If you are considering treatment options for opioid addiction, you surely have heard the terms medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and methadone treatment. It’s crucial to understand how these two approaches can affect your recovery.
At Liberty Health Services, we believe that recovery is possible for people addicted to opioids. Often, people need the guidance and supervision of professionals to get through the difficult first stages of recovery. As a result, we offer resources like medication-assisted treatment and a methadone treatment program to help.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
MAT is a therapeutic approach to substance use disorders that uses a combination of medication and therapy. It can be effective for those with an opioid or alcohol use disorder. MAT curbs withdrawal with medication while using therapy to change behavior.
MAT is a combination of medication and therapy—the medication, whether it’s methadone or another FDA-approved drug, staves off the withdrawal. Addiction therapy programs help to identify triggers that can lead to drug use. Therapy also focuses on behaviors that happen in response to these triggers.
What Causes Opioid Withdrawal?
Opioid use changes brain chemistry by attaching to opioid receptors. The body will compensate for that change to keep you stable and functioning. However, when substance use stops, the brain chemistry becomes unbalanced, leading to unpleasant and sometimes dangerous withdrawal side effects.
Some signs of withdrawal include:
- Muscle cramps
- Vomiting and nausea
Withdrawal starts after the last dose and continues until brain chemistry stabilizes or drug use begins again. An addiction treatment program at Liberty Health Services can help manage withdrawal.
What Is a Methadone Treatment Program?
Methadone is the drug used in medication-assisted treatment. It is FDA-approved and a critical part of opioid maintenance therapy to manage withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid agonist. It acts on the same receptors in the brain that opioids do. Its job is to keep the opioid receptors busy to eliminate withdrawal symptoms. Harsh withdrawal can lead to relapse. Since methadone keeps that withdrawal at bay, our clients can focus on therapy and identifying triggers. Once you understand the triggers and behaviors that support drug use, it is easier to change them.
What Are Triggers?
Triggers vary for each person, but they are usually thoughts, feelings, and activities that remind someone of their drug use. Triggers can lead to cravings, so identifying them is a necessary part of recovery and relapse prevention.
Cravings are urges that become difficult to ignore. They are a normal part of most people’s recovery.
Cravings can have both physical and mental side effects. Once they start, it is important to cope with them in a way that will not relapse. That is one reason a methadone treatment program is an effective choice. Methadone manages those side effects so that the client can focus on healing.
What Is the Methadone Treatment Program at Liberty Health Services Like?
Liberty Health Services is a medical detox center in New Hampshire. We offer a luxury and private treatment environment that focuses on individual care and family therapy. Our facility, set deep in the woods, is more like a hotel than a rehab. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
At Liberty Health Services, we provide a variety of programs, including:
- Detox for most substances, including opioids and alcohol
- MAT, which includes a methadone treatment program
- Behavioral therapy that focuses on triggers and changing behaviors
- Individual therapy designed with the needs of the client in mind
Take the First Step in Recovery at Liberty Health Services
At Liberty Health Services, our methadone treatment clinic in New Hampshire can help those with an opioid addiction overcome painful withdrawal symptoms. Learn more about how our methadone treatment program can get you on the road to recovery by calling our team at 855.689.5685 or completing our online form. Make today the day that you start feeling better. Reach out to Liberty Health Services now.