Medication-Assisted Treatment

Opioids are substances that include heroin, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, and fentanyl. This class of drugs is extremely habit-forming and can lead to death if abused. In the United States of America, hundreds of thousands of people have died from opioid overdoses. In fact, opioid overdoses are becoming more common. In 2007, approximately 18,000 people overdosed on opioids. Ten years later in 2017, 47,600 people overdosed on opioids. That is almost a triple increase in overdoses in a 10-year span.

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Abusing opioids of any kind can lead to death, and despite common misconception, people can die from opioid abuse at any point in their use. This means that someone who abuses opioids just once can die from it just as easily as someone who has been abusing opioids for decades. The only way to help those who are addicted to opioids is through professional addiction treatment, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Known as the gold standard of opioid addiction treatment, medication-assisted treatment has not only proven to be highly effective in getting previously addicted opioid users sober, but it has also proven to save lives.

There are countless obstacles that make it difficult for those addicted to opioids to get the help they need. For example, the very idea of detoxing from opioids can be frightening enough to keep individuals using.

This is because opioid detox is known to produce withdrawal symptoms that are similar to having an extremely bad case of the flu – muscle cramping and spasms, chills and sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches.

Also, opioid users often feel as though they will not be able to maintain their sobriety, so they may either avoid getting treatment or leave treatment early on in their recovery. However, knowing how beneficial medication-assisted treatment is can help to shrink these concerns enough for an individual to feel comfortable giving recovery a chance

Medication-assisted treatment is a treatment approach that combines the use of FDA-approved opioid-based medications and the implementation of therapeutic services at the same time. Studies have shown that when clients are consuming a medication like Suboxone or naltrexone, they are more likely to achieve success in their recovery.

Suboxone interacts with opioid receptors in the brain when they are taken. They bind to these receptors, signaling the body that opioids are present. However, they do not cause the client to get high. This process helps to reduce the amount and the severity of withdrawal symptoms when the client is participating in detox, as well as help to curb cravings, which helps to eliminate the temptation to leave treatment to use.

In conjunction with one of these medications, clients will also be participating in therapies like individual therapy, behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior therapy, group counseling, and even family therapy. Because the symptoms most commonly associated with opioid detox will be better controlled, clients can get moving on participating in these therapies, which work to address the underlying issues surrounding the opioid addiction.

Medication-assisted treatment is designed to treat the “whole patient” meaning that he or she will receive physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual treatment and guidance during their recovery process. Today, some of the best in the business of treating opioid addiction can be found at our medication-assisted treatment in Clarksville.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment in Clarksville

Partly due to how many people are in need of opioid addiction treatment at this moment in time, medications like Suboxone and naltrexone are readily available at most facilities throughout the country. At JourneyPure, we lead the pack with our medication-assisted treatment in Clarksville.

Our team is comprised of psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other mental and medical professionals that work cohesively to help each and every client stop their abuse of opioids and get into recovery.

With our dedicated approach to ensuring that all clients get sober and develop the tools to maintain their recovery, medication-assisted treatment remains a top resource in the area for those wanting to stop their opioid addiction.

MAT can be the answer that you have been looking for. We understand how deeply painful and destructive opioid addiction can be, and we know that it has likely taken you a great deal of courage to reach out and ask for help. By participating in our program, you can address the physical and psychological aspects of your wellbeing, all while restoring your emotional and spiritual health.

When you begin medication-assisted treatment in Clarksville, you will immediately benefit from the support of the staff and the medication that you have been prescribed, as you will likely begin your treatment through detox.

Medications like Suboxone and naltrexone are able to help minimize the pain associated with withdrawal symptoms, decrease the amount of withdrawal symptoms that develop, and help prevent overwhelming cravings for more opioid abuse. As a result, the process of detox is much less distressing and usually does not last as long.

Because of this, clients tend to continue on with treatment rather than leave the facility after detox to use again because the withdrawal process has been so uncomfortable. Studies show that the longer that a person stays in treatment, the higher his or her chances are of staying sober, which is the ultimate benefit of medication-assisted treatment.

After detox has been completed, you will continue to take your medication while you participate in therapies to help address the underlying causes of your opioid addiction and other issues related to it. The continued use of the medication in therapy allows for a better ability to communicate, express oneself, and work better in social situations.

Other benefits of medication-assisted treatment include decreased criminal activity, reduced risk for overdose, and a lessened likelihood of contracting bloodborne diseases through intravenous drug use.

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Medication-assisted treatment in Clarksville can provide you with countless opportunities to turn your life around for the better. If you are ready to get the treatment that you deserve, do not wait. Call JourneyPure right now to find out how we can help you.