Effective Treatment Plans for Opioid Use Disorder – Nov. 16, 2020

At One Community Health, we understand that withdrawal from opioids is overwhelming. If you are looking for a clinic in Sacramento that offers opioid use disorder treatment, we are here for you. We offer what is known as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) along with counseling to help you overcome your addiction. 

What is Opioid Use Disorder?

Opioid Use Disorder is a chronic disease of the brain, characterized by an inability to keep yourself from using opioids. It causes behaviors that disrupt relationships and daily life. Opioid use disorder is a condition that is diagnosed by a medical professional. 

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

MAT uses a combination of medications to help relieve cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal that occur when you stop using opioids. Because opioid use disorder affects the brain, MAT can help to heal your brain, (along with therapy). And for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. The medications your doctor may prescribe include:

  • Methadone 
  • Buprenorphine 
  • Naltrexone

An individually-tailored combination of these medications help you become sober more effectively than other treatment programs, by reducing the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal and by reducing your cravings. The primary goal of MAT is to remove the stressors of withdrawal so that you can focus on your therapy—this gives you a higher likelihood of finishing your treatment program and staying sober long-term. 

Does MAT Work? 

Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat opioid use disorder, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. Medication-Assisted Therapy is evidence-based, which means, unlike other conventional treatment programs, it has been researched and backed by science and is shown to be clinically effective. It is an individualized program with the goals of full recovery and the ability to live autonomously. Not only does MAT help you to become sober, research has also shown that this treatment approach has the potential to:

  • Improve your chances of survival 
  • Significantly reduce the need for inpatient detox 
  • Increase your likelihood of sticking with treatment
  • Decrease criminal activity associated with substance use disorders
  • Increase your employability 
  • Improve birth outcomes among pregnant women with substance use disorders 
  • Indirectly lower your risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C due to lowering the potential of relapse

Substance Abuse Help in Sacramento

We understand what you’re going through. We don’t judge you. Instead, we will welcome you and support you—it’s what we do. We will set you up with one of our compassionate counselors and provide you with the emotional and behavioral support you need, in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment. Call us at 916-443-3299 to learn more about our opioid use disorder treatment services at One Community Health

 

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