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Research indicates that a combination of behavioral therapy and medications may help a person with a substance use disorder to recover more fully and, in some cases, prevent relapse. A medication-assisted treatment program is uniquely designed to make that happen. It is one of the addiction treatment programs we offer at Virtues Behavioral Health that enables our clients to turn the page on addiction for good.

What Is a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?

virtues behavioral health medication assisted treatment program mat los angelesAlso known as MAT, this type of program uses medications as a supportive tool in the drug and alcohol treatment process. It is commonly used to help people with addiction to prescription pain killers as well as other opiates but can be used with other drug addictions as well. It aids by reducing the withdrawal symptoms a person experiences. It can also help to reduce overall cravings for the drug, making the natural detox process a bit easier and more likely to be successful.

At Virtues Behavioral Health, we use Suboxone in our MAT program. This FDA-approved medication can help those who are addicted to opioids. It works by activating opioid receptors to a very small degree and by blocking the receptors as well. This can reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms.

What Are the Benefits of a MAT Program?

A medication-assisted treatment program can help many people to recover from substance use disorder by providing a way for the brain to function normally. When a person is dependent on a substance like heroin, the drug changes the chemistry in the brain. When a person stops using that drug, they can struggle with basic tasks and have intense cravings. The goal of MAT is to give the brain the support it needs to function normally without the drug present. There are numerous potential benefits to this including:

  • It may help improve a person’s survival by reducing the risk of overdose.
  • Some people using MAT are more likely to continue to come in for treatment.
  • It can help a person to regain confidence in themselves, enabling them to embrace treatment more fully.
  • MAT may help a person to get back to work or school sooner.
  • It can help a person to stop using drugs without having to go into a formal detox program.

To know if drug addiction treatment is right for you, it is important to speak to your doctor and therapist. Our team can offer an assessment for you.

What Can You Expect from a MAT Program?

When you invest in your future and make the decision to get substance abuse treatment for addiction, our team provides a full assessment. This allows for a better understanding of what you’re facing and how severe your addiction and dependence are. For many people, MAT is very important.

The proper medications are prescribed to you to take. It can take some adjustment to these medications to find the right combination to provide the best outcome for your health. We’ll monitor your reaction to Suboxone every step of the way.

MAT is one part of a larger treatment program. It does not replace the need for behavioral addiction therapy programs. It can compliment it well, though. Our medication-assisted treatment program is a part of any of the treatment programs we offer including:

  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Outpatient treatment program
  • Aftercare treatment program
  • Men’s rehab programs
  • Women’s rehab programs

It does not solve addiction. It makes it easier for you to get help for addiction and reclaim your future. That’s why it may be the best investment you make.

Contact Virtues Behavioral Health Today

Take a moment to consider your future. What could a change now do for you? A medication-assisted treatment program may be the first step in recovering. It may give you the insight you need to achieve a better outcome. Virtues Behavioral Health offers the resources to make it possible. Reach out online or call 855.579.8599 for support today.