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.