Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
At GhentMD, providing evidence-based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) arises out of a keen interest in combatting the opioid addiction epidemic. MAT clinical programs offer FDA approved medications in combination with behavioral health counselling and are designed to meet the needs of varied individuals. Prior to commencing MAT individuals diagnosed with OUD are educated on medications and treatment options. MAT helps to prevent or reduce opioid overdose, aid recovery sustenance and reduces undesirable withdrawal symptoms and cravings. At GhentMD Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is prescribed for Opioid Use Disorder for those meeting criteria.
Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is an FDA approved prescription medication that can help with opioid addiction. Dependence on drugs like heroine or prescription opioid painkillers to function is an unhealthy struggle. Suboxone can be a valuable short-term or long-term alternative offered by a licensed medical professional through medication therapy management. Prescribers are trained to offer appropriate and safe dosages for the individual to ensure that the medication is working effectively. The goal of Suboxone treatment is to wean dependent users off opioid use.
Substance abuse and addiction often develop with other behavioral and mental health struggles. Thus, while medication-assisted therapy is a key part of weaning users off opioid use, evidence-based counseling supplements Suboxone treatment. Research has shown that combining MAT and behavioral health counseling successfully identifies the root issues causing the substance abuse, and that a combination of MAT and counseling can successfully treat these disorders. At GhentMD, every individual entering MAT is referred to a licensed counselor if they do not already have one working with them. Counseling helps address the underlying issues, thereby offering individuals the chance to break free from substance abuse, attain health, wellness, and sobriety for a lifetime.