Medication-Assisted Treatment - MAT - Programs in Massachusetts

Addiction takes an enormous toll on anyone who suffers from this devastating disease.. When someone seeks treatment, they often aren’t sure what to expect. Attending a variety of therapeutic modalities makes a huge difference but sometimes recovery works best when coupled with specific medications. Lake Avenue Recovery provides various medication-assisted treatment or MAT programs in Worcester, Massachusetts to help people to recover from addiction to alcohol and opioid drugs.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to help those suffering from substance use disorders. It works particularly well for those addicted to opioid drugs and alcohol. Medication-assisted treatment in Massachusetts works by combining two approaches simultaneously. The first is attending talk and behavioral therapy to help the person explore the origins of their addiction and how to overcome it. The second part of MAT is the use of prescription medications that help people who experience substance cravings and withdrawal symptoms. When these two approaches are used in conjunction, it improves the individual’s ability to stay in recovery.

How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?

Two of the biggest obstacles that keep a person from staying on the path to recovery are addressed when they use MAT programs such as ours in MassachusettsWhen a person stops abusing alcohol or opioid drugs, they experience cravings to use these substances that can last for weeks. As well, the first several days or weeks can include withdrawal symptoms that prove difficult to bear without assistance. Someone using MAT as part of their overall treatment program typically experiences fewer substance cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This helps them focus on their therapy sessions and targeted treatment goals. With fewer distractions that can lead to a relapse, the person can drill down on discussing their emotions and thoughts. From there, they can reshape them from negative and self-defeating to positive and recovery-oriented.

What Types of Medication-Assisted Treatment Do We Offer in Massachusetts?

Our medication-assisted treatment in Massachusetts includes more than one type of FDA-approved drug that provides tremendous help for those using them. They include:

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is the brand name for the drug Naltrexone. It is used in the treatment of both opioid and alcohol addiction. It is given by intramuscular injection. Additionally, Vivitrol blocks the receptors in the brain that normally cause the person to feel a euphoric drug high or drunk if they take opioids or drink alcohol. As a result, if a person does use those substances, they will not get the desired payoff.  As well, if someone uses opioids while taking Vivitrol, they will experience unpleasant side effects.

Naltrexone: Naltrexone is a prescription drug that is classified as an opioid antagonist. It is used in a pill form and blocks the effects of using opioid drugs, such as heroin. A person in treatment for addiction must have gone at least seven days without using opioids before beginning to use Naltrexone. If someone who takes Naltrexone uses an opioid drug, they will not feel the usual effects of getting high because Naltrexone blocks those. As well, the person will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The combination of these two effects makes them less likely to use opioids again.

Suboxone: Suboxone is the brand name for buprenorphine and is used to treat opioid addiction. When taken as prescribed, it produces low-level effects of euphoria that are similar to those experienced when someone uses an opioid drug. However, suboxone is a safe medication and, in fact, helps trick the body into feeling as if it consumed opioids. This diminishes the person’s cravings for the actual drugs and reduces their withdrawal symptoms.



Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opiods and Alcohol

In addition to the medications used to treat addiction to opioids and alcohol, we include several types of talk and experiential therapy as part of our medication-assisted treatment in Massachusetts. Each modality offers its own benefits that aids people in understanding the nature of their addiction and what methods will work best for them to overcome it. The therapies we offer as part of MAT include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Individual Therapy
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Exercise Therapy

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Someone who uses our MAT programs here in Massachusetts gains several benefits that help them stay sober. These benefits include:

  • Can decrease the amount of time spent in detox and other treatment levels
  • Both medical and therapeutic supervision
  • Eases withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to stay sober
  • Reduces cravings for substances, which lowers a person’s temptation to relapse
  • The combination of therapy and medication can aid in the treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders

Begin Our MAT Programs in Massachusetts

Are you ready to overcome your addiction to alcohol or opioid drugs and want to know about your options? Lake Avenue Recovery provides highly effective medication-assisted treatment in Massachusetts that changes lives. We provide a unique combination of talk therapy and FDA-approved medications that help people with withdrawal symptoms and substance cravings. Our outpatient program is located on picturesque, waterside property in an area that encourages people to relax and focus on healing. When you trust us with your treatment, you will make progress that improves both your mental and physical health.

For more information about how we can help transform your life, Contact Us today. It’s time to heal yourself and plan for an exciting new life.

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