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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is part of patient-centered, wrap-around care for people with an opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder. Rehab programs all over the country include MAT in their core offerings. Mile High Recovery Center believes in the efficacy of medication-assisted treatment in conjunction with therapy and peer support.

To learn more about the efficacy of a MAT program in Colorado, how it improves recovery outcomes, and what it looks like during rehab and beyond, call Mile High Recovery Center at 855.796.2102 or complete our online form.

Benefits of a MAT Program in Denver

Mile High Recovery Center proudly provides this evidence-based treatment, which is considered the standard of care for treating both opioid and alcohol addiction. Thus far, these are the only two MAT protocols approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Opioids can include any synthetic or naturally occurring opioid such as:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl (synthetic)
  • Oxycodone (synthetic) and other prescription opioids

Some of the benefits of MAT include:

  • Reduces or eliminates symptoms of withdrawal
  • Prevents the brain from feeling the euphoric effects of the drug
  • Reduces or eliminates cravings
  • Normalizes brain chemistry
  • Reduces the risk of relapse in the long term

There are striking data available showing the effects of MAT on relapse, overdose, and death rates.

How Does MAT Work?

The medications used in a medication-assisted treatment program stabilize the chemistry in the brain. Opioids and alcohol, when chronically abused, disrupt that chemistry. They impede the brain’s ability to produce its own neurotransmitters, breaking the normal feedback loop so that someone with an addiction cannot experience pleasure, bonding, and motivation without the drug.

When the brain chemistry is normalized, cravings – which can last for years after the beginning of recovery – are taken out of the equation, allowing you to fully engage in a life of sobriety and fully participate in counseling and other treatments that address underlying emotional and psychological factors in addiction.

Some people continue with their MAT protocol throughout life, and others are able to wean off the treatment after a few years. Any tapering of medication-assisted treatment is done under the care of a physician.

At Mile High Recovery Center, we use several medications in our MAT program in Denver. The two most common are:

  • Vivitrol (naltrexone)–Effective in impeding the high of both opioid and alcohol use, naltrexone can be prescribed for either addiction. It can be administered as a daily pill or monthly injection.
  • Suboxone (naloxone, buprenorphine)–This medication inhibits the effects of opioids and reduces cravings and is delivered via a daily dissolving pill or film, a monthly injection, or a six-month sub-dermal implant.

Mile High Recovery Center – Medication-Assisted Treatment in Colorado

Our medication-assisted treatment program at Mile High Recovery Center is part of an integrated approach to recovery services. Our professional staff considers up-to-date best practices as well as your specific medical and substance use history and any co-occurring mental health disorders to create an individualized treatment plan.

MAT is an essential piece of an effective treatment plan for opioid or alcohol use disorders. In addition, you will receive a range of evidence-based therapies and support opportunities, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • 12-step program

People who have benefited from MAT have reported many positive outcomes. It gave them hope again, reduced their cravings so that the vital work of therapy could occur, and restored their ability to feel emotion and connect to their loved ones.

Mile High Recovery Center is here to help you with your recovery. With quality care and support, you can return to a life of meaning and wellness. Reach out today. Call 855.796.2102 or use our online form.