Woman and Doctor Discussing Medication-Assisted TreatmentAt Baltimore Detox Center, we have a wide range of substance abuse treatment programs, depending on your needs and recovery goals. One of the first steps in the recovery process is completely ridding your body of drugs and alcohol. We want to help with this process, so our team is proud to offer medication-assisted treatment.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, reach out to our Baltimore Detox Center team today to find out about medication-assisted treatment or any of our other substance abuse treatment programs.

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT, uses medications and behavioral therapy to treat addiction to drugs or alcohol. This method is known to provide a holistic approach to a substance abuse treatment program. 

Upon entering treatment at Baltimore Detox Center, you’ll be medically assessed by our doctors to establish a medical history and background. From there, our psychologist will prescribe medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and, at times, additional medications to help mitigate cravings. Of course, these medications, such as Vivitrol and Suboxone, are non-addictive and are extremely difficult to abuse. We understand MAT may not be for everyone, but we offer the service to anyone who believes it may better their treatment experience. Also, MAT is administered in combination with our residential treatment program so that you are able to have the highest level of care for your addiction recovery.

How Does MAT Work?

By helping to reduce cravings and withdrawal, MAT can help the brain heal. This allows you to focus on your recovery without drugs or alcohol getting in the way. In addition to tailoring medications to address cravings and withdrawal, our Baltimore Detox Center team’s treatment approach will also include therapy or counseling to address behavioral issues, support recovery and prevent relapse. 

What Are Some Myths About Medication-Assisted Treatment?

For whatever reason, there are many misconceptions about MAT in an addiction treatment program. Some of the more common myths are:

  • Medication–assisted treatment substitutes one addiction for another. – When properly prescribed, addiction medications reduce drug cravings and prevent relapse without causing a “high.”
  • Addiction medications are a crutch that prevents true recovery. – Individuals stabilized on MAT can achieve long-lasting recovery, according to leading addiction professionals and researchers.
  • Requiring people to taper off MAT helps them get healthy faster. – Requiring people to stop taking their addiction medications is counter-productive and increases the risk of relapse.
  • People can stop using drugs or alcohol without help from any kind of medication. MAT is only for the weak. – While some people are eventually able to quit using drugs or alcohol on their own, the majority of people go through many dangerous cycles of relapse and recovery. MAT can make the recovery process much safer. 

What Are Some Benefits of MAT?

Medication-assisted treatment can be the key to your recovery. Some of the many benefits of MAT include:

  • Reduced rates of opioid use
  • Fewer overdose deaths related to opioids
  • Immense relief for difficult withdrawal symptoms
  • Relief for people struggling with chronic opioid relapse
  • Decreased rates of infectious disease transmission
  • Increased compliance in treatment programs
  • Support for pregnant mothers struggling with opioid addiction

Discover if MAT Is Right for You

The Baltimore Detox Center team wants your transition away from drug or alcohol addiction to go as smoothly as possible. Your comfort is our top priority. Medication-assisted treatment is an excellent option to begin your addiction treatment program. Contact our team today for more information about our medication-assisted treatment by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our secure online form. Don’t wait another day to end your dependence on drugs or alcohol.