Addiction treatment is continuously evolving. We are consistently implementing new therapy methods and treatment programs to provide clients with the most effective options possible. Over the years, Medication-Assisted Treatment has become a vital component in fighting addiction. However, stigmas tend to prevent individuals from seeking out a Medication-Assisted Treatment program. Instead of falling victim to these stigmas, learn more about Medication-Assisted Treatment to see if it’s the right choice for you.

Do I Need Help?

mom and daughter discussing the need for a Medication-Assisted Treatment programYour first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem. While it can be clear to your loved ones that an addiction is present, it can take longer for the individual to accept this as fact. If you’re unable to function properly without using a particular substance, you might have an addiction. Your substance abuse controlling every aspect of your life is also a significant sign of addiction. If you begin to notice these problems, professional treatment is a must. Depending on the substance you use, a Medication-Assisted Treatment program might be your best shot at a safe recovery.

What is a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?

A Medication-Assisted Treatment program uses FDA-approved medications in conjunction with therapy and counseling methods to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders. While many believe that Medication-Assisted Treatment simply trades one harmful substance for another, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. These medications work to help reduce cravings by tricking the brain into thinking it’s received the harmful substance. This means that the individual won’t experience such harsh withdrawal symptoms or have intense cravings, which can help them in treatment. Other medications also help to block receptors in the brain.

Medical professionals evaluate each client to determine if a Medication-Assisted Treatment program is best. If Medication-Assisted Treatment is best, the professional will prescribe the medication to best help the client. They will also monitor the client and make changes to the dosage and duration of use based on their progress in the program.

Examples of these medications include:

  • Disulfiram
  • Acamprosate
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine

Professional Treatment for Alcohol and Opioids

A Medication-Assisted Treatment program isn’t necessary for every illicit substance. Alcohol and opioid use disorders tend to be the substances that require this program the most. That’s due to the effects these substances have on the brain. Individuals tend to develop a stronger physical and psychological dependence on alcohol and opioids than other substances. Such a dependence means a harsher withdrawal and a harder time ending use. Medication-Assisted Treatment can help keep clients safe as they begin to end their addiction to these substances.

Finding Help with Gateway Foundation Caseyville

Never fight the battle against addiction alone. The addiction treatment staff at Gateway Foundation Caseyville is ready to help you end the cycle of addiction and begin living a healthier, fuller life. Along with a Medication-Assisted Treatment program, we also provide the following addiction treatment programs:

We also provide a range of addiction therapy services to give each client their best chance at success. To begin your recovery journey, contact Gateway Foundation Caseyville by calling now at 618.205.5307.