Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment Program at Malibu Detox

Malibu Detox offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for a “whole patient” approach to treatment. Our comprehensive treatment plans that address addiction and mental health disorders work to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce discomfort. For many struggling with opioid use disorders, medication-assisted treatment provides the help they need to overcome addiction and improve their overall well-being.

Our treatment facilities in Malibu, California, provide a safe and serene environment – with gorgeous ocean views – to help our clients overcome their addictions. Throughout the detox process, our compassionate team of treatment professionals utilize the most effective therapeutic techniques and medicines to safely bring our clients off the drugs they have formed a dependency to. If you think a medication-assisted treatment program may be a viable option to address your substance use disorder, call us at (424) 234-2027 for more information.

What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the practice of incorporating medication in conjunction with traditional treatment methods such as counseling and behavioral therapies to treat addiction. Most individuals feel the symptoms of withdrawal when undergoing drug and alcohol detox. Medications make tapering off the addicted drug safer for the body while also preventing horrible withdrawal symptoms. At Malibu Detox, we offer medication-assisted treatment to help our clients feel as comfortable as possible with the use of FDA-approved medications. Some examples of medications used in our MAT program are naltrexone (Vivitrol), buprenorphine (Suboxone), and methadone treatment. Our team of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and healthcare providers are there every step of the way to ensure our clients’ safety while their bodies rid themselves of harmful toxins.

Medication-assisted treatment is a scientifically proven technique in the fight against substance use disorders. Many patients struggling with substance use disorders such as opioid use disorders have found relief utilizing MAT combined with other treatment modalities to support their struggle with substance abuse and achieve sustained health and recovery. Medicated assisted treatment is generally safe to be used for those with pre-existing physical or mental health conditions who are overcoming addictions such as alcoholism, prescription opioids, etc.

Our five drug and alcohol rehab centers located in Malibu provide a beautiful, serene and discreet environment to help individuals heal. It can be challenging to begin addiction treatment in a harmful environment with the presence of drugs and alcohol around. It can often take a new location with the help of licensed treatment specialists to uncover triggers, adapt positive coping skills, and heal from trauma and challenging past experiences.

Our five drug and alcohol rehab centers located in Malibu provide a beautiful, serene and discreet environment to help individuals heal. It can be challenging to begin addiction treatment in a harmful environment with the presence of drugs and alcohol around. It can often take a new location with the help of licensed treatment specialists to uncover triggers, adapt positive coping skills, and heal from trauma and challenging past experiences.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Process

Our client’s safety and comfort is our top priority. Medication assisted treatment can provide relief from uncomfortable and dangerous withdrawal symptoms due to substance use disorder. Medication administered during MAT varies depending on the type and severity of the addiction, as each medicine has a different mechanism in which it works within the body. For example, some medications work to reduce cravings, while others help combat the physiological hindrances of withdrawal. These are a few of the many reasons why MAT programs are so effective in addressing addictions such as alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorders.

Alcohol Use Disorder

For those who are faced with alcoholism or struggle with alcohol abuse, Naltrexone is the most common medication used to treat alcohol disorders and is on the list of FDA-approved medications. It is not an opioid, nor does it cause withdrawal symptoms when stopping its use. Naltrexone works by blocking the euphoric effects that are caused by alcohol and opioid use thereby reducing cravings for alcohol. Naltrexone is typically administered after the detoxification process to ensure the patient’s safety.

Opioid Dependence

For those struggling with opioid addiction, Naltrexone, Buprenorphine, or Methadone treatment may be used depending on the patient’s unique needs and medical history.

These medications are most commonly used in opioid treatment programs as they work to reduce cravings and block the effects of opioids. These medications are safe to use over a longer period of time and our medical staff will work closely with you to determine which option, if any, is suitable for your unique situation.

