Recovery is possible. Even if you don’t know where to start or who to turn to for help, being willing is the first and most important step. Talk to someone you trust and confide in them your willingness to take back your life.
Can’t stop even if you wanted to?
Is your loved one out of control?
Does it seem impossible to break away from your drug or drink?
Are you afraid of withdrawals or detox?
What Can I Do?
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What is Medication Assisted Treatment? (MAT)
MAT is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Benefits of MAT
- Offers relief during detox and withdrawals
- Increases patient participation in treatment
- Reduces chances of relapse
- Increases patient’s ability to gain and maintain employment
- Decreases street drug use and criminal activity among people with substance abuse disorders.
Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) are treated with the following medications:
Alcohol Dependence has been shown to improve with these FDA approved medications:
- Naltrexone (ReVia®, Depade®)
- Naltrexone for Extended-Release Injectable Suspension (VIVITROL®)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse®)
- Acamprosate Calcium (Campral®)
Tobacco Addiction – Nicotine replacement therapies can be purchased over the counter and include the patch, gum, inhalers, lozenges, and other forms. Additionally, two FDA approved prescriptions medications are available: bupropion, sold as Zyban®, and varenicline, sold as Chantix® – both of which affect the brain’s neurotransmitters to block cravings.
Find MAT Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can help you through withdrawals and detox to make recovery more successful and less painful. There’s no need to suffer.
**Please note that as with any treatment plan- MAT is only beneficial when used appropriately and in conjunction with a full treatment plan.
If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs or alcohol click on the links below for helpful information on what to do next as well as answers to questions you may have.
Treatment or Detox?
“My problem isn’t with alcohol or opioids. Is there anything else to help me through withdrawals?“
Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Marijuana, Cocaine, etc. do not have any specific FDA approved medications to assist in withdrawals or as a treatment option. There are, however, other medications to assist in the detoxification period, and others that may be prescribed on a long term basis to help avoid relapse.
” I don’t need detox. Can’t I just get into treatment?
Many treatment facilities offer an in-house detox, others require a 3-5 day detox before being admitted into the program, and yet others don’t require a detox if you can provide a clean urine drug test and aren’t exhibiting any signs of distress.
Relapse – The Most Frustrating Setback
“Why can’t they just get sober and stay sober?”
Relapse often occurs when people in recovery are triggered by other people, places, things or emotions that remind them of substance abuse, often leading to cravings for drugs or alcohol to deal with intense emotions, or to feel “normal”. It’s not uncommon for someone in recovery to relapse more than once in their sober life.
You can help them by offering support, encouraging them to take the next best step, educating yourself on the dangers of relapse and never shaming or blaming.
Be prepared for an emergency – After achieving time in recovery a person’s tolerance changes, making relapse potentially deadly. If your loved one was once a high tolerance heroin user, their tolerance will be incredibly less after six-months of sobriety. If they were to relapse on a dose they were once accustomed to, they could potentially overdose and die. The same goes for an alcoholic. Knowing the cues to watch out for and being prepared in case of such an emergency could mean the difference of life and death.
“I relapsed. What should I do?”
-When relapse occurs, feelings of shame and guilt will flood your emotions making you feel like a failure. Don’t let these feelings bring you down. You will get through this. Use these negative emotions and doubt as fuel to motivate yourself to seek support and sobriety.
-Reach out to a sober support person or sponsor to share your relapse with and make a plan to get back on track to recovery.
-Consider the length and intensity of relapse and decide whether you’ll need detox and/or treatment to get you on your feet. If your slip was a matter of hours or days, you may find it possible to right yourself quickly without requiring treatment. If it was weeks long in duration or quite a bit more dramatic of a slip, treatment (and detox) may be necessary to safely get moving in the right direction. Either way, don’t look regard it as a failure in your recovery, but a stepping stone. Being able to identify the behavior, stop yourself from getting further into trouble and getting back on track can be an incredibly powerful reminder of your commitment to recovery and the strength that lies within you.
FACING A CRISIS?
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
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