“Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders(OUD) and can help some people to sustain recovery.”
Refugio House accepts clients on Medication Assisted Treatment(MAT) taking Suboxone, Vivitrol, naltrexone, baclofen, Antabuse, and other medications for Opioid Use Disorder(OUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder(AUD) prescribed by a physician. We keep controlled substances in a locked safe and directly monitor and electronically document the client taking these meds. At present we do not accept clients taking Methadone.
“More must be done to facilitate treatment options and the development of therapies to address OUD as a chronic disease with long-lasting effects. This means helping more people secure MAT, which requires us to break the stigma often associated with some of the medications used to treat OUD. It also requires us to find new and more effective ways to advance the use of medical therapy for the treatment of OUD.”
“There are three drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependence: buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. All three of these treatments have been demonstrated to be safe and effective in combination with counseling and psychosocial support. Everyone who seeks treatment for an OUD should be offered access to all three options as this allows providers to work with patients to select the treatment best suited to an individual’s needs. Due to the chronic nature of OUD, the need for continuing MAT should be re‐evaluated periodically. There is no maximum recommended duration of maintenance treatment, and for some patients, treatment may continue indefinitely.”