people at a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programAn individual’s willingness to get clean can vary from day to day, but one of the most common reasons people leave treatment is their urge to abuse substances or alcohol. The purpose of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is to help ease these drug cravings so individuals can focus on their therapy. The longer people stay in treatment, the better their chances of long-term success, so MAT is just one of the many tools we utilize at Coalition Recovery to help our clients get their life back.

How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?

To understand how MAT works, it is easier to understand how these drugs work first. Opiates, alcohol, and benzos function by crossing the blood-brain barrier and attaching to brain receptors, triggering many neurotransmitters that produce highs and euphoric feelings. Addictions form when the user seeks these feelings of euphoria despite adverse consequences – causing dependence and a substance use disorder. MAT is a helpful tool to ease these struggles by stopping the effects of opiates in your brain. When your brain doesn’t get the feeling of euphoria from opiate use, it gradually ceases to crave the substance.

While MAT can be effective on its own, when used together with counseling, therapy, and aftercare, medically assisted treatment has been shown to improve the chances of success significantly.

What are the Pros and Cons of Medication-Assisted Treatment?

It might seem counterintuitive to treat an opioid addiction with another opioid, but prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opiates, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the adversarial effects of the abused drug. It is essentially replacing the substance with one less harmful and addictive – making it safer and more comfortable to detach from the substance entirely.

Contact Coalition Recovery Today

Coalition Recovery in Tampa, Florida strives to be ahead of the curve by continually adapting to new and better ways to treat addiction. Medication-assisted treatment is one of the many tools we can utilize to make the process smooth and successful. If you or a loved one is considering treatment, visit us online and complete our confidential form or call 888.707.2873 for private information. Coalition Recovery may or may not be the right fit, but we are willing to educate on the best options available. Don’t wait! Take back your life.