MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT)
MAT is an evidence-based practice that combines the use of FDA-approved medications with counseling, behavioral therapies, psychosocial therapies, and social support services to treat substance use disorders, opioid dependence, and prevent opioid overdoses. It has been clinically proven to be safe and effective in treating addiction using a holistic approach to patient care with comprehensive and individualized care plans that lead to better patient outcomes and higher success rates in the long-term recovery of addiction.
MAT significantly reduces the need for inpatient detoxification services decreasing costs, increasing flexibility, and improves the availability of addiction treatment.
MAT is FDA approved and reduces the relapse risk to opioids by occupying receptors within the brain that are associated with using opioids, block the rewarding sensation related to using opioids, or induce negative feelings when opioids are consumed.
- Diminishing Opioid Cravings
- Prevention of withdrawal symptoms
- Decreases Risk of Overdose
- Increase Retention in Treatment
- Reduce Risky Behaviors Leading to HIV and Hepatitis
This allows the individual to be stabilized and engaged in therapeutic services such as:
- Individual and group therapies focusing on relapse prevention and identifying factors sustaining addiction
- Peer and Family Support, Community Education Service to encourage psychosocial support by increasing knowledge and understanding of addiction and treatment
- Social Support Services: 12 Step recovery program (NA / AA) and Faith-Based Programs enhancing spiritual well-being and promoting social support among peers, family, and community members.
MAT is the standard of Opioid addiction care as stated by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
MAT outcomes and results have found that individuals are more likely to be in treatment at one-year follow-up and less likely to be incarcerated. They are also more likely to be employed and less likely to relapse or be using. More likely to sustain sobriety and less likely to overdose with long-term recovery achievable.
Our approach at A New Start Clinic to the treatment of addiction follows a three-phases for the MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT.
Therapy, the Psychological (Mind) mental - behavioral aspect of our patients.
Medication (Buprenorphine-Naloxone) for their Biological / physical (Body) aspect.
Social influences Narcotics Anonymous / Alcoholics Anonymous (12-step program) for the Spiritual aspect.
Opioid Addiction is a chronic disease due to deficiency of dopamine, a brain chemical that allows people to feel normal, deal with life, be content & happy. As much a chronic disease as diabetes which is due to a deficiency of insulin in the pancreas.
MAT is an evidence-based practice that combines medication with counseling, behavioral therapies, psychosocial therapies, and social support services to treat substance use disorders, opioid dependence, and prevent opioid overdoses.
The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines to overcome an addiction to alcohol. The program gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups to adapt the steps to their own needs.