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 so intense, however, that many individuals who attempt to detox on their own will fail because, to alleviate their symptoms, they quickly return to their drug of choice. Medication-assisted treatment gives individuals who want to recover a way to minimize the risk of relapse, 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, and 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, and 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, medication-assisted treatment 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 medication-assisted treatment 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 which almost inevitably lead them back to their drug of choice for relief. Medication-assisted treatment helps clients manage this primary threat to their recovery so they can 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, this form of treatment can be highly effective and significantly enhance the benefits of all treatments included in the client’s recovery plan. Further, medication-assisted treatment 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 Medication-assisted Recovery

Medication-assisted treatment allows clients to get the most out of the following stages of treatment that are offered by Bayview Recovery, which include:

  • Partial hospitalization programs
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Rehab aftercare

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 at Bayview Recovery Can Extend Your Sobriety

Recovery from addiction is difficult, especially during the early stages. Medication-assisted treatment makes this phase and all of your recovery more comfortable, 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 include this type of treatment in the recovery program of all qualifying patients. Patients who complete rehab can then return to their normal lives healthier and continue their recovery with the help of out-patient or aftercare programs designed for their needs.

Bayview Recovery has treated countless individuals using medication assistance as part of a broader course of treatment including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Mindfulness, meditation & yoga

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. Call 888.570.7154 today to get started. Tomorrow you could be one day closer to recovery.