Detox is a critical and necessary part of recovery from an addiction to drugs and alcohol, but it can be one of the most challenging parts, and without a full, complete and successful detox, subsequent treatment may have little or no effect. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly strong. Many individuals who attempt to detox on their own will fail. This is because, to alleviate their symptoms, they quickly return to their drug of choice. A medication assisted treatment program (MAT) gives individuals who want to recover a way to minimize the risk of relapse. It can also end their dependency and recover with long-term success.
The Challenges of Detox and Withdrawal
Among the most difficult challenges of recovering from drugs or alcohol are the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox. Withdrawal symptoms can be a painful part of the recovery process which all clients will want to avoid. These symptoms can be especially intense for alcohol and opioid users. At this stage in recovery, an individual’s body will require the abused substances to function normally. Without them, serious health consequences are possible.
Medication-assisted treatment works by satisfying the body’s chemical needs without the use of the abused substances which allows the client to begin chemically separating from their drugs of choice safely, without developing an addiction to the medication used for treatment. With reduced withdrawal symptoms, clients now have a much higher chance of successfully completing detox and recovery and avoiding a relapse for the long-term.
Common withdrawal symptoms which can be avoided through the use of medication-assisted treatment during recovery include:
- Elevated body temperature and heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleeping issues
In addition to reducing withdrawal symptoms, a medication assisted treatment program reduces the cravings for the abused drugs. This aspect of treatment alone makes it a critical component of a comprehensive detox and recovery plan for individuals who qualify, and individuals in the process of selecting a treatment facility should strongly consider those which offer MAT as an option.
How Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Facilitate Your Recovery
The number one reason individuals fail when they attempt to detox on their own is the severity of their withdrawal symptoms. These almost inevitably leads them back to their drug of choice for relief. Medication-assisted treatment helps clients manage this primary threat to their recovery. They can then complete their rehab program, heal and enjoy long-term health and well-being.
Since medications are explicitly selected to alleviate the symptoms of the client’s drugs of choice and are doctor administered, MAT can be highly effective and significantly enhance the benefits of all treatments included in the client’s recovery plan. Further, a professionally run medication assisted treatment program does not pose any risks of extending the client’s current addiction or creating a new one, giving individuals the hope of living a truly drug-free life post-treatment.
What Happens After a Medication Assisted Treatment Program
A medication assisted treatment program allows clients to get the most out of the following stages of treatment that are offered by Bayview Recovery, which include:
Bayview Recovery’s programs accommodate individuals from all walks of life and personal circumstances. Among the most powerful benefits of having treatment at Bayview Recovery is a well-defined intake process which ensures you get the right combination of treatments as soon as you check in, so you can get the most from your recovery stay and return to a healthier life faster and with greater long-term success.
How Medication-Assisted Treatment with Bayview Recovery Can Extend Your Sobriety
Recovery from addiction is difficult, especially during the early stages. Of course, medication-assisted treatment makes this phase and all of your recovery more comfortable. It decreases the amount of time you will need to spend in in-patient care and increases your chances of completing your rehab and the effectiveness of therapy. This is why Bayview Recovery will facilitate this type of treatment in the recovery program of all qualifying patients. Patients who complete rehab can then return to their normal lives healthier. They can then continue their recovery with the help of out-patient or aftercare programs designed for their needs.
Bayview Recovery has worked with countless individuals to help them find MAT in our community as part of their broader course of treatment with us, including:
The addiction recovery specialists at Bayview Recovery will also make your first steps towards recovery as easy as possible by thoroughly explaining the intake process and verifying your insurance so that you can focus on your recovery needs instead of the costs. Contact us at 855.478.3650 today to get started. Tomorrow you could be one day closer to recovery.