being of our clients.

MAT is available as a part of our IOP program on either a daytime or evening schedule. Clients meet 4 times a week for a total of 9 hours of clinical care per week and one hour of life skills. Clients enrolled in any of our treatment programs can also take advantage of our walk-in clinic for sick visits and follow-up care.

IOP Daytime

  • 1 pm to 4 pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • 1 pm to 2 pm: Friday (Life Skills)

IOP Evening

  • 6 pm to 9 pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • 6 pm to 7 pm: Friday (Life Skills)

New clients are assessed by a member of our clinical team to evaluate if they meet the criteria for medication-assisted treatment as part of our intensive outpatient program. Clients meeting the criteria are prescribed a medication, such as Suboxone or Naltrexone, while attending individual counseling appointments, group therapy sessions and life skills sessions on an outpatient basis.

Medical maintenance therapy is not intended to be a permanent solution; supportive medications are utilized as part of a comprehensive intervention to reduce physical cravings for opioids and help prevent or minimize the onset of withdrawal symptoms. The goal for all of our programs, including our PHP and IOP programs, is to help clients work towards a stable recovery that includes abstinence from alcohol or drugs.

Offering MAT at Transformations Treatment Center

Since we first opened our doors in 2007, Transformations has focused on providing clinical excellence, integrity in treatment and nurturing, continuing care all with the goal of helping people live the life they deserve.

No two people are the same, and Transformations specializes in recognizing the unique needs of our clients. We offer tailored and individualized care for each person seeking treatment. We offer every client a customized treatment program. From that first call to our admissions team, orientation, counseling and therapy sessions, family weekends, transition to outpatient services and the support of our alumni department – our complete continuum of care allows us to reach out and care for our clients wherever they are in their recovery journey.

Offering MAT is a way to offer more services and options to clients and save more lives. This type of treatment is designed to ultimately support an abstinence-based program.  The recommendation on MAT is only made after a thorough and individualized assessment of the person in treatment based on their particular addiction treatment needs.

Our emphasis has always been on individualized treatment plans, professional care and holistic protocols, all of which can be continued when adding MAT to our treatment plan service offerings. Anyone recovering from active addiction must learn how to better manage their emotions, control their triggers, and otherwise learn a whole new way of living. When used with counseling and behavioral therapies, supportive medications can be a highly effective treatment model for opioid use disorders.

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Our Programs and Addiction Treatment Services

Transformations Treatment Center is a licensed and JACHO accredited substance use disorder facility. Clients often start their recovery journey at our Summit Detox facility to safely detox from drugs or alcohol in a medically supervised setting. Once clients are medically stable, they can transfer to Transformations for continued treatment in our partial hospitalization program.

Clients may also step down, or transition, to our individualized intensive outpatient or outpatient programs for continuing care to support and maintain long-term recovery. Transformations is set apart from other treatment centers by our small client to therapist ratio, option for gender and age specific groups, and a highly trained clinical team working together to provide clients with different options for individualized care.

We offer a variety of treatment tracks including our Mature Adult, Young Adult, Christian, First Responder, Veterans and SoundPath music program. For more information about any of our rehab services or addiction treatment programs, including treatment and the use of medication, please reach out to the Transformations admissions team.

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