Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction in Ohio

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) offers a path to recovery from opioid and alcohol addiction in Ohio. This evidence-based approach combines medication with counseling and support services to help individuals regain control of their lives. Unlike quitting cold turkey, MAT provides a gentler transition, managing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. Eagle Healthworks offers comprehensive MAT programs at our centers in Thornville, Byesville, and Bridgeport, supporting your journey towards lasting recovery.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) offers a safer and more effective transition away from opioid and alcohol addiction compared to quitting cold turkey. It helps individuals to regain mental stability without relying on illicit substances. By managing problems from illegal drug withdrawal, patients can maintain the benefits of mental health support on their recovery journey.

Patients have the freedom to gradually reduce medication over time, empowering them to achieve lasting recovery on their own terms eventually – but that decision is entirely in their hands. Eagle Healthworks’ mission is to assist all individuals with the long-term goal of abstinence on their own timeline. 

How Suboxone is Used for Opioid Addiction Treatment in Ohio

Various medications play a crucial role in addiction recovery, each offering unique benefits for managing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

  • Buprenorphine (“Subutex”) is a partial opioid agonist that helps manage cravings by mildly stimulating neurotransmitters. It mimics some effects of opioids but at a lower intensity. 
  • Naloxone (“Narcan”), an opioid antagonist, blocks the effects of drugs like heroin and fentanyl. While naloxone alone, like Narcan, reverses overdose, it can induce immediate and intense withdrawal symptoms.
  • When buprenorphine and naloxone are combined in medications like Suboxone or Zubsolv, the two work together to prevent cravings and block euphoric effects, which allows people to avoid harmful illicit drug use.

Other Medications used in Addiction Treatment

  • Subutex (buprenorphine) tabs
  • Zubsolv (buprenorphine/naloxone) tabs
  • Sublocade (buprenorphine) monthly injection
  • Brixadi (buprenorphine) weekly or monthly injection
  • Vivitrol (naltrexone) monthly injection or daily tabs [Alcohol and Opioid Disorders]
  • Withdrawal Medication
  • Lucemyra (lofexidine) tabs
  • Hep-C (HCV) meds
  • Epclusa – 12-week once daily CURE
  • Mavyret – 8-week 3 times daily CURE

Potential Risks With MAT

The introduction of legal medications and dosing schedules is a change in behavior that takes patients a little time to adjust. It isn’t unusual for patients to feel “off” the first few days, but most feel almost immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms. Headaches are also common, but temporary. 

Standalone buprenorphine use carries the risk of continued illicit substance use due to the absence of naloxone, indicating unresolved addictive behaviors. That’s why the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) is often preferred for comprehensive addiction treatment, providing a balanced approach to recovery. While MAT carries risks like medication abuse, strict measures such as regular drug screenings are implemented to prevent misuse and diversion.

The Importance of Counseling and Support Services with MAT

While MAT is a powerful tool in addiction recovery, counseling remains a cornerstone of treatment at Eagle Healthworks’ Ohio centers. Without counseling, MAT will likely fail. Counseling is the foundational hub, and other services like MAT are the spokes in the gear of change that churns in recovery. Primary care follow-up, bloodwork, case management, community involvement, and peer support are all part of a recovery journey “gear”. 

Take the first step towards a healthier future. Contact Eagle Healthworks today to learn more about our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs in Ohio and find the support you need to overcome addiction.

We provide useful, convenient, and affordable treatment services for people seeking freedom from substance abuse and related lifestyle issues.

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