The Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Using medications like Suboxone or Vivitrol to minimize discomfort during early recovery has been more controversial in the past than in recent years. Studies have shown that recovering people are more likely to maintain continuous sobriety when assisted by these medications.
The drugs we are referring to are:
– Suboxone, Subutex and Sublocade (brand names for buprenorphine)
– Vivitrol and ReVia (brand name for naltrexone)
Opioid users and alcohol abusers are the most common candidates for MAT Treatment.
Minimizing the Use of MAT Medications
Our philosophy is that every client should be:
- Carefully evaluated for medication assisted treatment
- Thoroughly educated about the medication and side effects
- Residing in a monitored and supportive (abstinent) environment during the use
If it is possible to undergo detox and begin early sobriety without the aid of Suboxone or Vivitrol, that is preferred. However, depending on the individual’s personal history, it might be helpful to prescribe Suboxone or Vivitrol to reduce withdrawals and cravings during the more acute stage of detox and the first couple of weeks of sobriety. As soon as possible though, we like to move our clients toward a reduction in the use of MAT.
Tapering off the MAT Medications
While you are still in a supportive residential environment is a great time to “taper off“ or “titrate down” the medication. If someone requires the assistance of these types of drugs then they should definitely be receiving drug and alcohol treatment at a credentialed facility after they complete the detoxification.
At our drug treatment program in the Antelope Valley, you will receive caring and intensive ‘one-on-one’ counseling and participate in group therapy, support groups, and other therapeutic activities each day. The vast majority of the people we treat do not participate in MAT and the ones that do are scheduled to taper off the medication after the detox.
“It is extremely important having structure in my recovery. Being shown structure has helped me with employment, relationships, my family, being accountable, and even working with others”
–Shelby, Cycles of Change alumni
Our program brings structure back into your life. With a guiding hand you can get your life back on track. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment is scary and intimidating. We help eliminate most of your fears. Our clients are usu sally relaxed after the first day and see light at the end of the tunnel. The reinforced fears dissipate and are replaced with optimism and excitement. Here you get the tools you need to effectively battle addiction. Once these are in place our clients get back to work, go back to school, and develop healthy relationships with family.
Getting Medication Administered by a Board Certified Addiction Doctor
Upon admittance to our facility you will undergo a thorough evaluation including your medical history and our Board Certified Addiction Doctor will prescribe the MAT medication after discussing it with you.
Using the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)
The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) is a test that uses a scoring system to help our clinicians understand the level of addiction and discomfort you are experiencing as a result of opiate withdrawal. This tool is helpful for our team to rate the severity of the symptoms
of opiate withdrawal and monitor these symptoms over time.
The score for the completed test scale can be used to help clinicians determine the stage or severity of opiate withdrawal and assess the level of physical dependence on opioids.
As you continue through our treatment program, we will regularly monitor your progress and COWS score which will inform our (and your) decision to continue, reduce, or stop the prescription of drugs like Suboxone.
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We provide a comfortable and safe detox with a caring staff watching over you. Our experienced and compassionate detox treatment team will be by your side to make sure you have support .
MAT Assisted Detox: Our prescribing physician can help with medication for any physical discomfort you may experience. Our clinical professionals care about you and want to see you succeed.
Residential substance abuse treatment generally lasts 30, 60, or 90 days. However, some people choose to continue for up to one year.
Our team of addiction treatment specialists will provide 24/7 care. The experienced and compassionate staff members will help you stay on track and teach you to respond to life’s challenges in a healthy way – without your drug of choice.
We provide relapse prevention training and our team will also address any co-occurring disorders. By addressing these areas we can set the stage for long-term recovery.
Our Partial Hospitalization Program is an intensive & long-term outpatient program that allows you to go home (or to a sober living environment) each night but still enjoy the support of our clinical staff on-site each day.
Our substance abuse counselors are the best in the field, and will help you remain strong and sober. Through our ‘one-on-one’ and group counseling sessions, you will build personal value and learn essential life coping skills.
Our Intensive outpatient rehab program (IOP) and outpatient treatment program (OP) provide regular individual and group therapy sessions. Clients reside at home or in a sober living.
Our IOP program requires involvement from family members, friends, and other interested participants. Our outpatient program includes interactive education groups as well as counseling designed for the individual, group and family.
These sessions are scheduled to work with your outside commitments. You will see individual therapists and physicians (or psychiatrists) up to three times a week.
“It’s hard to find the words to adequately praise Joseph Hunter and Cycles of Change. Prior to discovering Joe, we had years of bad experiences with several treatment centers for our daughter. It’s hard to know whom you can trust and who has genuine concern for a person’s sobriety or who is just in it for the money.
From my first telephone conversation with Joe (while he was on a family vacation) I knew he was different than the other eleven organizations we had dealt with. My daughter instantly made the same connection with him. Joe genuinely cares for people and makes it his life mission to improve the lives of others.” –Parent
Feel like you’re right at home instead of at a recovery facility.
You will have several ‘one-on-one’ meetings per week to ensure that you get individualized attention.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
We have the staff and accreditation to treat co-occurring disorders like anxiety, trauma, and depression.
A Blend of Modalities
We integrate individual and group therapy sessions into your personalized program along with relapse prevention and many educational workshops and services.
Private Rooms Available
We offer spacious shared rooms as well as private rooms.
Professionals and Executives
We have 20+ years of experience helping professional men and women get back on on track and succeed in their careers.