MAT in New Jersey
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Relevance Recovery believes there are multiple paths that lead to lasting recovery from addiction.
Recovery isn’t easy. Particularly from opioids.
Once addiction sinks its teeth into you, it’s unrelenting. No matter how it starts, whether through experimentation or a prescription giving way to dependency as is often the case, the slip into an opioid use disorder (OUD) seems to happen in the blink of an eye.
Your body and mind conspiring against you, craving increasingly larger doses of the drugs and unleashing debilitating withdrawal symptoms in their absence.
It’s part of the reason that the statistics related to the epidemic are so earth-shatteringly grim and almost hard to believe:
- 49,860 people died from an opioid overdose 2019
- 2 out of 3 overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid
- Nearly 841,000 people have died from a drug overdose since 1999
- 10.1 million people misused prescription opioids in the past year
- 1.6 million people had an opioid use disorder in the past year
- Overdose deaths involving opioids have increased over 6 times since 1999
This dire situation with deaths from drug overdoses, specifically those related to opioids, is why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finally declared it a public health emergency back in 2017.
There’s a clear and unmistakable difficulty in quitting these highly addictive drugs and that’s where medication-assisted recovery comes in.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as it’s often referred to is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as “the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.”
This whole patient outlook is of course right in line with our holistic approach to treatment at Relevance Recovery.
New Jersey's Best Medication Assisted Therapy
Major advances in medication over the last 10 years has created unique opportunities for those suffering from drug & alcohol addiction. Relevance Recovery utilizes Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT) in New Jersey as a tool for clients who meet the criteria for the program. When entering our Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT) program you can expect:
Why is Medication-Assisted Treatment Needed?
A medication-assisted treatment program can be an invaluable lifeline for those struggling with the overwhelming pull of opioids. That’s because the way these drugs actually work is what makes them so addictive in the first place. Given that, it’s instructive here to take a moment and truly understand the nature of opioids and what makes them so powerful; be they illicit like heroin, a prescription for Vicodin, or the even stronger synthetic opioid, fentanyl.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes their effect on the brain as such; “opioids bind to and activate opioid receptors on cells located in many areas of the brain, spinal cord, and other organs in the body, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. When opioids attach to these receptors, they block pain signals sent from the brain to the body and release large amounts of dopamine throughout the body. This release can strongly reinforce the act of taking the drug, making the user want to repeat the experience”.
It’s these “euphoric effects”, as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) put it, that can lead people to misuse opioids or even the reason they start using them in the first place.
That’s one part of the equation, the other part is what happens when a person stops using. The withdrawal.
Withdrawal from opioids is not pleasant, to say the least, with symptoms including fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, insomnia and more. In some instances, when opioid addiction is on the more severe side and cessation is abrupt, withdrawal can even be life-threatening.
A medication-assisted opioid treatment program uses specially approved medications to counteract the effects of opioids and help control the intense cravings that quitting initially brings. These FDA approved products are:
All of the above are one of three types of medication: buprenorphine, methadone or naltrexone. Each one serving a different purpose which SAMHSA sums up quite nicely:
Buprenorphine – suppresses and reduces cravings for opioids.
Methadone – reduces opioid cravings and withdrawal and blunts or blocks the effects of opioids.
Naltrexone – blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of opioids and prevents feelings of euphoria.
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Medical Marijuana Assisted Recovery
As science and technology continue to evolve we discover different ways to treat substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders. There is no doubt that opioid addiction is one of the most difficult disorders to overcome. That is why there is much focus on developing medications to assist individuals on their journey to recovery. There has been one problem with many of these medications (Such as suboxone, subutex, and methadone), that is most of them have a high rate of dependency and a lot of clients admit to abusing or misusing these medications. At Relevance we have also discovered that many patients are allergic to these medications thus leaving them without any options. This is especially concerning for those that have chronic pain conditions and other health issues that may require some type of pain relief.
These are huge barriers for someone attempting to recover from opioid addiction. Cannabis was identified as an approved medication assisted therapy for OUD in the state of NJ. The use of cannabis has many medical benefits for certain clients that have chronic relapse conditions with failed attempts of other medications. Cannabis is much less of a risk for dependency, while also providing pain relief and other symptom suppression qualities.
We at Relevance make you relevant and do not disregard any path to recovery.
An 8-week curriculum will be utilized, allowing the clients to learn a wide variety of skills through the use of varying therapeutic modalities. Clients must qualify for this program.
What to Expect from Medication-Assisted
Opioid Treatment Program
Upon arrival, you’ll meet our team of addiction specialists – medical doctors, licensed clinicians and counselors – who will evaluate you and determine the best course of action for overcoming your addiction.
That includes establishing which medications would be most beneficial in your recovery and putting together a customized treatment plan. It’s important to remember that the operative word with respect to medication-assisted treatment is assisted. The meds are incorporated to complement and enhance the effectiveness of the robust rehab programs we design for you.
They make it so you can genuinely focus on recovery without the sedative effects of opioids, the addictive euphoria or the cravings. The idea ultimately is to cut back safely and slowly on these assistive medications as well.
At Relevance Recovery, we treat you in your entirety. That means comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which is integrated with alternative treatment options like yoga, fitness, equine therapy, biosound therapy and more. All of that together serving to create a truly holistic recovery.
While opioids are the main addiction that therapy of the MAT variety is meant for, it can be beneficial for another very commonly abused substance, alcohol. The drugs used for this are acamprosate, disulfiram and naltrexone.
Notably, you must qualify for this program and for those that do, an 8-week curriculum will be utilized, allowing you to learn a wide variety of skills using the various therapeutic modalities mentioned and medication to help you achieve your recovery goals.
Medical Marijuana Assisted Recovery
As science and technology continue to evolve, we discover different ways to treat substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders. There’s no doubt that opioid addiction is one of the most difficult disorders to overcome which is why so much focus is put on developing medications to assist individuals who are on that particular journey to recovery.
That said, there’s been one major problem with many of these medications, such as Suboxone, Subutex, and methadone, which is that some of them can create dependency in their own right – a lot of clients admit to abusing or misusing these medications.
At Relevance, we’ve also discovered that some patients are allergic to these medications together thus eliminating a potentially life-changing option. This is especially concerning for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions and other health issues that may require and benefit from some type of added relief.
For someone attempting to recover from opioid addiction, these are huge barriers in an already difficult situation. To that end, cannabis was identified as an approved medication-assisted therapy for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the state of New Jersey. The use of medical marijuana has shown to be extremely helpful for certain clients who’ve found themselves chronically relapsing after failed attempts with other medications.
Moreover, marijuana carries much less of a risk for dependency while also providing pain relief and other symptom-suppression qualities.
At Relevance Recovery, our commitment is getting you better and back in control of your life; in that mission, we don’t disregard any potential path to recovery.
Completely Heal at Our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
Achieving lasting sobriety and living the meaningful, healthy life you deserve is within your reach and medication-assisted treatment very well could be what works best for you.
Give us a call at Relevance Recovery today to learn more.
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