MAT Program for Addiction
Orange County Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
Renaissance Recovery Center is proud to announce the launch of our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) in Orange County, CA. Renaissance Recovery and its respective leadership have completed a year of research and development, and we’re finally prepared to effectively launch our MAT program. In addition to our MAT program, we also offer a range of addiction treatment programs to provide the support necessary for long-term addiction recovery from opioid abuse disorder.
By: Renaissance Recovery
Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT
Last Updated: 9/23/2021
Signs of Opioid Abuse
According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are significantly greater than those of dying in a car accident. The CDC reports 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017, compared to 37,133 deaths from car accidents in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This high number of opioid overdose fatalities is a national problem. Families across the country from all walks of life have had to deal with the death of a loved one due to opioid abuse.
Although each person has different indications that they are abusing opioids, some of the most common signs are:
- Inability to control opioid use
- Uncontrollable cravings for opioids
- Drowsiness and changes in sleep habits
- Sudden weight loss
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Lack of hygiene
- Isolation from family or friends
- Stealing from family, friends, or businesses
- New financial difficulties
If you or a loved one exhibits one or more of these signs, contact Renaissance Recovery right away by either calling 866.330.9449 or completing our convenient online form.
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Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal
Opioid abuse is such a widespread issue, and many people would love to stop using opioids altogether. However, it can be nearly impossible for people to stop using opioids without the help of medical professionals. Also, if people try to end opioid abuse on their own, it can be dangerous or even fatal.
If someone addicted to opioids tries to quit “cold turkey,” they go through the process of withdrawal. After the first twenty-four hours without opioids, withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle aches
- Excessive sweating
After the first day without opioids, the symptoms become more severe, including:
- Abdominal cramping
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
In extreme cases, it is even possible to die as a result of opioid withdrawal. So, how can someone safely quit opioid abuse? One option offered at Renaissance Recovery is our medication-assisted treatment program (MAT).
What Is a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?
Medication-assisted treatment uses FDA-approved medications in conjunction with other counseling and behavioral therapies. This treatment option is overseen by a medical doctor who has received the additional necessary training to treat substance use disorder with the assistance of conjunctive medication.
Research has shown MAT is a proven, evidence-based form of treatment that can successfully treat these disorders, and can even help people in long-term recovery.
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The medications will allow your body to more easily withdraw from heroin addiction while also reducing cravings for the drug.
You can use drugs to help deal with the vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea that often accompanies detox from heroin addiction. Sleeping tablets and antidepressants can also be used to streamline the overall process and reduce discomfort. Non-opioids can also be used.
Beyond this, other medications can then be used to target the same opioid receptors targeted by heroin but without the attendant dangers.
These drugs fall under 3 main categories:
- Agonists: Activate opioid receptors powerfully
- Partial agonists: Milder activation of opioid receptors
- Antagonists: Block the opioid receptors and their rewarding effects
The precise medication used will vary according to your needs.
Among the above groups, the most commonly used of these drugs are:
Most Common MAT Drugs
Buprenorphine (branded as Subutex) is a partial opioid agonist. It helps to minimize cravings for heroin without triggering a high. Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine became the first drug physicians could prescribe under the new Drug Addiction Treatment Act. Approval led to increased access to this treatment.
When taken as prescribed buprenorphine is safe and effective in helping diminish the effects of physical dependence that opioids can have on an individual. While there are side effects associated with buprenorphine use, it can help individuals who are dealing with withdrawal symptoms associated with buprenorphine.
Methadone is a long-acting opioid agonist taken orally under supervision. The medication takes time to hit the brain and does not deliver a high. The medication has been used to treat heroin addiction since the 60s.
The function of methadone use is to reduce opioid craving and withdrawal and blunt or block the effects of opioids. When taken as prescribed, methadone is a safe and effective method to help those who have fallen into an opioid addiction.
Methadone is administered in an outpatient setting.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that interferes with the way opioids act. Neither sedating nor addictive, you can find naltrexone as an injectable, a nasal spray, or an auto-pen.
Naltrexone is not an opioid and is used to block the euphoric and sedative effects that is caused by opioids such as heroin, codeine, morphine, and more.
Current research shows that MAT can be used to treat heroin addiction and opioid use disorder with few drawbacks. Using medication improves overall retention in treatment programs while reducing criminal activity and the transmission of infectious diseases.
A Common Misconception About MAT
A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. However, this is not true. Instead, MAT is used to relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that many experience, making treatment easier. This provides stability for the client so that they can begin the necessary clinical work they need in order to achieve long term recovery.
Buprenorphine, approved for use in 2002 by the FDA, represents the latest advance in MAT. Utilization of Buprenorphine in combination with other treatment modalities provide a whole-patient approach to opioid dependency. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. An opioid agonist satisfies the body’s craving for opiate, which eliminates withdrawals. However, the main point is that Buprenorphine does not produce the same level of euphoria. Buprenorphine has a “ceiling effect,” which reduces the potential for misuse.
Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
There are many benefits to our medication-assisted treatment program in Orange County, CA, including:
- Safety – Medication-assisted treatment is safer than quitting at home because people are under the supervision of trained medical professionals.
- Less chance of relapse – Medications used in MAT blocks the effects of opioids in the brain. People don’t get the “high” that they crave, and as a result, are less likely to seek out opioids to abuse.
- Sustained recovery – Because MAT normalizes brain chemistry, people with opioid addictions can truly focus on their treatment plans. As a result, there is a higher chance for people to maintain their recovery because they have a stronger foundation.
- Lower crime rate – Numerous studies have shown that people who complete MAT are less likely to commit a crime and less likely to be incarcerated.
- Cost-effective – Billions of dollars each year are lost due to lost productivity at work, health care fees, and costs associated with the criminal justice system. Medication-assisted treatment has been proven to significantly reduce these costs.
What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Renaissance Recovery Center provides comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment to treat the underlying mental health conditions contributing to your drug addiction, in addition to the symptoms of your drug addiction. Upon your admission into a mental health treatment center in Orange County, the addiction treatment staff will conduct a mental health assessment to compile a personalized addiction treatment plan that works best for you.
Our cognitive-behavioral program focuses on several core ideas. The treatments address the flawed and unhelpful thoughts or responses. These are the basis of many psychological problems, such as addiction. Unlike other therapy methods, cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on your current situations. You don’t have to focus on your past. Cognitive-behavioral therapy shows you how to recognize your unhelpful, distorted thoughts that cause problems. In addition, this treatment allows you to understand your behavior and the motivations behind them. Treatment modalities might include encouraging you to face your fears or roleplaying reactions to certain situations. Additionally, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you calm your body and mind when you get stressed.
Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a treatment option that medical specialists use to treat many issues, including addiction, depression, PTSD, and other personality disorders. The skills you learn in dialectical behavior therapy help you to tolerate distress and negative emotions. You can also improve your ability to regulate your emotions and be mindful of the moment. Additionally, you learn how to communicate with other people. Through the dialectical behavior therapy program in Orange County, CA, you learn how to stabilize yourself when things get uncomfortable or stressful. You’re able to ground yourself and maintain your inner peace.
Holistic therapy works in conjunction with evidence-based therapies to treat the body, mind, and spirit of a person with an addiction. Holistic therapy practices include meditation, yoga, energy work, massage, and acupuncture. At Renaissance Recovery, our adventure-based program in Southern California includes hiking, rock climbing, or surfing. When you participate in these programs, you learn how to persevere through difficult circumstances. You also build relationships with people just like you and learn how to work in a team. Additionally, you gain hobbies that you can use to cope with stress after completing your outpatient addiction rehabilitation program.
Among the different therapeutic modalities there are different levels of care that associate with medically assisted treatment. While it’s crucial in detox, residential, and PHP to be comfortable of withdrawal symptoms, the after care options is what help long-term sobriety.
The detox process is uncomfortable, but MAT options help smooth things over. Medically assisted treatment can be a tremendous help. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been shown countless times to significantly drop rates of relapse of clients. These medication alter withdrawal symptoms making the first few days of treatment more comfortable.
Renaissance Recovery’s IOP programs can help clients overcome addiction through various individual and group therapies as well as experiential types of treatment. With the help of things like CBT, family therapy, adventure therapy, and more, clients will gain learn ways to mitigate the hold that addiction has on their lives.
With an Outpatient rehab program program patients live in our facility in Orange County, where they have some freedom to come and go, but the bulk of their days are spent in treatment sessions. This includes counseling, group therapy, and family therapy. This is for people who have really struggled during rehab and still have not addressed or resolved the core triggers that drove them to addiction. For people who have abused alcohol or substances for a long time or from an early age, outpatient drug rehab is a good choice.
During a clients time with Renaissance at an outpatient facility, it may be best for them to get away from their current environment as it may be contributing to or causing their addiction problem to get worse. This is where sober living homes can help. Renaissance is partnered with numerous sober living facilities to ensure that clients always have a safe place to be if they want to be serious about their recovery.
Medication-Assisted Treatment: Los Angeles & Orange County
If you are looking for a MAT program in Los Angeles, Renaissance Recovery can help you. We have a treatment program that provides the full continuum of care, including a medication-assisted treatment program. We are based in Orange County but have connections around the entire Southern California area.
If you are interested in learning more about our Orange County and Los Angeles medication-assisted treatment, please give us a call today to discover how we can help you start your new sober life.
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