While any chemical addiction or dependency can be extremely difficult to overcome without help, opiate use disorder brings with it an even greater degree of difficulty due to the effects of continued use on your brain chemistry. Individuals who have used opiates for an extended period of time have unknowingly trained their brains to not only expect, but rely upon the presence of the chemicals just to make them feel normal. Feeling normal does not just mean feeling euphoric, but can mean feeling well enough to perform even basic tasks and functions in life. Without the opiates, individuals may experience terrible withdrawal including physical symptoms such as aches, pains, chills, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, cramps as well as psychological symptoms such as extreme anxiety and depression. These are just the tip of the iceberg of symptoms an individual would experience without some assistance managing withdrawal.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, such as Methadone, Vivitrol and Buprenorphine, in combination with individual and/or group counseling in the treatment of a disease. MAT has been rigorously studied over more than five decades and is widely considered the most effective way to treat opioid use disorder.
In practice for almost 30 years, VCS medical specialists clearly understand what a patient in medication-assisted treatment needs to successfully overcome opiate use disorder and live a happier, healthier and more productive life. That experience in producing successful outcomes has allowed VCS to develop a treatment protocol which incorporates a harm reduction model, medications and proven psychosocial interventions such as motivational interviewing and substance use disorder counseling. Through this methodology, VCS has helped patients to reclaim their lives.
“Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is clinically driven with a focus on individualized patient care.”
VCS medication assisted treatment programs offer: