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MAT Addiction Treatment in Ashburn
If you have been abusing drugs and/or alcohol for a long time, if you have been using large amounts of substances, or if you have noticed that you cannot seem to get through the day without using drugs or alcohol, you may have a physical dependence on one or more substances. For many people, the realization that they are addicted to drugs can feel surreal. Nobody expects something like that could happen to them.
You may have been telling yourself you are using a safe amount, or that you are doing fine because you know other people who have much worse problems than you do. The thing is, addiction is not something that goes away by itself. It is a progressive issue that just gets worse and worse, until the compulsions to use become the only thing driving you.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a complex disease that affects the brain when substances like heroin, alcohol, benzodiazepine drugs, or opioid painkillers are abused. It is a disorder that can be treated but will never be fully cured, even after stopping the use of the substance completely, because physical brain structures and chemical balances are altered in irrevocable ways. This is not only because of physical changes caused by the introduction of substances into the bloodstream, but also because of the introduction of habits and behaviors that result in compulsive actions and changes in the reward systems that make it more difficult to think, resist temptation, plan, remember things, and make decisions.
In addition, trying to cut back or stop these drugs on your own can feel impossible. There is so much discomfort, pain, anxiety, and emotional pain that comes with drug withdrawal that simply “being an addict” can sometimes seem like the easier choice. Many people with drug addiction issues also have a mental illness or underlying trauma that they are dealing with as well, adding another layer to the complex issues surrounding addiction.
The good news is there is hope, even for people who have been using serious drugs like opioids or benzos for a long time. A medication-assisted treatment program (MAT) can help you get through the pain and intense drug cravings, keep you safe, and help you start a comprehensive rehab program that will get you back on your feet and the road to recovery from addiction.
MAT programs are often provided when a person comes to The Detox Center of Los Angeles as part of a comprehensive treatment program that combines behavioral therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, physical health care, and wellness treatments. Patients are given small maintenance doses of medications to remove distracting cravings and pain, so they can begin to take the necessary steps needed to overcome addiction. MAT is just one part of an integrated rehab program, helping to clear patients’ heads and help them stay safe and comfortable as they detox and rehabilitate, gaining relapse prevention skills, stress management tools, and connections to long-term recovery resources.
What Is MAT?
MAT treatment (medication-assisted treatment) is a specialized type of care provided by a rehab center, hospital, or medical clinic, acting as a type of long-term detox schedule that goes beyond your average detox program. It is used in tandem with therapy and health care to keep patients safe from the difficult and sometimes dangerous physical withdrawal symptoms that can come with quitting drugs like opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. Without MAT, these symptoms can last for months or can go away and return over and over again as patients work towards their recovery, causing setbacks or even relapse. Professional medical care and medication management can resolve these issues and remove a huge barrier many people with substance use disorders face in treatment.
Ashburn residents can come to The Detox Center of Los Angeles for MAT, and experience the same care, comfort, and amenities as any of our patients in inpatient detox, with:
- Round-the-clock medical care is provided by nurses who are onsite 24 hours a day to keep you safe from any dangerous symptoms, and to ensure your treatments are working as planned
- Acute detox care helps you through the worst of your detox symptoms as they come up immediately after quitting the substances
- Prescription medications are provided as needed to help you with withdrawal symptoms like nausea, aches and pains, restlessness, and cravings
- Access to therapy, behavioral health care, and groups, for emotional and psychological support
- Dual diagnosis care for people who have co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizoaffective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, etc.
You will also take care of your body, with healthy meals that are made by a private chef, plenty of rest and hydration, and some light exercise or stretching
Your MAT program will include prescription medications that vary depending on which substances you were using. MAT for alcohol use disorder often includes medications given after detox is complete, to make drinking extremely unpleasant and to reduce alcohol cravings.
For Benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Halcion, and Ativan, you will be provided with a slow benzo tapering schedule, which gradually reduces the number of drugs in your system for weeks or months without putting the body into a state of shock. Benzo withdrawal from quitting cold turkey without a taper can induce seizures and other serious or even deadly medical problems, so a MAT program is always recommended for these anxiety medications.
When you are quitting opioid drugs like heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or fentanyl, a MAT treatment plan will provide FDA-approved maintenance doses of Subutex or suboxone to reduce cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms like muscle aches, bone pain, distress, high blood pressure, stomach issues, and flu-like symptoms. The medication is given in small enough doses that you won’t get high or become addicted, and the amount is slowly tapered off once you have achieved a level of stability in your life that you are comfortable with. MAT programs for opioid drugs can last for months or sometimes years, depending on the individual.
Although MAT medications are crucial to some people’s recovery, it is the therapy and hard work in rehab that results in long-term relapse prevention and success in sobriety. The Detox Center of Los Angeles provides group therapy, one-on-one therapy, family therapy, behavioral therapy, psychiatric treatments, wellness programs, and case management programs that will help you heal and grow as a person as you work to take back control over your life, your health, and your happiness, one day at a time.
What To Expect During MAT?
During MAT is The Detox Center of Los Angeles, you will move into our inpatient center for a minimum of 20 days, starting your detox and medication management plan right away after your initial biopsychosocial assessment that will help us determine the best types of treatments for your unique needs.
You will work to meet your recovery goals as you live in our supportive and safe residential center, as you attend 40 to 47 hours a week of group therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, behavioral therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy), and meet with your primary therapist at least once a week. Psychoeducational programs will teach you more about addiction, and if it is appropriate you will attend family therapy with members of your family to help you grow your support system.
Dual diagnosis programs are available to those with co-occurring mental health issues. Healing the body and mind together may also involve nutritional programs, exercise, and holistic treatments like breathwork, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, and creative art therapy.
Staying at our drug and alcohol treatment center means you live within the center day and night, 24 hours a day. It offers you a sober place to stay without any temptation from the outside world, where you can rest and focus on your healing without worrying about others. We provide a comfortable home away from home for you, with good food (and snacks available at all times), a comfortable bed, housekeeping services, in-unit laundry machines, and plenty of indoor and outdoor places to spend time, relax, or even play basketball or a friendly game of cornhole with other residents. Doctors and nurses are around 24 hours a day, making sure your health is good and your medications are working as planned.
After you complete your time in inpatient rehab, we can connect you to outpatient rehab programs that will continue your MAT treatments as you transition back to living at home. That way you will keep going to therapy and have high levels of support as you return to work and other life responsibilities.
Why Choose The Detox Center of LA For Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction
When you choose The Detox Center of LA for your MAT program, you will have an integrated treatment plan that addresses the psychological, physical, behavioral, social, and physical aspects of addiction, combined into a realistic and safe program that works. It is not easy to overcome addiction, but with our comprehensive treatment programs, you will receive all the care, support, community, and education you need to get out of your rut and start fresh, as the sober individual you want to be.
Our detox and rehab programs are effective, and when combined with MAT treatments, will give you the best possible chance of achieving long-term recovery. Please call our team now at (888) 346-4350 to learn how to get started. We are here for you.