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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Programs Massachusetts

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a comprehensive approach to treating substance use disorders, primarily opioid addiction and alcohol use disorder. This program integrates the use of FDA-approved medications, such as buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone, in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a well-rounded treatment approach.

At our treatment center, we provide a medication-assisted treatment program for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder and alcohol addiction to help manage withdrawal symptoms and help keep patients stable throughout the detox process.

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Understanding the Need For Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Substances such as opioids and alcohol produce euphoric effects by interacting with the brain’s reward system. This system is wired to repeat activities that cause pleasure and satisfaction, a fundamental aspect of human survival. However, substances can hijack this system, causing a release of neurotransmitters like dopamine in an unnatural, rapid manner.

This flood of dopamine, beyond the natural level, results in the intense feelings of euphoria associated with substance use. Over time, an individual’s brain chemistry adapts and starts relying on the substance to stimulate dopamine production, leading to cravings and compulsive use.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) works by occupying these same receptors, thus reducing the euphoric effect, lessening cravings, and helping to normalize body functions, making it easier to achieve recovery and avoid relapse.

What Substance Use Disorders Do MAT Programs Massachusetts Treat?

MAT programs in Massachusetts primarily focus on treating opioid addiction and alcohol use disorder. This includes addictions to prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin, as well as illicit opioids like heroin. MAT programs also address alcohol addiction, which is a common co-occurring disorder with opioid use disorder. MAT programs may also be used for the treatment of other substance use disorders, such as stimulant addiction, but this varies by program and individual needs.

Types of Medications Used in MAT Programs

There are several different medications approved by the FDA that can be used in medication-assisted treatment programs in Massachusetts. These include Suboxone, methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. These medications work to reduce psychological cravings that come from the euphoric effects of substance addiction and any withdrawal symptoms an individual might face.

This can make it easier for patients to focus on their recovery, especially when used in combination with behavioral therapies to address the psychological aspects of substance use disorder.

For individuals with substance use disorders, our MAT program can provide a safe way to treat OUD. With continued care, including individual counseling and group therapy, MAT can help individuals in their journey toward sobriety and can make it easier to sustain recovery long-term.


What To Expect in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program in Massachusets?

When entering a medication-assisted treatment program in Massachusetts, individuals can expect to undergo a thorough assessment to determine the best course of treatment for their specific needs. This may include physical and psychological evaluations, as well as discussions about any co-occurring disorders and previous treatment experiences.

Once a treatment plan is developed, individuals will begin receiving medications under close medical supervision. These medications may be administered in various forms, such as pills, injections, or patches.

In addition to medication management, individuals will also participate in counseling and behavioral therapies to address the underlying cause of substance use disorders and learn coping skills for maintaining sobriety. This may include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), group therapy, family therapy, and holistic approaches such as acupuncture and massage.

Who Qualifies For a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program in Massachusetts?

To qualify for a medication-assisted treatment program in Massachusetts, individuals must be struggling with substance abuse, such as attempting to overcome opioid or alcohol abuse and be seeking help for their substance use. They may also need to meet certain eligibility criteria set by the specific treatment center, such as age requirements or medical history.

Common factors that make an individual more likely to qualify for an MAT program include:

  • A history of relapse
  • A long-standing substance use disorder
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety
  • A history of failed attempts at other forms of addiction treatment

An MAT program is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the individual’s specific needs and preferences. Our program in Massachusetts is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care for each patient, helping them on their journey to recovery. We provide counseling, aftercare services, mental health services, and 12-step facilitation to help individuals have the best chance for long-term recovery from substance use disorders.

Can Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Help with Withdrawal Symptoms from Opioid Use Disorder?

Opioid use disorders can cause a range of withdrawal symptoms in individuals who are attempting to stop their drug addiction. Opioid treatment programs can successfully treat substance abuse by helping ease the withdrawal symptoms and make the process less painful and more manageable.

Withdrawal symptoms may include physical effects such as nausea, vomiting, and body aches, as well as psychological effects like anxiety and depression. In some cases, more severe symptoms can occur, such as seizures or hallucinations. MAT programs help to mitigate these symptoms and support individuals through the detox process.

We believe that medication-assisted treatment is an effective treatment option for addressing substance use disorders and providing a path toward long-term recovery. Our program combines FDA-approved medications with evidence-based therapies to provide comprehensive care for our patients.

How Much Does Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) For Substance Use Disorders in Massachusetts Cost?

The cost of medication-assisted treatment programs in Massachusetts can vary depending on the specific program and individual needs. Factors that may affect the cost include the type of medication used, length of treatment, and any additional services or therapies provided.

Some individuals may be eligible for financial assistance through government-funded programs or private insurance coverage. It is important to discuss payment options with the treatment center and review any potential coverage options.

Our treatment center is committed to providing quality care and accepts most health insurance providers. Get in touch if you need help navigating your coverage or if you don’t have insurance so we can help you explore alternative financial options.

Get Help For Substance Abuse in Massachusetts with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

For individuals struggling with substance use disorders, our medication-assisted treatment programs can make it easier, safer, and more comfortable to achieve sobriety and prevent relapse.

We provide inpatient care for patients who need more intense treatment, continued outpatient care, and additional resources that can make it easier for individuals to maintain recovery long-term. Our compassionate team is dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey toward a healthier and addiction-free life.

If you are considering an MAT program, contact us via our online form or call us at (877) 592-2102 to discuss the best treatment option to help you recover from alcohol or drug dependency.

Recovering from alcohol abuse or quitting opioids can be challenging, but with the right support, recovery is possible. We provide a combination of prescribed drugs, such as naltrexone and methadone, to patients in our MAT program to help with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Combined with evidence-based treatment and a relapse risk prevention plan, our drug and alcohol addiction program can help individuals move forward with a drug-free life.


Valerie Tecci, Program Director

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