Medication-Assisted Treatment


Medication-Assisted Treatment in Ohio

When someone struggles with substance abuse or addiction, different treatment paths are available to them. Addiction is considered a treatable but serious and progressive disease. Treatment should take into account the complexity of addiction. Treatment plans often include a combination of prescription medications, counseling, and behavioral therapy. This approach is known as medication-assisted treatment.

When you’re looking for medication-assisted treatment in Ohio, an important consideration is a program that will also offer counseling. On its own, medicine isn’t an addiction treatment. Instead, it’s a way to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms so you aren’t distracted and can fully focus on your rehab program.

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Our outpatient rehab program was designed to offer a 360 approach when treating substance abuse.

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Medication-assisted treatment is one of the foundations of our programming offer a solid foundation for long-term healing.


How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?

The Food and Drug Administration approves several medications for treating substance use disorders, particularly opioid and alcohol use disorders. The medications can reduce withdrawal symptoms and mental cravings. Using medication is considered an evidence-based treatment approach.

In an opioid use disorder, drugs hijack a person’s natural reward system. An opiate addiction causes a person to give up life’s pleasurable activities for the drug-related feeling of being “high.” This can reach an extreme where people lose relationships and employment for the drug, leading to failure to fulfill objectives. Failure to get the substances is associated with uncomfortable withdrawal and cravings.

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Understanding Opioid Use Disorder

Opioids can be natural, synthetic, or semi-synthetic substances that interact with your body and brain’s own opioid receptors. There are prescription opioids that are used to treat pain, and then there are illicit opioids like heroin as well.

Prescription opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and others.

While prescription opioids can reduce pain sensations, they also have several side effects, including confusion, drowsiness, nausea, and constipation. At high doses, opioids, including prescribed ones, can lead to a deadly overdose.

Fentanyl is a synthetic, lab-made opioid that’s as much as 100 times stronger than morphine. There are pharmaceutical versions of fentanyl prescribed for severe pain management, and then there’s also a flood of illegal fentanyl in the U.S. right now.

An opioid use disorder can include symptoms like giving up other activities because of use, taking more over a longer period than initially intended, and an ongoing desire or efforts to stop or cut back on the use of opioids. Other signs of an OUD include cravings, problems fulfilling obligations in different parts of your life, and continuing to use opioids even though it’s causing problems in relationships and other aspects of life.


Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms & Medications

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can occur when dependence forms, whether someone has a psychological addiction or not. Dependence on opioids can develop relatively quickly, often within four to eight weeks. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include pain, cramping, diarrhea, anxiety, and intense cravings. The symptoms can be severe to the point that they lead to relapse to try and alleviate the discomfort.

Medications for opioid use disorder and reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms can block the high you might otherwise experience using the drugs. Medicines don’t cure an opioid use disorder, but they can improve withdrawal safety and the likelihood that you’ll complete a treatment program.

The medications with FDA approval to treat opioid use disorder include:

  • Methadone prevents withdrawal symptoms and cravings but is only available in certain highly regulated clinics.
  • Buprenorphine, known by the brand name Subutex, can partially block the effects of opioids, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Buprenorphine can be combined with naloxone in a brand name called Suboxone, which partially blocks opioid effects, and then because of the naloxone, it prevents abuse or getting high.
  • Sublocade is an extended-release brand name of buprenorphine that’s given once a month as an injection.
  • Naltrexone is an MAT that blocks the euphoric feelings opioids can create. It’s available in pill and injection forms.

Resurge Recovery provides medication-assisted treatment in Ohio as part of our more comprehensive, holistic treatment programs.


Medications for Alcoholism

Alcohol use disorder or alcoholism also has approved medicines that can be used as a treatment aid. The primary MATs for alcohol use disorder are:

  • Disulfiram is a widely used medication to treat alcoholism. It’s ideal for someone who’s completed the detox process and is beginning their recovery. The medication produces uncomfortable side effects if the person taking it drinks even a small amount of alcohol. The side effects can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, and chest pains. The side effects usually start within 10 minutes of having alcohol.
  • Naltrexone is also used for AUDs as well as opioid dependence. Naltrexone can block the euphoria of intoxication so that the person taking it can separate alcohol from pleasant feelings.
  • Acamprosate is a medicine for people undergoing an initial alcohol detox. It is given as a tablet, reducing cravings and improving the chances of continuing with a treatment program.

As with all types of addiction, alcohol use disorder looks different for everyone, and treatment should reflect individual needs.

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Drugs such as prescription opiates, heroin, cocaine, stimulants and alcohol are highly addictive. Not everyone who experiments with these substances become addicted but some people do. Factors such as environmental, genetics, and adverse childhood experiences increase the likelihood of becoming dependent and addicted. 

Medication-assisted treatment should not be used without participation in a rehab program. It’s meant to be combined with behavioral therapies and counseling for a sustained recovery. What is often best for clients is to participate in multiple types of treatment programs. This means they might start with an intensive program on an inpatient basis which allows for complete focus on recovery and removal from triggers and the stress of daily life.

Then, only when ready would the client move into a less intensive program on an outpatient basis. According to research, this is known as a continuum of care, which improves recovery outcomes.

Outpatient rehab can include partial hospitalization programs, nearly as intensive and structured as inpatient and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). There are flexible, traditional outpatient programs that require just a few hours of weekly treatment time.

At Resurge Recovery, we specialize in intensive outpatient programs and medication-assisted treatment. Our intensive outpatient programs follow the disease model for substance use disorders. These programs help clients with relapse prevention and recovery skills. Programs often include family education, and clients meet weekly with clinicians to work through changes in their behaviors and lifestyle that will further help them maintain their recovery. As well as individual therapy sessions, Resurge Recovery also uses group therapy. The groups will meet three times a week, totaling nine hours weekly.

Whether your goal is to connect with a treatment program for yourself or to help a loved one, Resurge Recovery is available. We work with most major insurers, and we can help you get on the path to recovery or continue to strengthen your recovery if you’ve already completed a higher level of care. Contact us to learn more about our medication-assisted treatment in Ohio and our intensive outpatient programs.