Medication-assisted treatment (MAT therapy) is an addiction treatment program that combines counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication. Substance abuse disorder is usually a physical addiction and a mental one. Medication can help alleviate some of the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms so patients can better focus on recovery.

The Benefits of MAT

Patients who complete MAT often experience numerous positive effects.

1. Relapse is less likely

Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms increase the risk of relapse. MAT helps reduce or alleviate these symptoms, making it easier to stay on track with your recovery.

2. MAT may completely alleviate cravings

Physical cravings are an unfortunate side effect of drug abuse disorder. MAT uses medications that are designed to reduce these cravings. Sometimes, patients don’t experience any cravings at all.

3. Combines medical supervision with other treatment methods

Medication alone isn’t a viable treatment for substance abuse disorder. MAT combines medication and medical supervision with psychiatric care, group therapy, counseling, and other treatment methods. This comprehensive approach makes long-term recovery much more successful.

The MAT Therapy Program

Olympus Recovery customizes each individual’s treatment plan. We may offer or recommend medication-assisted therapy after carefully reviewing your medical history and personal situation.

Treatment looks a little different for each person, but here’s the general process, so you know what to expect:

  1. First, we determine your eligibility for our treatment programs.
  2. Next, we provide a clinical consultation with one of our expert clinicians.
  3. A medical consultation follows. All MAT programs require medical supervision.
  4. You’ll complete an induction phase and receive your initial dose of medication.
  5. You’ll also complete a stabilization phase to find the minimum dose of medication that still effectively reduces or alleviates your withdrawal symptoms.
  6. Throughout the program, your medication dosage may be adjusted as needed.

Do You Need Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Not every patient needs MAT. This program is offered on an individual basis, and each patient completes a thorough medical and clinical review to ensure it’s the best course of action.

Of course, it’s important to remember that substance use disorder is a disease. Many diseases require medication, even if the patient also completes other therapies and treatment options.

For example, a diabetic often takes daily medication while adjusting their diet and exercise to stay healthy. Addiction often requires a similar approach, with multiple treatments working together for the best possible patient outcome.

Besides medication, your treatment may also include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), individual counseling, support groups, and other services.

MAT is primarily indicated for those who suffer from opioid addiction, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. Suboxone is the most commonly prescribed medication for these disorders because it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Olympus Recovery Addiction Treatment Services

Olympus Recovery specializes in substance use disorders. We offer both PHP and IOP programs that are tailored for each individual patient. Our staff members are respectful of your privacy and encourage your recovery. We prefer smaller, more intimate groups for the comfort of our patients.

The first step may be the hardest, but we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us here or give us a call at 866-305-7134 to learn more about our therapy program.



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