“Opioid addiction is a treatable disorder. And it can be managed successfully.”
Methadone is a medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates. It allows people to recover from their addiction and to reclaim active and meaningful lives.
Methadone works by reducing drug cravings and relieving severe withdrawal symptoms, which can often lead to relapse, without providing the “high” or euphoria which other opioid prescriptions or abuse of opiates will.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a "whole-patient" approach to the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs). Medications are prescribed by a physician and dispensed by licensed nurses, following strict local, state and federal regulations. If someone has dependency issues with alcohol or benzodiazepines and, also, needs medication-assisted treatment for opioids, they must be detoxed prior to becoming a patient at the MAT clinic.
While it may seem counterintuitive to some, studies repeatedly show that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective tool for managing withdrawal symptoms, reducing cravings and improving treatment outcomes for people suffering opioid use disorder (OUD). MAT programs also provide individuals with counseling and behavioral therapies which address the underlying causes for substance use and, also, provide much-needed recovery support and health care.
There is no set minimum or maximum duration for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Every addiction treatment plan is customized to meet each individual’s unique needs. Due to the chronic nature of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), each patient's MAT plan is periodically re-evaluated and adjusted accordingly.
Suboxone is s the brand name for a prescription medication used in treating those addicted to opioids, illegal or prescription. It contains the ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, blocks the opiate receptors and reduces a person's urges
Buprenorphine, or Suboxone and Methadone are both opioids. They both stimulate the opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain. Both medications are long-acting and are effective in treating opiate addiction. However, they are distinguishable from each other. Suboxone is a partial agonist, and does not activate the mu receptors to the same extent as methadone. There is a ceiling effect, so the effects will not reach a pleasurable level that provides any sort of high. Regardless of the dose increase, Suboxone can have minimal euphoric feelings but not nearly to the level of full agonists, like methadone. Methadone is a full mu opioid agonist which continues to produce its effects on the opioid receptors in the brain until they are all full activated. Once the maximum level is reached, it impacts the brain as a full agonist like the way heroin would. However, once the optimal dose is reached, methadone will eliminate the euphoric effects while disabling the uncomfortable effects of having an insufficient dose.
Both Methadone and Suboxone have minor side effects, with no health risks in the long-term. These side effects reduce with time—once the optimal medication dose is achieved.
You are ready for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) when you realize you are not able to stop using opioids. When you become incapable of fulfilling your financial responsibilities because your opioid addiction is draining your bank account. When your opioid use affects your personal or professional life. And when you keep abusing opioids, regardless of the negative consequences.
Yes, all patient health files are confidential. ALEF always respects your privacy.
Call to speak with a specialist or come visit the ALEF Behavioral Health Group clinic. Our staff will assist you with paperwork and the program details, every step of the way. You will submit a urine sample and a doctor will finalize the assessment and determine your individualized treatment plan.
ALEF is here to effectively treat those suffering from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). If you or your loved one is battling heroin, fentanyl or prescription pain pill addiction, please give us a call. Let us help you take back your life.