Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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"Often, when a person begins substance abuse treatment, one of the first challenges is navigating the withdrawal process.
When someone is suffering from an opioid addiction, withdrawal can lead to distressing physical and psychological challenges, including nausea and vomiting, muscle aches, sleep difficulties, profuse sweating, and anxiety. Someone who is withdrawing from opioids may also experience intense, ongoing drug cravings. These complications can make it difficult for a person to successfully end opioid use and remain in recovery.
Medication-assisted treatment offers a whole-person approach to opioid addiction care. By combining medication and a counseling component such as individual or group therapy, medication-assisted treatment programs can help people address the physical, emotional, and social aspects of recovery and lay the groundwork for ongoing success. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), medication-assisted treatment programs are most effective when they include behavioral health therapies like individual counseling or group therapy.
Our opioid addiction treatment center uses Suboxone, buprenorphine, and methadone to help ease the challenges of withdrawal as well as reduce opioid cravings. Taking these medications can help people improve their daily functioning and achieve a sense of physical stability and mental clarity. With these benefits, patients may be able to engage in regular activities, including attending work or school, and participate more fully in treatment.
Medication-assisted treatment is an evidence-based intervention, and respected organizations such as SAMHSA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommend MAT as an effective form of opioid addiction treatment. Participating in medication-assisted treatment can lead to a range of benefits, including:
Improved treatment retention
Higher social functioning
Higher employment rates and fewer work absences
Reduced illicit opioid use"

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