What is medication-assisted treatment, or MAT? A medication-assisted treatment program is an addiction treatment program that uses medicine, along with behavioral therapy, to treat addiction. The combination of medication and behavioral therapy is an effective model for overcoming addiction and helps with managing cravings. An MAT program reduces the impacts of withdrawal symptoms, thereby minimizing the effects of opioid withdrawal. Some of these medicines can also counteract overdoses, which has saved many lives. At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we are committed to long-term sobriety. To learn more about medication-assisted treatment and our opioid addiction treatment program in Thornton, CO, contact Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery today.

Buprenorphine Medication-Assisted Treatment 

One medication used at CMAR to treat opioid addiction is buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an opioid with agonist and antagonist properties. Buprenorphine is an FDA approved medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Unlike other opioids, buprenorphine is safe to take for extended periods of time. Research has proven that buprenorphine is an effective medication in the treatment of opioid dependency. It has shown to improve recovery rates, treatment outcomes, treatment retention, as well as reduce the chances an individual experiences an overdose or infectious disease related to substance use.

Your addiction treatment specialist may recommend that you take this medicine alone or in combination with naloxone. In either case, buprenorphine can relieve the opioid withdrawal symptoms that appear when someone stops using opioids.

Suboxone Medication-Assisted Treatment 

Suboxone is another medicine used at CMAR’s medication-assisted treatment program in Colorado. Suboxone is a brand name drug that is mostly compounded of buprenorphine. The naloxone in Suboxone is inactive when taken orally. It is active when snorted or injected, and then cancels the effects of the buprenorphine. Naloxone is in Suboxone to prevent the medication from being abused. Therefore, Suboxone is an effective medication in treating opioid addiction at our addiction treatment center

Lucemyra Medication-Assisted Treatment

Lucemyra is a relatively new medication being used as an “assistive” medication in care that involves medication-assisted treatment. It is a non-opioid medication that a doctor or other medical professional prescribes to help patients through their initial days in recovery. Lucemyra lessens a patient’s symptoms of opioid withdrawal but does not prevent them completely. Lucyemyra is particularly helpful during induction, in that it often enables a patient to achieve maximum comfort and avoid the triggers inherent to the feelings patients sometimes have during induction.

Even though Lucemyra doesn’t prevent all of the effects of opioid withdrawal, there are significant advantages. For instance, because this medication is a non-opioid, there is no chance of becoming dependent on the medication. Furthermore, Lucemyra can help you feel comfortable when transitioning onto Suboxone.

Why Choose CMAR for Medication-Assisted Treatment? 

At CMAR, we believe that recovery is more than just medication, it’s a personal process of incremental change.. That’s why we’re called Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, and not treatment. One of the most valuable parts of our opioid addiction treatment program is the behavioral therapy programs we offer. At our treatment program, patients are educated on the tools that can be used both in treatment and at home. Some the addiction treatment therapy programs we provide include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: CBT is one of the most common forms of behavioral therapy. During this treatment session, patients work with a counselor to evaluate behaviors and identify negative thought patterns. With this, they can begin creating healthy coping mechanisms and thought patterns.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy: DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. During DBT, patients work on methods of distress tolerance. They also work on how to create healthy relationships and mend current relationships.
  • Family Systems Therapy: Family systems therapy is a type of psychotherapy, which supports the resolution of conflicts and other problems within a family or “family system”. Since each member of a family contributes in some way to the dynamics within the family, resolution of a dysfunctional family system enables the family to function in healthy or more healthy manner.
  • Person-Centered Therapy: Person-centered therapy is very much what it sounds like: It’s a form of talk therapy where the patient does most of the talking. The setting is completely judgment free, and generally does not even include an interpretation or analysis on the part of the therapist. That said, a therapist may restate the wording to better understand the meaning or feelings the patient is communicating.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy: Psychodynamic Therapy or “insight-oriented therapy”, centers on subconscious or unconscious thoughts, manifested within an individuals current actions and behaviors. The intention in psychodynamic therapy is to help the patient improve their self-awareness, and their knowledge of the impact that past and present behavior has.
  • EMDR Therapy: EMDR therapy, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is an innovative behavioral therapy. During EMDR, a therapist helps that patient to replace negative reactions to painful memories with healthier and more positive responses.

Contact Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery Today

At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we use science to treat opioid addiction. We are dedicated to our patient’s recovery and focused on long-term sobriety. To learn more about CMAR’s medication-assisted outpatient treatment program in Thorton, CO, contact us today at 833.448.0127.