Resources and Support for Lasting Recovery
We’re here to help you find your path to recovery with Medication-Assisted Treatment.
While an abstinence-based program works for many, others just like you have found the tools they need to overcome addiction and sustain recovery with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
By combining medications like buprenorphine (Subutex®, Suboxone®) or naltrexone (Vivitrol®) with counseling and behavioral therapy, MAT provides you a “whole-patient” plan designed to help you live a productive, fulfilling life. Used commonly for alcohol and opioid addiction, MAT may be an effective tool in maintaining lasting recovery.
Benefits of MAT at Bradford:
- Help reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, allowing you to stay engaged with your life during recovery
- Access to a multifaceted approach of medication, counseling, and therapy, customized to your needs and goals
- Support from our knowledgeable and experienced staff as you work toward health and healing
- Resources for you and your family to support your recovery process
Our outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment programs begin with a clinic or telehealth visit with a medical professional that specializes in MAT care for opioid and alcohol addiction.
Bradford is committed to helping people access our premier treatment services. Our MAT programs are covered by most insurance providers, including TennCare.
Our goal is to remove the worry and stress of the cost of treatment, by providing financial guidance to those needing help. Our Patient Financial Services team helps you better understand your benefits, what it pays or does not pay and creating a plan to cover what is needed. We advocate and offer a variety of ways to pay for care including, private pay, loan, and credit card options.
We have helped people find ways to afford care for more than 40 years. If your insurance coverage still leaves you with concerns about affording treatment, we can help you manage the cost of care. As your treatment progresses, your needs may change. Our team will work with you to negotiate a flexible payment plan. We are here with you every step of the way.
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Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication-assisted treatment is being used to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders more frequently than ever before. This increase in popularity stems from a multitude of benefits that go beyond what traditional treatment can provide. The following benefits are only a few reasons why people are using MAT to help them on their road to recovery.
MAT is Effective
It is almost impossible to judge the success of a treatment program based on a single metric. However, compared to other recovery programs, such as medication-only or behavioral-only, MAT has been more effective. This increased success rate is a result of MATs use of multiple different approaches. MAT uses medication-based treatment alongside behavioral treatment. Having the support of helpful medications alongside historically proven behavioral therapy creates a stronger program with a higher success rate. Another name for this dual-minded approach is holistic care.
It is a troubling reality that opioid and alcohol addiction treatment can be expensive. Many people assume that they cannot even afford treatment after looking at some recovery programs’ costs. Fortunately, MAT can be affordable and convenient for those that choose to include it in their opioid or alcohol rehabilitation. MAT is relatively affordable and is also often covered by insurance providers. Visits and sessions are generally conducted in an outpatient clinic setting or via telehealth appointments.
MAT is an extremely affordable alternative compared to the massive cost of supporting an Addiction. Keep in mind the cost of the drug of choice and the inevitable health problems of addiction. People often end up in the hospital and losing their jobs. These extra costs can be prevented with the use of MAT.
Bradford uses the “whole-patient” approach to care, which is another name for holistic care. This approach to treating addiction means that people are cared for in more ways than one. MAT programs use a combination of prescription medications and counseling to improve one’s overall health. The counseling includes promoting the patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and social wellbeing, all keys in the journey towards sobriety. Addressing these issues with the combined benefits of counseling and prescribed medications allows MAT programs to find a high success level.
One of the biggest challenges in the treatment process is the transition back to regular life at home. People grow used to a certain structure and support level in treatment. Lingering physical and emotional symptoms often add to the challenge of maintaining sobriety. Transitioning back to regular life can be hard for many because of these combined reasons. MAT can help bridge the gap between inpatient treatment and life in sobriety at home. It eliminates many urges that would otherwise prevent people from focusing on what they need to do to stay sober.
Is MAT For Me?
While treatment plans vary by individual, the first step toward recovery is to start with a consultation. Our outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment programs begin with a clinic or telehealth visit with a medical professional specializing in MAT care for opioid and alcohol addiction. Bradford’s Recovery Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you schedule an appointment. Call 888-SOBER-40 to learn more about our Medication-Assisted Treatment programs.
7 Myths about Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Alcohol and Opioid Addictions
Medication-Assisted Treatment, MAT, has become more prevalent with the widespread opioid epidemic. Though first introduced in the early 1960s, there are still many misconceptions about its use in treating alcohol and opioid addictions. Read on to uncover the truth behind seven of the most common myths of MAT programs.
