Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a method of drug addiction treatment for opiate addiction. Serenity Recovery Centers offers certain prescription medications for treating the cravings and withdrawals of opiate dependence, such as Vivitrol and Suboxone. If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate abuse and addiction, learn more about how we safely use medication-assisted treatment to aid in the recovery process.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Opiates are a physically, as well as psychologically, addictive substance. To recover from abuse or addiction to a form of opioid requires specialized treatments. This includes medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that helps the body slowly recover from its physiological dependence on opiates. By receiving MAT while participating in a treatment program at Serenity Recovery Centers, you increase your chances of recovery from opioid dependence.

Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment

The use of medication to treat drugs is not a new concept. However, as opiate addiction skyrockets across the nation, doctors are developing more effective ways to incorporate MAT into treatment programs. Two of the most effective medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction are Suboxone and Vivitrol

Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone treatment uses buprenorphine and naloxone in the form of a sublingual film. This film is placed inside your cheek or under your tongue. When using Suboxone your cravings and withdrawals will be suppressed due to the buprenorphine. At the same time, the naloxone ensures that you cannot abuse Suboxone without experiencing withdrawal symptoms as a result of misuse. Since Suboxone has the potential for abuse, it is used under recommendation and supervision by our staff here at Serenity Recovery Centers.

Vivitrol Treatment

Vivitrol is an injectable medication that helps to prevent relapse of opioid use. During Vivitrol treatment, you cannot take any opioids or medications containing opiates, including buprenorphine as this is a narcotic that attaches to opioid receptors. You inject the drug once a month, and Vivitrol is non-addictive. It is typically used post-recovery for maintenance against drug dependence.

Treatment Programs at Serenity

Along with medication-assisted treatment, we offer several programs that allow you or your loved one to recover from addiction in a healthy and safe environment. These include:

  • Residential treatment for addiction
  • Intensive outpatient addiction treatment
  • Aftercare group services for continual care
  • Various types of counseling including individual and group therapy
  • Halfway house facilities

To qualify for the medication-assisted treatment you will need to be enrolled in a program at Serenity Recovery Centers. 

Admissions to Medication-Assisted Treatment 

At Serenity Recovery Centers we provide you with the tools you need to succeed in your battle with addiction. Part of this commitment to you includes the availability of medication-assisted treatment. To begin your journey toward treatment for drug addiction including Suboxone treatment and Vivitrol treatment, contact us today. Please note you must be in a Serenity Recovery Centers program in order to qualify for medication-assisted treatment.

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