Medically Assisted Treatment: Going to the MAT to Fight the Addiction Crisis 

At Edge Recovery we work with Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and detox for addictions. At Edge Recovery we strive to be unique in the personal guidance for every individual and their family and they go through the recovery process. Our goal at Edge Recovery is to provide effective healing for the spiritual, physical and emotional health of a person suffering with chemical dependency, which is why we are willing to go to the mat to fight the addiction crisis here in the United States.

You’re probably already aware of the he dramatic spike in drug abuse of epidemic proportions throughout the United States. In August 2018, the American Medical Association (AMA) put out a statement that called on policymakers to help those with opioid addictions in a way some said is unconventional. They recommended an approach that is called medication assisted treatment or “MAT” and within a year almost 15,000 physicians became certified to treat patients with opioid addiction in this manner. The sad reality is that MAT remains inaccessible to many of the people it could help; even though MAT has been proven to save lives, improve their quality of life, and lower medical costs. It’s all about awareness and availability.

According to SAMHSA the MAT approach to addiction treatment has been shown to:

  • Improve survival rates of patients
  • Increase treatment retention numbers
  • Decrease illicit drug use and other criminal activity
  • Increase the ability to gain and maintain employment for patients
  • Improve pregnancy birth outcomes among substance use disorder patients

Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) has become the most innovative and effectual approach that has been increasing in popularity as rehabs and drug treatment centers are forced to think of new approaches in treating addiction. MAT programs help clients detox from drugs and alcohol in a more comfortable and effective manner. In fact MAT programs like the one offered at Edge Recovery can help maximize chances of long-term sobriety as part of an intensive drug treatment program.

MAT Treatment At Edge Recovery

The means of treatment at Edge Recovery is in aligned with the recommended treatment from the AMA, which is that

Medication Assisted Treatment combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use addiction. At The Edge Recovery treatment for individuals with substance abuse addictions utilizes a combination of FDA-approved medications, with counseling and behavioral therapies, creating a holistic or “whole person” approach to the treatment of substance use addiction.

The goal of Edge Recovery’s MAT program is to help addicts safely recover from the ravaging effects of substance abuse without delay. Medically Assisted Treatment and detox have been proven to be the most effective in alleviating the physical and psychological symptoms associated with addiction withdrawal. Under the supervision of our experienced staff, The edge recovery can create an individualized MAT plan for you or your loved one, that provides the following medications that had a track record for being helpful in jumpstarting detox and recovery:

  • Naltrexone: This is a medication that has been gaining nationwide popularity in drug treatment centers. It as an opiate blocker that attaches to opioid receptors in a persons brain but does not activate these receptors, resulting in patients not feel the euphoric or sedative effects that are found in heroin and other narcotic drugs. Naltrexone treatment is an attractive option because the chances of developing an addiction to it are non-existent.

Ø Suboxone: This is another popular medication utilized under strict and careful supervision at MAT programs because Suboxone contains the opiate blocker naloxone as well as the opiate buprenorphine. This MAT medication also blocks the ability for opioid drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers to attach to those opioid receptors in the brain. The possibility of becoming addicted is greater and when patients stop using Suboxone, they can experience withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to severe.  

Ø Benzodiazepines: These are especially helpful for patients who are addicts to alcohol and can greatly help the detox process. Under careful medical supervision, this group of medications can also greatly reduce the cravings and often-severe complications that are associated with alcohol withdrawal. It’s important to note that without these medications, alcohol withdrawal can lead to severe complications like seizures, coma and even death. 

With all of the addiction treatment options you and your loved one have to choose from when it comes to MAT in South Florida, it is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed. Edge Recovery is widely recognized for providing a strong 12-step driven, clinically sound MAT treatment option for you and your family. The clinical program consists of evidenced based treatment approaches provided by Certified Addiction professionals as well as Master’s Level clinicians that have an extensive amount of addiction/recovery knowledge, training and experience. The clinical team is able to meet the individualized needs of each particular client by consisting of a multidisciplinary trained staff that have a variety of specializations. Edge Recovery provides the continuum of care and support you or your loved need in finding their way back from edge of addiction.  

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