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The Truth About Medication for Addiction Treatment

The Truth About Medication for Addiction Treatment
 

Addiction is rooted deep in the brain, where certain chemical changes occur leading to the behaviors of addiction or alcoholism.

When undergoing medical detox, patients often fight withdrawals and cravings can last long into recovery. More people are exploring medication-assisted treatment, aka MAT, for addiction treatment. With MAT, FDA-approved drugs are administered to patients in hopes of mitigating withdrawals, cravings, and any pleasurable effects of the drugs being abused.

Studies show that MAT increases a patient’s adherence to the treatment protocol while reducing opioid use.1 Using medication to treat addiction may benefit certain patients undergoing heroin addiction treatment in Massachusetts or treatment for addiction to other opioids. But medical detox and medical addiction treatment cannot treat addiction alone, effective therapies and counseling are also necessary to help patients address the behavioral and thought patterns that contributed to their active addiction.

Contact our team at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts to discover the treatment path that’s best for you or a loved one. We customize our treatment programs to the needs of each patient, ensuring lasting sobriety.

Why Medical Addiction Treatment Doesn’t Work on its Own

While medications like Vivitrol have been shown to help with medical addiction treatment, this approach is not without its dangers. People with a propensity towards addiction may become addicted to other chemicals, and methadone addiction can happen. This is why MAT should only be administered in specific circumstances.

Medication alone cannot help someone lay the groundwork of lasting sobriety. At our drug and alcohol rehab in Boston, we know that additional therapies are necessary for addressing the underlying factors of addiction. This includes group and individual therapies aimed at helping patients relearn sober habits.

At our drug treatment center in Massachusetts, we understand how to help patients build long-lasting sobriety. Our personalized addiction treatment programs include therapies and medical support to give patients the tools they need to get and stay sober. MAT alone cannot help a person get and stay sober, therapy is needed to address all factors of addiction or alcoholism. Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about our treatment programs at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts.

MAT alone cannot help a person get and stay sober, therapy is needed to address all factors of addiction or alcoholism. Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about our treatment programs at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts.


Sources:

  1. PEW - Medication-Assisted Treatment Improves Outcomes for Patients With Opioid Use Disorder
 
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.