A Look at Medical Detox and Medicated Assisted Treatment with The Edge Recovery

Medical detox and medically assisted treatment (MAT) at Edge Recovery in South Florida is one of the most effective ways to successfully get clean from drugs and alcohol.  One of the reasons for this is because withdrawing from substances can be very difficult for those who are working to overcome drug or alcohol abuse. When people stop using and abusing substances on which they’ve become dependent, their bodies go into a sort of shock, which is called withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal are usually very intense and extremely uncomfortable. As a result, people may struggle to get even get through detox and into recovery.

Edge Recovery outpatient treatment helps our South Florida patients to feel more comfortable and safely withdraw. We offer medical detox and a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program. Medical professionals can administer medication in addition to therapeutic sessions to ease the withdrawal symptoms and help those who are in treatment at Edge Recovery.

MAT and Medical Detox at Edge Recovery

Medicated assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to assist in providing a “whole-patient” approach to treat substance use disorders. The medications treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence by relieving the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that result from chemical imbalances. The goal of MAT is keeping the body and brain chemistry balanced, so the person can successfully accomplish recovery work. Medical detox is a treatment approach wherein patients are given a substance that is chemically and physiologically similar to the drug that they are addicted to. Since this medication is functionally similar, they can expect to achieve the same effects as what we would obtain from the addicting substance. The good news is that these replacement substances have fewer if not milder side effects compared to the primary addicting substance.

In opiate treatment programs (OTP), like the one at Edge Recovery, for example, MAT provides a safe, controlled level of medication to help our patients overcome the use opioids. Research shows that when patients are provided the proper dose, MAT medications do not produce adverse effects on the person’s intellectual, mental and physical capabilities. Likewise for the alcohol dependence treatment programs, MAT medications are used to treat a condition that is called “alcohol use disorder (AUD)” or alcoholism. These medications are not a cure for AUD, but they can be part of an effective treatment program.

Being realistically prepared for anything in life makes it easier to handle. Inpatient medically assisted detoxification involves a healthcare professional monitoring the detox phase to ensure your safety throughout the risky alcohol/drug withdrawal effects. What are withdrawal symptoms during detox? Everyone experiences detox differently. However, most people will experience at least some of the following:

  • A racing heart beat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Fevers
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Seizures

Medical detox is undoubtedly a better option than doing the detox without help, because going “cold turkey” can have very serious complications. With medical detox at Edge Recovery, you will be under the direct supervision of a medical doctor. Whatever withdrawal symptom might occur, it will be managed promptly and definitively.

Edge Recovery Center of South Florida is here to help you rebuild your life after drug and alcohol use. You will learn to develop behaviors and habits that are positive and enhancing to your life. You’ll be amazed to discover that you have the strength to have a life that is permanently free from drug and alcohol use – and medical detox just might be the first step.

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