Medication assisted treatment (MAT) can be a game changer in the treatment of addiction, and is especially helpful for combating the opioid epidemic. Addiction recovery is a process. It takes time and involves weeks, even months of treatment to successfully manage an addiction to a powerful drug such as opioids like heroin. Many people find it difficult to focus on recovery treatments between withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings to use. Even after the detox phase of treatment, cravings and some withdrawal symptoms may persist for a period of time. MAT can alleviate these symptoms, helping people focus on their therapy as well as rebuilding their lives.

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Andre P.

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Kyle M.

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What Is MAT?

Medication assisted treatment involves the use of various medications along with other therapies such as counseling to treat substance addiction. MAT is especially useful in the treatment of opioid use disorders. However, medications may also be prescribed for alcohol use disorder and other forms of substance addiction depending on the individual’s symptoms. Research has shown that treating the ‘whole person’ is effective for managing addiction. That’s why DayBreak is committed to offering MAT at our Philadelphia rehab for those who can benefit from it. MAT programs can help battle the opioid epidemic by reducing opioid dependency. MAT also suppresses withdrawal symptoms.

Medication assisted treatment has not always been favorably regarded. Critics of the treatment were concerned about the use of drugs to treat those dependent on drugs. However, it’s crucial to remember that the medications used to treat addiction are much safer than the powerful substances that people are addicted to. Over time, the medical community has developed many safe medication treatments that help individuals overcome their dependence on dangerous drugs like heroin. 

Today, of course, there is a substantial body of evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of medication assisted treatment and its harm reduction in the treatment for opioid addiction. MAT also successfully suppresses withdrawal symptoms.  In short, using safer drugs to help people get off and stay off drugs is proving to be a necessity in the treatment of substance addiction. 

The FDA has approved many different medications to treat withdrawal symptoms and the powerful cravings associated with addictions to opioid use disorders, alcohol, and other powerfully addictive substances. The simple fact is, when people are more comfortable–experiencing fewer cravings and less discomfort caused by withdrawal symptoms–they can better focus on subsequent therapy, therapy that is essential for long-term recovery.  

DayBreak features a wide range of treatments and therapies designed to help people manage their addiction to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol. MAT is just one of the treatments we’re able to offer for treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders at our Philadelphia rehab. MAT may not be the ideal treatment course for all people, but may respond favorably to the medications designed to help them manage their addiction symptoms. Some people find MAT helpful for a short duration while others may need to rely on it for a longer period of time. 

If you are suffering from an addiction to drugs, you can enroll in a treatment program at DayBreak. We are located in the city of Philadelphia. Our addiction specialists can help you determine if MAT along with other treatments are ideal for your needs. With treatment, you can effectively manage your addiction to achieve lasting recovery, protecting both your mental and physical health. To learn more about our medication assisted treatments, read on. The following information provides an overview of MAT and how it, along with other forms of addiction therapy, can help you recover from substance addiction.

What to Expect During MAT?

Often, clinicians will begin MAT during the detox phase of treatment. Withdrawal symptoms are most intense during this stage. Generally, withdrawal symptoms will peak between 24 and 72 hours after the last use of the drug the individual is addicted to. Clinicians can prescribe medications that treat the intense side effects associated with opioid dependency or alcohol withdrawal. These symptoms can be quite debilitating without medications to treat them. 

Some of the most commonly treated withdrawal symptoms in rehab include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Cramps / muscle aches
  • Shaking / tremors
  • Delirium tremens

Some symptoms can progress in severity so that they trigger medical emergencies like heart irregularities, suicidal thoughts, or seizures. Medications are crucial for alleviating these serious symptoms. 

By the end of the detox phase, many clients will be able to progress to the next phase of their treatment programs without medication. However, many other clients continue to need these medications to treat longer-lasting symptoms at different levels of care. For instance, it’s not uncommon for people to experience cravings to use opioids or alcohol long after detox. Medications can alleviate these cravings by targeting opioid receptors in the brain. With medication, these receptors become ‘satisfied,’ and the individual can better focus on their counseling sessions or other therapies designed to manage their condition. 

Opioids are highly addictive and people addicted to them may require treatments such as Suboxone for a period of several months or longer in order to maintain their recovery. The Suboxone satisfies the craving for opioids without delivering a high. It also prevents withdrawal symptoms, making it an important medication in the treatment of heroin addiction. MAT has helped thousands of people manage their substance addiction. It may be the key to your opioid or alcohol use disorder recovery success too. 

Why Choose DayBreak for Medically Assisted Treatment for Addiction?

DayBreak offers many different therapies to treat powerful addictions like opioid addiction and alcohol addiction. Medication assisted treatment is just one solution we offer. At our Philadelphia rehab, clients can expect to receive individualized treatment that targets their specific needs and circumstances. By enrolling in an addiction treatment in Philadelphia today, your recovery will have begun by tomorrow. 

At DayBreak, you’ll find that you have treatment options with our various levels of care and support programs. In addition to MAT, we offer inpatient treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient treatment. MAT may accompany each of these treatment plans. A behavioral health assessment helps us determine what treatments are ideal for you. During your treatment, you can expect to take part in one-on-one counseling, group therapy sessions, and 12-step programming. DayBreak also provides recreational activities designed to alleviate stress. 

Our addiction specialists treat the whole person–not just their addiction. With high-quality treatment at our Philadelphia rehab and medication assisted treatment program, you can take control of your life and put addiction to drugs or alcohol behind you. Contact us to learn more about our MAT offerings and other treatment options here in the city of Philadelphia.