Medication Assisted Treatment
Addiction is a chronic disease that drastically alters normal brain functioning. For certain individuals, the craving for alcohol or a drug is so strong that they are unable to focus on seeking treatment or if in treatment, to focus on staying in recovery. Addiction medications can be life-saving for these individuals, as their brains and bodies heal.
Through our Outpatient Services, we offer buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) and naltrexone (Vivitrol®) as key tools in supporting a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. These medications have been proven to reduce cravings and minimize physical withdrawal symptoms in individuals who suffer from alcoholism or an opioid addiction.
Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) – An FDA approved drug to help in the treatment of opioid addiction, both heroin and prescription painkillers. Buprenorphine, a “partial agonist,” binds to opiate receptors to block cravings and diminish withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone is incorporated to prevent misuse of the medication. Medication is either delivered as a tablet or in the case of Suboxone®, a film to be placed either under the tongue or on the inside of the cheek. Medication is taken daily at a dosage and frequency prescribed by a SAMSHA and DEA certified physician.
Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) – An FDA approved drug to help in the treatment of opioid and alcohol addiction. Naltrexone, an “antagonist” drug, attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, with no euphoric effect, and inhibits any possible “high” that comes from taking opioids. The long-acting formulation of this medication is delivered via an injection provided once a month by a physician.
While beneficial in minimizing physical discomforts associated with addiction, these medications on their own are insufficient in treating addiction. Individualized clinical and psychological counseling is critical for long-term, sustained sobriety.
At Mountainside, clients who choose to participate in Medication Assisted Treatment receive:
- A comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluation
- Weekly or monthly delivery of medications coupled with psychiatric monitoring and counseling
- An individualized, holistic alcohol or drug addiction treatment plan via our
- Outpatient Services
- A plan to taper addiction medications down to zero within 6 months
While buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) and naltrexone (Vivitrol®) are effective tools in treating alcohol and drug addiction, Medication Assisted Treatment may not be appropriate for all individuals. It is important to seek the guidance of licensed alcohol and drug addiction professionals to determine if addiction medications are right for you.
Call today for a free confidential assessment or more information about our MAT program.