Overdose Prevention

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist used to prevent opioid overdose —including opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications—which has become a leading public health crisis in the United States with the opioid epidemic. This opioid use disorder medication used in medication assisted treatment can reduce and reverse the effects and toxic strongholds that patients experience during an opioid overdose.

Our team of healthcare providers and addiction specialists will work directly with you to understand your treatment options and determine which will be most beneficial for you in conjunction with one of our addiction treatment programs.

The Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

There is a myriad of benefits for those who receive medication assisted treatment to aid in their substance abuse recovery. Some of the many benefits of MAT, apart from other treatment options, include:

  1. Relief from the discomfort of taxing withdrawal symptoms
  2. Decreasing or eradicating severe drug and alcohol cravings that go hand in hand with withdrawal
  3. Lowering the possibility of an overdose and relapse
  4. Improving levels of participation in addiction treatment and rehab programs
  5. Making the transition back to life after treatment easier

Relief from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by opioid addiction, alcohol use disorder, and other substance use disorders is the primary reason medication-assisted treatment programs are so effective. Clients undergoing detox with minimal discomfort are more likely to stay in treatment long enough to achieve sustained sobriety. Furthermore, when medication assisted treatments are used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates counseling and therapeutic modalities, individuals can jumpstart their recovery journey.

Common Misconceptions About
Addiction Medicine

While medications like naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone treatment, can’t cure a substance use disorder, they are FDA-approved to help minimize withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and lesson the risk of relapse. Some of the most common misconceptions about MAT are:

Misconception #1. Using medication will create an additional addiction

Medications used during MAT are chosen with extreme care, thought, and scientifically backed evidence. The dosage and length of use are determined by our primary care providers and licensed treatment specialists on site. The inclusions of medications during MAT are used specifically to diminish or combat the euphoric effects and strong highs created by opioid and alcohol abuse. They decrease or eliminate drug and alcohol cravings and work to balance brain chemistry which is often changed through addictive drug use such as opioids.

Misconception #2. It is better to go cold turkey than use addiction medicine

Going “cold turkey” means suddenly eliminating all drugs, alcohol, medication, etc., and using willpower to end addiction. This method has been proven not only ineffective for many but can be quite dangerous as well. Depending on the type and severity of the addiction, due to prolonged physical dependence on opioids or alcohol, the withdrawal process can be excruciating, unbearable, and even life-threatening. Using MAT-approved medications under the guidance of our trained and licensed staff can help avoid risks and fatalities from the withdrawal and detoxification process.

Misconception #3. MAT only works on severe addictions

MAT can be beneficial for most participants in a drug or alcohol treatment program regardless of the severity of the addiction. As the medication dosage is determined on a case-by-case basis, the amount can be adjusted depending on the severity and need of the patient. In addition, our team of treatment professionals provides ongoing monitoring to ensure you receive the correct dose.

MAT at Malibu Detox and Residential Center

At Malibu Detox, we believe incorporating MAT offers clients the best chance to sustain recovery. With the help of FDA-approved medications to relieve pain and discomfort associated with detox, clients can spend their days in early recovery addressing the underlying causes of addiction and developing healthy coping skills needed to remain clean and sober.

Whether you are struggling with opioid addiction or another form of substance abuse, in our treatment centers in Malibu, you will find a safe, supportive environment with expert staff committed to making your substance use disorder treatment experience as comfortable as possible. All of our addiction recovery and mental health services are crafted with your unique needs in mind, with your safety at the forefront.

Find Help Today

Reaching out for help to find the right addiction treatment program is a major first step in the recovery journey. Whether you are reaching out for yourself or a loved one, we can help. Call our California drug and alcohol rehab and detox center, Malibu Detox, at (424) 234-2027 to learn more about our mental health and substance abuse programs.

Contact our Malibu, California, drug, and alcohol rehab and detox center today at (424) 234-2027 to discuss your personalized addiction treatment plan. We accept most major and private insurance plans and will work with you to navigate your coverage to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. Our admissions staff looks forward to speaking with you.

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