Addiction can happen overnight, but the road to recovery doesn’t have a quick fix — it takes time and support. We don’t just give our patients a pill and send them on their way. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
What does a whole-patient approach look like?
This whole-patient approach increases success because there is support at every step along the way. A treatment plan will look different based on every patient and their needs, but it could include working with their primary care doctor to ensure other health needs are being addressed, working on treatment goals such as how to avoid triggers, and working with family members to create a support system at home.
The whole-patient approach increases recovery retention.
This part of the program is essential to success. The goal of Medication-Assisted Treatment is full recovery and the ability to live a self-directed life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a whole-patient approach has been shown to increase retention in treatment and improve patient survival. With the proper support network, patients are able to see their “why” in their treatment program and use that as motivation to follow their plan.
This process is collaborative.
Our recovery program is out-patient and voluntary. We want to help our patients find the process and methods that work for their individualized journey. We are here to help patients find success on their road to recovery.