There are many reasons why treatment centers use medication-assisted treatment in their facilities. Our goal at Freedom Now is to utilize the appropriate means to ensure the best treatment and care available is offered to each and every one of our clients.  One of the ways we accomplish this is through our intensive outpatient care (IOP) and our medication-assisted treatment for those struggling with substance abuse–especially those struggling with opioid dependence.

Post intake, we help work with the client to decide and schedule the best treatment plan moving forward for their schedule. This sets us apart as we focus on unique, individualized care proctored by professional caretakers and staff who are well trained in substance use disorders and opioid addiction. Our treatment programs include:

 

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Mental Health Disorders (with Underlying Substance Dependence)
  • Addiction Treatment (Opioid use, Benzos, Alcohol, etc.)
  • Counseling and Behavioral Therapies
  • Medication Management

 

Treatment looks different for each person. Some people may only need to be enrolled in our treatment program for a couple of months while others may need to take part for six-months to a year. Whatever the required treatment is to ensure the best care for you, Freedom Now offers a wide variety of treatment plans and continued care to ensure sustained recovery and help improve your quality of life alongside you.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

What is MAT?  Medication-Assisted Treatment is the use of medication alongside behavioral therapy and counseling. It is a whole-care practice that becomes individualized per the individual needs of each client regarding their own battle with substance use disorder and/or opioid use. We understand that every person comes from a different background and has their own history with substance use and opioid addiction. MAT specializes in developing a unique treatment plan that aids each patient in their recovery while being mindful of work priorities, schooling, and time with family.

Medications Used in MAT:

One of the primary reasons many people avoid treatment options for opioid use or substance use disorders is the fear of withdrawal. Freedom Now helps eliminate that fear through medication-assisted treatment (MAT). There are several medications that are FDA-Approved used in MAT:

 

  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone

 

Each of these medications have been proven to be viable resources for aiding in treating substance use disorders by helping either lessen the effects or eliminate the effects of withdrawal and other physiological symptoms. Freedom Now uses a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) alongside counseling and psychological support to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings while also addressing overarching behavioral and mental health issues.

How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?

Along with counseling and behavioral therapies, medication-assisted treatment is used as a safe treatment of opioid dependence while helping reduce physiological cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and normalize body functions and brain chemistry. When a person has become addicted to opioids, if they don’t get that drug in their system they can get extremely sick when going through withdrawal. Medication-assisted treatment can curb withdrawal symptoms and allow the person to focus on their treatment and recovery. 

MAT begins with our addiction psychiatrist performing clinical and medical evaluations of each patient to determine if MAT is even a necessary approach for recovery. If so, there will be an interplay of counseling and therapy options scheduled alongside medication management plans. During this time, the client will be receiving the best care available while still being able to go about their daily activities.

Freedom Now has strict medical and clinical criteria for someone taking Suboxone. In order to remain in the program, they must follow instructions carefully and diligently. Our MAT clients must show up to treatment, attend their group therapy sessions, make every appointment, and maintain communication with our staff.

We ensure a flexible treatment plan to help keep track with clients as they go about their daily motions. To ensure this, we look at their medical and psychological issues to determine the best course of treatment for their substance use disorder. However, it is the client’s job to prioritize their treatment to ensure the treatment options they are enrolled in are leading to a sustained recovery.

Although additional medication while addressing substance use disorders seems counterintuitive, we often have to put somebody on medication to ensure their safety while going through the withdrawal and detoxification process. Medication-assisted treatment  (MAT) is really an extension of that: to ensure client safety as they continue through the treatment process.

Purpose of MAT

The primary purpose of MAT is to tackle mental health issues with underlying opioid dependence, opioid addiction, and other substance use disorders while prioritizing counseling and psychological treatment through our behavioral treatment programs. Utilizing these treatments enables the client in their treatment of opioid dependence while improving their daily life and shining a light on future possibilities. We desire for each of our clients to experience a sustained recovery through MAT.

Benefits of MAT

Sustained Recovery

MAT has been proven to have sustained results in the treatment of opioid dependence and other substance use disorders. By eliminating the fear of the physiological symptoms that tend to accompany detoxification and rehabilitation, clients can approach MAT with confidence not only being reassured in their physical well-being and care, but also in the care and support they will receive through behavioral counseling and individual or group therapy. Freedom Now focuses on continued care and assistance even after medication-assisted treatment has ceased.

Improving Quality of Life With MAT

Treatment of opioid addiction can seem daunting and intimidating. However, one of the primary benefits in pursuing MAT for opioid use is the improvement in your quality of life post treatment. When we consider individualized care, one question we consider is: what is going to improve their quality of life? At times, it can be a difficult question to answer: for, each person’s life and situation is different. The question then becomes: what does it mean to have an improved quality of life?

We at Freedom Now are dedicated to seeing you through a proactive and supportive treatment plan designed specifically for you. Progress will look different for each person and successful treatment will garner different results. However, our programs are designed to help you understand that treatment and recovery is all about the fellowship: it’s about creating a support system for people who have been or become isolated.

Community

Opioid use and dependence as well as any other addiction or mental health disorder is isolating. We understand the pain and struggles that come out of substance dependence. However, another benefit of Freedom Now’s treatment programs is that it is a communal effort. Our treatment programs help our clients realize and understand that they are not alone in their journey toward recovery.