Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) utilizes medications proven to ease withdrawal and promote long-term recovery. Pine Grove provides these services on an outpatient basis, in combination with group therapy, to aid in relapse prevention and lasting sobriety.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

For people with substance abuse disorders, including opioid addiction, making a full recovery without medical intervention can be extremely challenging. Withdrawal symptoms can stop even the most dedicated people in their tracks and cause them to resume their pattern of drug use.

At Pine Grove Outpatient Services, we strive to provide all our patients with the highest-quality care, and that includes our medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This approach incorporates the use of specific medications proven to help ease withdrawal and promote long-term health and sobriety.

Individual Medical Evaluations and Weekly Group Therapy

As a qualified MAT outpatient provider, we begin the process of healing with an individual medical exam that can help identify each client’s mental health needs. Dr. Chaz Richardson can address concerns that might require additional counseling or monitoring. He is a graduate of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia, and fulfilled his psychiatry residency at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. After this, he completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Emory University.

He is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Through Dr. Richardson’s extensive expertise, as well as his full-time dedication to Pine Grove, clients will receive top-notch psychiatric care for substance use disorders and behavioral addictions.

We also offer weekly group therapy sessions, led by Dr. Craig Paterson. Group therapy is valuable for recovering addicts because it can help people work through the underlying issues that led to their reliance on drugs or alcohol. These programs are ideal for the motivated client because of the dedication to regular therapy sessions required. Members of the group can provide emotional support to each other during a difficult time. Group therapy is also beneficial for helping you put your struggles in perspective and realize other people are facing many of the same hurdles as you are.

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Addiction recovery often requires a multi-pronged approach that addresses problems from a variety of angles simultaneously. MAT is a therapeutic method that has helped many people achieve sobriety and prevent them from relapsing back into bad habits.

In Pine Grove’s outpatient MAT program, our medical professionals can provide prescription drugs for people who are struggling with severe or extended withdrawal symptoms. For these clients, carefully administered prescription drugs can help ease their pain and provide them with relief. Other people who are addicted to drugs like opioids rely on them to achieve a euphoric feeling. In these cases, medications can block the flood of chemicals that creates the high, so they no longer associate drug use with positive feelings.

Evidence-based medications used in MAT include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Naloxone
  • Naltrexone
  • Vivitrol
  • Disulfiram
  • Acamprosate
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)
How MAT Reduces the Chance of a Relapse

Relapse is a genuine concern for many people in recovery. However, completing a full continuum of care can make it less likely that people will relapse back into drug or alcohol abuse. Employing strategies like MAT in the rehab process can serve as a deterrent to future drug use and improve the chances of achieving long-term freedom from drugs.

Naltrexone, buprenorphine and vivitrol are three examples of prescription medications that can help people with a substance misuse disorder remain on track with their recovery goals. These medications reduce drug cravings and prevent feelings of pleasure in the brain associated with using substances such as alcohol and opioids. Your customized MAT program might include the use of prescription drugs like these in an attempt to minimize your risk of relapse and maintain your sobriety.

Begin Your Treatment Program Here

At Pine Grove, our clients have access to a range of cutting-edge, specialized outpatient services, including medication-assisted treatment in a clinically supervised setting. Our Mississippi behavioral health and addiction treatment campus offers a comprehensive range of options for adult men and women living with a variety of substance misuse and mental health disorders.

If you are looking for a recovery program that provides MAT, as well as an array of other therapeutic approaches to healing drug and alcohol addiction, reach out to our team at 1-888-574-4673 today.