The first step of recovery is ending your physical dependence on a substance. However, this is often easier said than done. Substances such as opioids and alcohol can have lasting withdrawal symptoms that make focusing on treatment extremely difficult. To counteract this, Gateway Foundation Smyrna offers Medication-Assisted Treatment to clients who need it.

Withdrawal management typically involves ending substance abuse abruptly. While this is an uncomfortable process for everyone who undergoes it, many can make it through and begin treatment with no problems. However, many others with severe addictions struggle to overcome some of the more lasting effects, such as anxiety and cravings.

Additionally, some substances are unsafe to stop abruptly, such as heroin, narcotics, and alcohol. These substances can cause severe withdrawal symptoms that can threaten an individual’s health. Therefore, these individuals need a much slower taper than the typical one-week withdrawal management period.

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

medication-assisted treatment program gateway foundation smyrnaA Medication-Assisted Treatment program is a process where addiction treatment specialists monitor a client’s use of FDA-approved substances to help ease withdrawal symptoms. At Gateway Foundation Smyrna, we refer our clients to trusted partners to undergo the withdrawal management process. However, those who return who still struggle with withdrawal symptoms may begin a Medication-Assisted Treatment program.

The substances in a Medication-Assisted Treatment program function similarly to addictive substances. However, they will not cause physical dependence, especially under the close watch of addiction treatment specialists. In fact, many of these substances have deterrents that prevent individuals from abusing them.

There are many misconceptions about Medication-Assisted Treatment. Some believe that MAT is simply swapping out one substance for another. However, this is not the case. Medication-Assisted Treatment exists to healthily and comfortably wean individuals off of their substances. In a safe and monitored environment, this gives clients the best chance at a lasting recovery. Other benefits include:

  • Reducing cravings
  • Significantly reducing the risk of relapse
  • Decreased withdrawal symptoms
  • Eliminates the need for hospitalization

Do I Need a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?

Determining whether or not you need a Medication-Assisted Treatment program is a conversation you have to have with your addiction treatment team upon intake. During the intake exam, they will determine the severity of your substance use disorder and what steps you need to take during recovery.

Throughout your recovery journey, our addiction treatment staff will monitor your progress and adjust your plan as necessary. If they determine that you need a Medication-Assisted Treatment program, then they will make those arrangements for you. Some of the medications offered in a Medication-Assisted Treatment program include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Naltrexone
  • Vivitrol
  • Campral
  • Librium

Recovery with Gateway Foundation Smyrna

Don’t let your fear of withdrawal symptoms hold you back from pursuing addiction treatment. The addiction treatment staff members at Gateway Foundation Smyrna are ready with the resources you need to begin living a happier and healthier life. To learn more about our addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services, call us today at 302.653.3923.