At New Hampshire Detox Center, we offer a comprehensive approach to drug and alcohol detox and substance abuse treatment. We create personalized treatment plans for each of our clients to address their unique needs and goals. One of the most helpful tools that we offer on the road to recovery is medication-assisted treatment. While no medications can cure addiction, several have been FDA-approved to treat withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings, especially in those who suffer from opioid or alcohol use disorder.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, connect with New Hampshire Detox Center today. Our addiction treatment specialists can help you access the care you need to begin your journey to recovery. Contact us at 603.932.7692 or reach out online today to learn more.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment, also referred to as MAT, is an approach to addiction treatment that uses medications in tandem with behavioral therapy. This approach can promote long-term sobriety and can make it easier for clients to focus on working through the underlying causes of addiction such as mental health issues or past trauma.
When you begin treatment at New Hampshire Detox Center, you’ll go through a thorough assessment with our addiction treatment specialists. We will work to understand your experiences with addiction as well as any underlying physical or mental health conditions.
Medication-assisted treatment is typically most effective for those struggling with opioid or alcohol use disorder. We use Suboxone and Vivitrol in our MAT program. These medications have a low potential for abuse and are always used alongside behavioral therapy. This combination approach has proven to be most effective for those in recovery.
Suboxone and Vivitrol
How do these medications work? Suboxone and Vivitrol work in different ways, but both are effective choices in aiding recovery.
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It is an opioid agonist, which means that it partially stimulates opioid receptors without causing the euphoria associated with opioids. This can reduce cravings for opiates like heroin or prescription pain relievers. It can also relieve some of the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal, which might include insomnia, anxiety, nausea, or vomiting.
Vivitrol is a form of naltrexone, which is an opioid blocker. This medication is administered through injections and can stop cravings for opioids. It can also prevent someone who uses opioids from experiencing a high. Vivitrol does not ease withdrawal symptoms but can be used after withdrawal symptoms have ceased.
These medications are not habit-forming, but should always be used under the supervision of a doctor.
The Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment
This approach offers a wide variety of benefits to clients in our detox center. Some of these benefits include:
- Reduced risk of relapse
- Lower potential for overdoses
- Relief from painful or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms
- A lower chance of infectious disease transmission
- Increased compliance in treatment programs
Medication-assisted treatment isn’t right for every patient. Those who are working through benzo addiction, for example, might benefit most from an abstinence-based approach to treatment.
Reach Out to New Hampshire Detox Center Today
At New Hampshire Detox Center, we offer residential treatment programs for those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Medication-assisted treatment can be incredibly helpful for many of those who struggle with opioid addiction. If you think that medication-assisted treatment is right for you, reach out to our treatment center today. Our addiction treatment specialists can answer any questions you have about this program and can help you access the care you need.