Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is necessary in the fight against opioid addiction. Each year, more adults in opioid addiction are dying. At the same time, the street supplies of heroin are tainted with dangerous fentanyl and other additives. Since medication assisted treatment is a long-term program, it goes hand-in-hand with sustained sobriety. In fact, Suboxone (prominent MAT medication) is primarily used as an extended treatment medication for opioid addiction. As a result, MAT treatment has shown to decrease relapse rates by as much as 70%. Moreover, Safe Haven Recovery specializes in medication assisted treatment and has been at the forefront of this opioid addiction treatment.
Our Florida addiction treatment team will carefully address all the unique issues that our clients are experiencing; usually withdrawal and cravings. In most cases, Florida medication assisted treatment will eliminate these critical symptoms. In addition, stabilizing the client allows them to begin working an effective therapy program. As a result, MAT Treatment creates a bridge long-term addiction recovery.
Our doctors prescribe tried and true medications that are approved by the Food & Drug Administration. Suboxone, Naltrexone (Vivitrol) and Methadone are the current MAT options. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine relieves cravings, while naloxone is an opioid- antagonist. This combination medication is effective as opioid cravings are relieved and the client can no longer get “high”. This is largely known as Suboxone Maintenance.
Naltrexone (or Vivitrol) is an opioid antagonist (containing naloxone). It is effective for opioid addiction, as well as alcohol. Finally, Methadone has been in use for over five decades. While Methadone curbs cravings, it does not contain a counter medication like naloxone. Furthermore, Safe Haven’s doctors choose the appropriate medication for each client and their addiction condition.
Like many things that are relatively new or misunderstood, medication assisted treatment, and Suboxone in particular, have become a controversy. For example, many in recovery feel that medication assisted treatment is simply substituting one drug for another. This is not true. In fact, taking opioid addiction medication is the same as taking medicine for other chronic diseases like diabetes or high-blood pressure. Moreover, when used as directed by a physician, MAT medications will not create a new drug addiction. However, the stigma of Suboxone and medication assisted treatment is a common perception. Notwithstanding, we encourage clients and families to listen to their doctors and the medical community.