Medication Assisted Treatment
Sometimes the path to addiction recovery starts with a closely-monitored medication program because quitting “cold turkey” is too dangerous. Medication assisted treatment works in conjunction with other forms of therapy to help ease the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping the patient focused on sobriety. Nursing staff is available with oversight by our medical director.
One of the medications the MAT clinic provides is suboxone. CKF provides medically-supervised access to Suboxone, a medication frequently used in opioid addiction treatment, in combination with addiction treatment programs.
Suboxone is the combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (a pure opioid antagonist). Simply put, Suboxone works to trigger the opioid receptors in the brain but at a much lesser “high” than with opioids. The second medication in Suboxone blocks the first effect and signals withdrawl. The overall result of Suboxone is that it helps to wean the patient off the opioid drugs.
Medication Assisted Withdrawal Protocols
Once staff assesses your condition they will decide whether you are a good candidate for medication-assisted treatment. This will be determined by several factors including:
- Official diagnosis of alcohol or opioid addiction.
- Willingness to comply with treatment.
- No physical issues that could be made worse by medication.
- Patient is fully informed of alternative options.
You may not be an ideal candidate for medication-assisted treatment if you have:
- A history of medication misuse.
- An addiction to a substance that cannot be treated with an FDA-approved medication.
- A co-occurring substance addiction (the drug may negatively interact with medication).
- A severe physical limitation, such as lung or heart condition, that opioid agonists might complicate.
- A low level of motivation to get sober.