Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Addiction Fighting Medications

Addiction is a chronic disease that dramatically alters normal brain functioning.  For certain individuals, the craving for alcohol or an opioid 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.

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.  By quelling the debilitating effects of withdrawal, clients experience greater mental clarity and are better able to guard against relapse.  As clients’ overall health stabilizes, we help them begin a medically-monitored taper down to zero medication use.  Our ultimate goal is to help each client live an abstinence-based sober lifestyle.

Structured Clinical Therapy

Upon admission, clients are given a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist and a biopsychosocial evaluation by a licensed clinician.  Our team of professionals works together to create individualized wellness plans to address each client’s needs and goals.  Clinical therapy is paired with medications to put clients on the path toward long-term, sustained sobriety. Through regular individual therapy and group counseling sessions in our Outpatient Services, clients learn skills to positively confront triggers, avoid relapse, and work toward recovery goals.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

At Mountainside, Medication-Assisted Treatment clients receive:

  • A psychiatric evaluation with a psychiatrist
  • A biopsychosocial evaluation by a licensed clinician
  • A comprehensive, individualized wellness plan with tailored medication and counseling schedules
  • Regular meetings with a medical professional who reviews medication efficacy and makes adjustments as needed
  • Group counseling and individual therapy sessions via Outpatient Services
  • A plan to completely taper off addiction medications within 6 months
  • Relapse prevention
  • Frequent toxicology screenings
  • 24-hour help hotline
  • Three weeks of Recovery Coaching during transition to abstinence

Our MAT program is available in two locations—Canaan, CT and Wilton, CT.  Both locations offer flexible hours for counseling and medication management appointments to fit your life schedule.  We work with most private insurance and many offer some MAT coverage.

While buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) and naltrexone (Vivitrol®) can be effective tools in combating alcohol and drug addiction, Medication-Assisted Treatment may not be appropriate for all individuals.  It is important to seek the guidance of licensed addiction treatment professionals to determine if MAT is right for you or a loved one.  To learn more about the program or if your insurance covers MAT, call us today.