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Medication-Assisted Treatment at The Raleigh House

Medication-Assisted Treatment at The Raleigh House

Substance use disorder can lead to complex physiological changes that make long-term recovery challenging. Continued misuse of alcohol or drugs can cause a breakdown of impulse control, perpetuating substance reuse cycles even after relatively long periods of sobriety.

The right medication-assisted treatment program gives clients an effective resource for managing triggers and dramatically reducing the risk of overdose. At The Raleigh House, we provide a customized system of interventions designed to address our clients’ unique recovery challenges.

What is MAT?

MAT, shorthand for Medication-assisted treatment, is an approach that incorporates clinically approved medications into recovery treatment. It is a therapy that supports a comprehensive, intensive intervention and offers excellent outcomes for clients struggling with severe or long-term substance use disorder.

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The technique helps reprogram the brain’s response to substances, diminishing the urge to reuse. When substance use disorders are long-established or severe, medications can significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms, making detox safer and substantially more comfortable.

Medication-assisted treatment programs have demonstrated significant clinical effectiveness. Through customized interventions that combine cognitive-behavioral therapy and other treatments, clients can overcome their reliance on substances and enjoy healthy, productive, sober lives outside of the inpatient recovery setting.

The Raleigh House Medication-Assisted Treatment

The Raleigh House offers a tailored approach to recovery, combining medication-assisted treatment with targeted therapies that address a broad spectrum of co-occurring disorders. These treatments will often include cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy sessions, experiential therapy, family systems therapy, and equine-assisted psychotherapy, among other interventions.
Medication-assisted treatment programs are especially beneficial for clients struggling with addiction to the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opioids
  • Prescription drugs

Types of MAT Medications

Medications vary depending on the type of disorder and treatment plan.

Common medications for alcohol use disorder include acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. For people dependent on opioids, treatment medications might consist of buprenorphine and naltrexone. However, at The Raleigh House, the three medications we most often use are Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol.

Suboxone

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid use disorder. It is classified as a partial opioid agonist antagonist, effectively curbing the desire to reuse and reducing withdrawal symptoms.

Methadone

Methadone has been in use as medication-assisted treatment for more than four decades. It is an effective treatment for opioid misuse, as it mitigates severe withdrawal symptoms and lessens drug cravings by binding to the brain’s opioid receptors.

Vivitrol

Vivitrol offers excellent outcomes when used to treat substance use disorders. It inhibits the euphoric effects of intoxicating substances, markedly reducing cravings. Vivitrol can also be used for opioids — technically, it is naltrexone, just in the injectable form — typically a monthly dose. When used with therapy and intensive addiction intervention, it is a highly effective recovery treatment and offers excellent outcomes for a diverse population of clients. Vivitrol provides the following benefits:

  • It does not trigger withdrawal symptoms
  • It does not cause an intoxicating response
  • Does not extend opioid or alcohol dependence

At The Raleigh House, all clients have access to dedicated recovery experts and licensed counselors starting from intake and throughout continuing care. We strive to provide a safe space for healing and offer clients struggling with substance use disorders the resources they need to facilitate long-term sobriety.

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