Myth 1: MAT is Another Form of Addiction
The #1 misconception of MAT programs is that the medications serve to “trade” one addiction for another. It is important to remember that with MAT, the dependent individual is working with medical providers to stabilize their substance use disorder with FDA-approved medications that are a part of a solution for addiction recovery. This is markedly different from the substance use occurring before entry into an MAT program, often associated with other psychosocial impacts.
These respective medications minimize or eliminate cravings for opioids, such as pain killers or heroin, or alcohol. The types of medications used each have a different purpose. For example, buprenorphine, such as Suboxone® and Sublocade®, is a partial agonist that partially activates opioid receptors. Vivitrol ®, ReVia®, and Depade® are antagonists that block opioid receptors. Diskets®, Methadone Intensol®, Methadose®, and Dolophine® are full agonists that fully activate the opioid receptors. All of these medications affect the brain or body in different ways, allowing physicians to prescribe a solution based on an individual’s needs.
Myth 2: MAT is Not “True” Recovery
There is an unfortunate belief that MAT is not a real path to becoming free from addiction and stalls true recovery. MAT doesn’t delay or stop a person’s recovery process and can have an important role in maintaining recovery. It is like any rehab program: the goal is to help the patient get healthy and live without the drugs that once controlled their lives.
The thoughts of someone dependent on drugs or alcohol are consumed with finding and using their drug of choice. MAT allows for a reprieve from this way of life by minimizing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. MAT can allow a person to function and thrive without using the substance.
Myth 3: MAT is an Ineffective “Quick Fix”
Some believe that MAT is a temporary fix instead of a lasting solution for recovery. The truth: MAT works best when used as part of a long-term addiction rehab program. A study by The National Institute on Drug Abuse found evidence of the long-term success of using medications for opioid abuse recovery. The research followed people in recovery that were prescribed an MAT protocol. These patients were almost twice as likely to continue maintenance treatment than those who were not. Other research has shown that patients who receive 1-2 years of MAT have the best chance at sustained recovery.
Myth 4: You Must Have a Serious Addiction to Qualify for MAT Programs
Another misconception of medication-assisted treatment is that it is only for treating “serious” opioid disorders. Addiction of any kind is always a severe condition that should be taken seriously. Rehab programs should always be tailored to the individual’s situation, which means MAT may not be the best option for everyone. However, there is no “threshold of severity” to meet to consult with an MAT provider. The provider, a medical professional that specializes in medication-assisted treatment, will determine if the patient will benefit from the program. If yes, the provider will prescribe medication levels and a plan customized for the patient.
Myth 5: MAT Patients are More Likely To Overdose
The National Institutes of Health actually found that deaths from overdose decreased by 59% in patients prescribed methadone and 38% in that prescribed buprenorphine. Other studies have also confirmed this finding. The goal of using medications like Suboxone® or Vivitrol® is to decrease the cravings for illicit drugs. As mentioned before, medications used in an MAT program are prescribed by a licensed professional and are effective for people working to maintain their sobriety.
Myth 6: MAT Programs are Expensive
Another medication-assisted treatment myth: MAT has high costs. However, MAT programs are a relatively affordable option for opioid or alcohol abuse treatment that many insurance plans cover. The Affordable Care Act requires most insurance plans to cover drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Many insurance companies have added coverage for MAT under their plans, covering some or even all costs for medication-assisted treatment options. Plans do vary, so it is best to check coverage before beginning a program.
Does Insurance Cover MAT?
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Myth 7: MAT Programs are Just Pill Mills
Some opponents say that MAT clinics are pill mills where people receive medications without oversight or accountability. While some providers operate in this manner, many reputable organizations are operating ethically and lawfully. Proper MAT programs are designed to manage the chronic disease of addiction through both therapy and medication.
“It is widely understood that the treatment of addiction is much like the treatment of other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension,” says Dr. Brent Boyett, an expert in addiction medicine and Medical Director at Bradford Health Services’ Madison, AL facility. “Patients and healthcare providers understand that the goal of medication-assisted treatment is to prevent harmful outcomes and to maintain optimal function. Positive outcomes usually require a combination of lifestyle modification and medications.”
Is MAT for You?
While treatment plans vary by individual, the first step toward recovery is to start with a consultation. Medication-Assisted Treatment options for opioid and alcohol addiction are available at most Bradford locations. Bradford’s Recovery Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you schedule an appointment. Call us at 888-762-3740 to learn more about our MAT programs.
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