SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRWEB) February 15, 2018
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for prescription opioid, heroin and alcohol addiction has helped countless people in their battle to overcome the disease of substance abuse. While there remains some controversy over these types of programs, for an addict, it is the most viable choice compared to the alternative: further decay and fatality. While many people still need help with their addiction, few find their way into treatment due to insurance, access issues or cost restraints. To effectively get through the initial detox process, an inpatient residential stay is recommended but with it can come a higher price tag for the care.
For opioid and alcohol treatments, the hardship on the body and the mind can be brutal. Without MAT as part of the process, the rate of relapse is disparaging. To provide an easier detox and recovery experience and enhance the success rate of recovery, the option of long-term MAT is vital.
Chris Cohn, founder and president of Scottsdale Recovery Center (SRC) knows this well, which is why he made it a mission to integrate within his longstanding intensive outpatient (IOP) facility the ability to provide MAT as a preferred option for care.
“I’ve seen it happen over and over again,” Cohn said. “People either can’t afford a higher level of care or they don’t have the proper insurance policy. A 30-day program usually doesn’t cut it, for opioids there’s an 80 percent rate of relapse. Many insurance companies won’t help, limiting people to outpatient programs only. By adding MAT to our outpatient program, it’s a winning solution,” he stated with confidence.
With the addition of MAT, patients in SRC’s outpatient program receive the same exemplary level of care as patients in the residential inpatient facility but in a platform allowing a more
seamless integration into their day-to-day lives while recovering from addiction. People can undergo 90 days or more of addiction recovery and maintain a work-life balance in the process.
MAT is considered an evidence-based practice published as a treatment improvement protocol (TIP No. 43) by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. MAT is geared to patients with long-term drug abuse or alcoholism who need to be tapered off those substances by introducing another substance, referred to as a harm reduction model. However, the ultimate goal is for each patient to live drug-free. For some people, the recovery process requires a buffer that lessens the intensity of the withdrawal process. MAT is just that.
The types of MAT that will be available at SRC IOP are:
- Naltrexone – pill form, for opioid or alcohol addiction
- Naltrexone Implant – lasts for many months, opioid addiction
- Vivitrol – injection or implant, for opioid addiction
- Suboxone /Buprenorphine - for heroin addiction
The painful withdrawal process can last for weeks, months or years, known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). When an unforeseen incidence of PAWS occurs, it can drive some patients into relapse. MAT helps reduce the impact of PAWS keeping patients on a steady road to recovery.
To provide MAT outpatient treatment, SRC employs trusted, accredited, licensed and compassionate practitioners. These include a medical director, psychiatric nurse, registered nurse and practical nurse available to monitor each patient as they receive the medication on site, how they respond and careful management of their overall health.
Program Director for SRC, David Larimer, M.Ed, CADC is passionate about the IOP MAT program and wants patients and their families to understand the big picture on what it takes to make it work.
“MAT can improve recovery in conjunction with dramatic lifestyle changes, not just through the use of MAT alone. It is critical for family members to understand how to help the treatment process,” Larimer said. “Family members must educate and involve themselves in the treatment process by understanding the triggers and warning signs for addiction relapse. Without it, the potential for enabling a recurrence of addiction is magnified. The patient needs time to heal but the family needs to heal as well.”
Scottsdale Recovery Center, through its IOP MAT Program, can provide a more sustainable and flexible approach to drug and alcohol treatment and recovery by offering Level 2-WM ambulatory withdrawal management with extended on-site monitoring, the highest outpatient level of care available determined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
About Scottsdale Recovery Center:
Since 2008, Scottsdale Recovery Center has served the needs of people nationwide searching for a successful solution to remove active alcohol, opioid, cocaine and other addictions in order to enjoy the benefits of living drug-free. With three facilities in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona SRC continues to reset the standard of Inpatient Residential, Detox Services, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Sober Living practices. Scottsdale Recovery Center is a trusted resource, locally and nationally, to the public, health care providers, and media outlets seeking knowledge to support their investigations and bring addiction industry awareness needed to save lives. Visit Scottsdale Recovery Center or call 1-888-NODRUGS for more information.
Note: Information herein is NOT intended to be taken as medical advice. No therapeutic or medical claims are either implied or made. Before starting any addiction detox, treatment or recovery program please consult with a health care professional. DO NOT ALTER ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT, OR THE USE OF MEDICATIONS, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF A LICENSED, MEDICAL CARE PROVIDER. The information herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.