It’s no secret that the withdrawal symptoms associated with drug abuse and addiction can be uncomfortable and, in some situations, downright dangerous. The severity of these symptoms can vary based on the substance or substances being abused and the severity of the addiction. Certain medications have been FDA-approved in order to alleviate some of the symptoms and address any potential medical issues that could occur.
Addressing withdrawal symptoms early on is just one of the many benefits of medication-assisted treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the other benefits.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a term used to describe the use of medication as part of the overall addiction treatment process. These FDA-approved medications are often used during the detox process but can also be used during the treatment process to accompany therapy and counseling.
These medications not only can address some addiction issues such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings, but they can also be effective in treating any accompanying mental health conditions and physical ailments.
While MAT is traditionally used to help treat opioid and alcohol addiction, it has also proven to be effective in treating other types of addictions as well as mental health disorders.
How Effective Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment, in conjunction with therapy and counseling, has been proven to not only be effective but also been shown to increase the chances of recovery in many who are suffering from addiction.
Some of the biggest ways that MAT has proven to be effective are:
- Improving survival rate
- Improving birth outcomes in pregnant women who suffer from addiction
- Reducing the chances of a relapse
- Increasing the likelihood of someone suffering from addiction completing treatment
The success rate amongst those who participate in medication-assisted treatment is also incredibly high. In fact, close to 90% of all people who participate in MAT are still sober at the 2-year mark.
What Medications Are Approved for MAT?
As we touched on above, the two most common types of addiction that medication-assisted treatment is used for are opioid addiction and alcohol addiction. Let’s take a look at some of the medications that have been FDA-approved to treat both of these disorders.
What Are the Benefits of MAT?
While helping someone with their sobriety is the biggest benefit of medication-assisted treatment, it is hardly the only one. Let’s take a look at some of the others.
Who Is Medication-Assisted Treatment Designed For?
Medication-assisted treatment is ideal for anyone seeking treatment for an opioid or alcohol addiction. Depending on the severity of the addiction though, and any underlying mental or physical conditions that accompany it, MAT can be used to treat other types of addictions and mental health disorders.
Medication-assisted treatment is typically only provided to those who are in an inpatient treatment program since they need to be constantly monitored and have access to medical professionals during treatment.
Does Insurance Cover Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Depending on your insurance provider and the plan that you have, MAT might be covered either partially or in full. Some plans might cover everything while others might only cover the use of certain medications.
If you are unsure about what your insurance plan does and doesn’t cover, you can reach out to your insurance company or you can contact us at Casco Bay Recovery via our insurance verification page. We will look over your policy and let you know what is and isn’t covered and then go over any out-of-pocket expenses you might be responsible for before treatment begins.
Want To Know More About the Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment?
While therapy and counseling have proven effective in treating substance abuse and addiction issues, only focusing on those two forms of treatment might not get the job done. In some cases, medication-assisted treatment might also be recommended as a way to complement therapy and counseling.
At Casco Bay Recovery, we understand the importance MAT has in treating certain types of addiction, particularly alcohol and opioid addiction. That’s why we offer a medication-assisted treatment program for those who can benefit from it.
If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction and could benefit from either medication-assisted treatment, or one of our other treatment programs, contact us today. We want everyone that comes to see us go on leading happy, healthy, and sober lives.