Roots Through Recovery provides Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for some of the most prevalent substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder and addiction to benzodiazepines. We believe there is no single path to recovery and we embrace the advances in medical research that have developed MAT as an alternative to abstinence for those needing additional support.
USE OF MAT
While abstinence is the ultimate goal for all of our clients, for some with a history of severe opioid or alcohol use disorder, chronic relapse or overdose, the responsible combination of medication with group and individual therapy can mean the difference between relapsing and succumbing to overdose, and a life in recovery. Medication-Assisted Treatment is not for everyone, and Roots Through Recovery takes the misuse of medications very seriously, which is why all medications are prescribed under the oversight of our physician, and we follow strict MAT protocols.
Our team of addiction specialists conducts a comprehensive medical and psychosocial assessment within 24 hours of intake. Once a determination of need for medications is made, our medical director prescribes and manages their medications, closely overseeing their case to ensure the dosage is correct and not hindering their treatment.
Some of the medications that are commonly used are:
Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that binds with opioid receptors in the brain, used primarily to treat severe opioid use disorder.
Buprenorphine/Naloxone – Bup/Naloxone is also used to treat opioid use disorder, much like Buprenorphine, but with the ingredient Naloxone added to prevent abuse.
Naltrexone – Taken orally or by injection, Naltrexone prevents relapse of alcohol or opioids after detox from either substance by attaching to opioid receptors, but do not cause the release of dopamine.
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