Medication AssistedTreatment for Addiction
There are a lot of common misconceptions around medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction. Many still believe MAT simply substitutes one drug for another.
Harmony Place is licensed to offer medication-assisted treatment during the detox stage of treatment. Continue reading to learn all about what to expect in MAT here.
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What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?
Harmony Place doesn’t function as a stereotypical methadone or Suboxone clinic. In cases like those, the drug itself is the main, or only, form of treatment, and clients are often required to return to the clinic every day to get their next dose. This is not a sound long-term strategy.
If a client must be prescribed a certain medication, our clinicians only do so thoughtfully and as needed. If we get a client in detox started on a medication regimen, it’s our goal to slowly taper them off the drug when it’s safe to do so.
Prescribing medication during detox is only done to specifically treat the harsher symptoms of withdrawal – not to simply replace the client’s original addiction with a slightly less risky drug. After all, people rely on medication to manage other chronic conditions, and since addiction is a disease, it makes sense to retain the option to use medication when necessary.