Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
What Is MAT?
At MCCA we embrace a multi-disciplinary approach to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The use of medication is always done in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.
MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.
Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs.
All medications are available across all programs. with the exception of Sublocade. Due to medication storage regulations, Sublocade is only offered in Danbury at this time.
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Medication Assisted Treatment at MCCA
Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)
A highly effective prescription medication, Suboxone is used in the treatment of opioid addiction. Available as a film strip that dissolves under the tongue, this addiction medicine must be be taken daily under medical supervision. Suboxone blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse.
An opiate antagonist, Naltrexone works in the brain to decreases the desire to use opiates by preventing opiate effects (i.e., feelings of well-being, pain relief). It must not be used in people currently taking opiates, including methadone. Doing so can cause sudden withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone is also used to treat alcohol abuse and can help people drink less alcohol or stop drinking altogether.
Vivitrol (Naltrexone extended-release)
Vivitrol is a non-addictive antagonist or blocking medication. The extended-release formulation of Naltrexone is used to treat alcoholism and opioid addiction. This drug is available as a monthly injection, administered by a certified healthcare professional.
Sublocade is injected under the skin once per month and is used to treat opioid addiction. This medication is given to people who have started addiction treatment with an oral form of buprenorphine, which is placed under the tongue or inside the cheek.
Subutex (buprenorphine-daily sublingual dose)
Subutex is administered in as an uncoated tablet form and contains buprenorphine, a drug used to treat dependence/addiction to opioids (narcotics). Subutex is safe for pregnant women and is available in two dosage strengths.
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