Medication-assisted treatment programs provide important therapy that helps countless people with an opioid use disorder (OUD) or an alcohol use disorder (AUD) begin recovery and find long-term success. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) includes both psychotherapy and the administration of certain medications that reduce or eliminate cravings. The MAT program at Apex Recovery Nashville is one part of our comprehensive approach to treatment that can support lasting, sustainable recovery.
Learn more about our MAT program in Nashville today by calling 615.703.4639 or reaching out to us online. If you or a loved one is struggling with an OUD or AUD, we are here to help through addiction therapy programs that could change your life.
What Is a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?
MAT has been used in drug and alcohol rehab for nearly half a century. The program uses certain FDA-approved, safe, and effective medications to rebalance your brain chemistry. The brain of someone with an OUD or AUD has lost its ability to produce vital neurotransmitters, interrupting the feedback loop that ensures the proper balance of brain chemicals. Lack of pleasure, as well as an inability to experience motivation, excitement, or focus, lead to continued drug abuse. However, if the chemistry of the brain has a chance to return to normal, a great deal is possible, including lasting recovery.
In a medication-assisted treatment program, MAT medications, as well as therapy with a licensed provider, work to get your body and mind healthy. At Apex Recovery Nashville, we use Vivitrol and Suboxone to relieve cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms so our clients can focus on overcoming the underlying causes of addiction.
The Benefits of Our MAT Program
When you are enrolled in a MAT program, you will benefit from the following:
- An individualized program that addresses the whole person under the supervision of physicians and therapists
- Medication that eliminates painful withdrawal symptoms and ongoing drug cravings
- Medication that blocks your brain’s ability to feel the euphoric effects of opioids or alcohol
- A reduction in the chance of relapse, which means improved retention and recovery rates
- The safety of knowing your MAT medications are approved for long-term use
You can discuss your plan for staying on or weaning off MAT medications with your care team.
Our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program in Nashville
At Apex Recovery Nashville, we use a medication called Suboxone in our MAT program in Nashville. Suboxone for medication-assisted treatment is a highly effective medication for reducing withdrawal symptoms as well as depression.
A combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, suboxone is both a partial agonist and an antagonist. That means that it both curbs cravings while also interfering with intoxication. Buprenorphine activates the same receptors in the brain that opioids do, but it is not addictive because it doesn’t produce euphoria. At the same time, naloxone blocks the brain’s opioid receptors to eliminate the chance of getting high in case of relapse.
Suboxone is typically taken daily and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the skin in the mouth, either beneath the tongue or between the cheek and gums.
Vivitrol is another medication we use in our MAT program. It is an injectable form of the opioid antagonist naltrexone, meaning it blocks the brain’s opioid receptors. Vivitrol is administered monthly and is specifically designed for people who have already detoxed from an opioid.
Learn More About Apex Recovery Nashville’s Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
At Apex Recovery Nashville, we strive to provide a continuum of treatment services in a safe, welcoming setting where clients remain engaged in their recovery process. One of the programs we are proud to offer is medication-assisted treatment, which is one of many evidence-based therapies we provide.