How Does Medication Assisted Treatment Really Work?

Did you know that there are millions of people struggling with addiction every day? It’s true, but there are tons of options for therapy and treatment – one of those options is medication assisted treatment. It’s a controversial topic sometimes but a lot of people are certainly under the wrong impression. So let’s talk about what it really means to be on medicated assisted treatment.

Often medication assisted treatment starts out at least in conjunction with another kind of therapy, whether that’s residential treatment, outpatient treatment, or other modes of help. The medications used are to help with cravings – methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine are some of the most common prescribed. You might know them as some of their brand names like Vivitrol and Suboxone.

These medications are so incredibly helpful for some people – they help with avoiding withdrawals and cravings and they can help tremendously with the prevention of relapse when used correctly. Medication assisted treatment is an evidenced based treatment approach that has been proven to help people become successful in recovery.

The sad truth about addiction – and opioid addiction is that there are so many people who got their start so innocently, from peer pressure to just trying things out from the medicine cabinet, being prescribed painkillers for broken bones, dental appointments, or otherwise it’s easy to fall straight into the trap of addiction.

It’s not always that easy to get out of addiction but it’s not impossible either. With the right focus, commitment, and determination, along with support and therapy, there’s no reason at all that you can’t beat addiction. If it’s something you have been thinking about, stop hesitating. Find the help you need and start taking the steps necessary steps to change your life today!

N.D. “Understanding Opioid Addiction”. Drug Free. (website). 2019
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