Overcoming the biological effects of the substances you have been using can be very difficult. Everyone’s brain is different and experiences different severities of these effects as well as different timelines for recovering from these effects. While some are able to stop using a a substance and begin rebuilding their lives, some have a very difficult time stopping the substance without use of medication assisted treatment (MAT).
Our qualified staff can assess if MAT could be an appropriate option for you in your recovery journey. These medications can be taken for a short period of time or may be taken long-term as you and your medical provider consider what will help you the most.
If you are interested in MAT services from CKF Addiction Treatment, you will need to begin by scheduling an assessment. Completing an assessment with an addiction health care professional will allow you to further understand your diagnosis and the health care options that may help you the most. The recommended counseling services will be a requirement if you begin services with our medical clinic.
Following the assessment, you will meet with a CKF medical provider. The medical provider will visit with you about your substance use while also reviewing the summary and recommendations of the counselor who assessed you. This appointment will provide you with further support and guidance as you consider if medications are going to be best for you.
At your initial appointment, you will be administered your first dose of medication and monitored by our staff. We want to make sure that the dosing is appropriate and ensure that any reactions you may have to the medication are normal and manageable. You will then be scheduled for your follow-up appointment by our nurse.
Medication with counseling for long-term success
Some medications allow you to get a prescription and take the medication at home while others require that you come into the clinic to get your dose.
Our medical staff will work with you on a plan to make sure that the process is safe and help manage your addiction for long-term success.
There are individuals who begin MAT with the plan to take it for a short period of time to assist their initial sobriety efforts. There are also individuals who find that the medication helps manage their sobriety and focus on other important areas of their lives so well that they choose to take it long-term. Either of these options are okay, and our medical staff will provide feedback and recommendations on the pros and cons of each.
Giving you the balance to create stability
MAT can help the brain function at an optimal level so that the negative effects of stopping substance use are minimized. This is helpful when you are focusing on a plan of care that touches so many areas of your life and depends on your ability to feel balanced day to day.
CKF Addiction Treatment understands that addiction is a chronic disease that requires chronic disease management.
We have been providing addiction health care since 1967 and are continuously focusing on innovating our care delivery to match the needs of our patients. Though addiction can be challenging and confusing for those who have an addiction, there are care pathways available for you. CKF Addiction Treatment is here to make sure you are not alone on your journey to a better tomorrow.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the MAT Clinic?
MAT stands for Medication Assisted Treatment. MAT combines the use of FDA approved medications with counseling or behavioral therapies to treat the whole patient.
Who can benefit from MAT?
The FDA has approved medications for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). It also is used to sustain recovery and prevent overdose. Individuals with AUD and or OUD, who are in active addition or struggling with cravings in their recoveries could benefit from MAT.
Are there medications for all substance use disorders?
Currently, there are medications for alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, and tobacco use disorder. Research is being conducted on medications for stimulant use disorders. In the future, there will most likely be FDA approved medication options for all substance use disorders.
What options are available for Alcohol Use Disorder?
Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are the most used medications approved for the treatment of AUD.
What are the options for Opioid Use Disorder?
Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are the FDA approved medications for treatment of OUD. Naloxone is an FDA approved medication used to prevent opioid overdose.
Are these medications safe?
The medications have been found safe and effective by the FDA for the treatment of AUD and OUD.
How do I know which medication is right for me?
At your appointment, the medical provider will discuss options with you and help find the appropriate treatment for you based on your health and treatment needs.
How long should someone be on MAT?
Each person’s path to recovery is unique. While some individuals will require medication for a certain time period, others may require medication indefinitely. It is recommended that the healthcare provider continues to assess the individual and continue treatment as medically appropriate.
Is MAT effective?
MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for these individuals. MAT provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy that address the needs of most patients (SAMHSA Website)