Medication Assisted Treatment is the use of pharmacological medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Services Provided by our MAT Program:
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
- Vivitrol/Once a Month Injectable Naltrexone
- Mental Health Services are available weekly for active CAReS clientele
Vivitrol: This medication is a once a month injection that aids in the reduction of cravings from alcohol and opiates. The process of prescribing this medication includes assessing the needs of the patient, a physical examination , and lab work to ensure that the client is healthy. The patient will continue to receive counseling services and will receive education on the reactions, effects and the process of the way this medication works to aid in the reduction of cravings
Revia/Naltrexone: An oral medication used to reduce the cravings of alcohol and opiates. Using a “whole patient” approach, the client would be assessed for the need of this medication, counseled by his/her primary counselor, and would receive a physical examination from the doctor. Lab work would be performed and the client would be fully educated on this medication and how it adheres to the receptors in the brain to reduce cravings. If it is decided that this medication is in the best interest of the client ’s recovery, by all parties, the client will receive a prescription for the medication and will be monitored.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy: NRT includes assessing the needs of the patient and if necessary prescribing certain medications that may aid in abstinence from nicotine such as: nicotine patches, lozenges, gum, and or other forms of medication that may reduce the desire for nicotine.
Suboxone: The process of prescribing this medication includes assessing the needs of the patient, a physical examination, and lab work to ensure that the client is healthy. The patient will continue to receive counseling services and will receive education on the effects of Suboxone. This is a medication indicated for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. This oral medication is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naltrexone. Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist that blocks other opioids from attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse an overdose from opioids. It does this by knocking other opiates off of the receptors in the brain, preventing the negative effects of the misused drug.