Harmony Recovery offers Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to clients who meet certain criteria. Typically, these are clients who have been unable to maintain long term recovery through abstinence-based programs. Persons suffering from an opioid use disorder usually benefit the most from MAT programs, but they have helped many chronic alcoholics as well.
Here are the three maintenance drugs that our MAT program in Charlotte prescribes for these clients.
Regardless of the medication they use, our MAT program team understands their value. They’ve seen the progress MAT clients make firsthand. Not surprisingly, this is part of a national trend. Drugs like suboxone, naltrexone, and vivitrol have become very useful tools for thousands of recovering people.
Our MAT track provides its clients with medications that counter drug use and reduce cravings. Simultaneously, this track maintains strict ethical guidelines and the necessary oversight. This includes:
- How our physicians prescribe the medications
- The clients for whom they’re prescribed
- They way clients take them
- The duration of use
An Ethical, Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
Our Suboxone-based Medication-assisted Treatment in Charlotte typically lasts one to six months. Like other MAT programs, Harmony manages it as a long-term tapering schedule from opioid drugs. Importantly, we administer these programs to persons who have been unable to maintain sobriety through abstinence based programs. Lastly, these clients must participate in one of our different levels of care treatment programs.
The low but reasonable doses prescribed by our facility are consistent with its purpose of being a risk-reduction and craving-reducing component of the program, rather than it being an indefinite replacement for the substances previously being taken.
By the time a client reaches the maximum program length, medication has already stopped being prescribed and dosages had, throughout the months, been cut so low (even skipping certain days of the week by the end) that a total cutoff of the medication is commonly not uncomfortable at all.
Clients are then allowed to continue their journey to sobriety and move on to a substance-free lifestyle using the tools they retained during their treatment.
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How Our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program Works
Our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program in Charlotte typically starts with an overall assessment and a psychiatric evaluation. Our clinical staff uses these diagnostic tools for a number of reasons:
- As an opportunity to get to know the client and gain a better understanding of their overall situation.
- To give each client a thorough physical examination
- To assess the client’s current mental/emotional state
- Determining what medications the client needs, as well as the proper dosage
This information is then used in the design of the client’s overall care plan. Once treatment actually beings, our medical staff begin to administer one of the risk reduction drugs we mentioned above. Our clinical staff monitors MAT clients’ reactions to the medications quickly after that, mostly to see if any adjustments in dosage need to be made.
Medication levels are closely monitored on a continuous basis by means of urinalysis testing, and dosage is decreased with time as the patient progresses through the different phases of treatment at Harmony Recovery Center, including:
- Partial Hospitalization / PHP
- Intensive Outpatient / IOP
- Outpatient / Aftercare
As medication dosages are subtly decreased throughout the treatment stay, the body’s dependence on them slowly reduces itself until towards the end of the program a very small dosage amount dispensed every few days becomes comfortable to stop taking altogether.
Once medications are stopped, aftercare/outpatient treatment continues for a few weeks in order to monitor the patient’s progress in recovery and make sure enough support is provided to ensure a successful transition to complete abstinence.
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Is Our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program In Charlotte Right For You or Your Loved One?
Needless to say, no one can make this decision for you. Additionally, our qualified medical staff ultimately determines the need for MAT drugs on a case-by-case basis. However, it is still in your best interests to consider what our MAT program can do for you. This is the best way to see if the program matches your needs.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help make the best decision.
If you answered yes to these questions, then our MAT program might be perfect for you. Contact us today for more information.
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