What Is MAT Drug Rehab?
The acronym “MAT” stands for Medication Assisted Treatment. It is a medical drug and alcohol detox program in which addiction is treated with the dosage being gradually tapered off, allowing your body and brain time to readjust as you remove the drugs from your system. During MAT drug rehab, FDA-approved, prescription doses of medications are given to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms like pain, aches, nausea, restlessness, and drug cravings.
At WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, we believe that there is no need for our patients to suffer during detox, so our board-certified doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and counselors will be there for you every step of the way. You will have 24-hour oversight to ensure you remain safe and make sure the medications are doing their job in keeping you comfortable and safe. Our staff will ensure your dignity, emotional well-being, and psychological health are looked after as well as your physical addiction.
Benefits of MAT Drug Rehab
Before entering a MAT drug rehab program, detoxing from drugs and alcohol will provide you with the best chance of long-term recovery. It will provide a clear head, stabilize your physical health, and give you the psychological capability to look ahead toward your future, rather than remaining fixated on when you can next drink or use drugs or need to deal with cravings.
MAT drug rehab is beneficial to our clients because it:
- Improves survival rates
- Increases treatment retention
- Decreases overall criminal activity and illegal drug use
- Increases patients’ ability to get and maintain a job
- Improves birth outcomes for pregnant individuals with an addiction
- Lowers patients’ risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis C
- Reduces the risk of relapsing
Medications Used in MAT Drug Rehab
Medications provided for drug detox vary depending on what you are detoxing from. They help stop drug cravings and deal with withdrawal symptoms like pain, restlessness, and anxiety. For alcohol, some of the common medications used include acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. For benzodiazepines, it is sometimes necessary to provide a short-term prescription to less-addictive benzo to lessen the withdrawal effects as you detox.
All opioids require a tapering-off period for detox to be effective. In the WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab’s Gainesville drug detox program, you will be provided with a ‘substitute treatment,’ using specific medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone that will lessen your cravings without creating a new addiction. Your program will be customized to best help you with your particular addiction. When you speak with our expert health care practitioners, they will let you know exactly what to expect as you detox.
MAT for Alcohol Rehab
Stopping alcohol use is a process that must be overseen by medical professionals, as the withdrawal symptoms can quickly escalate out of control if left untreated, causing delirium tremens, which may include seizures, hallucinations, extreme agitation, high fever, and even death.
Our MAT alcohol rehab program at WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab will ensure you remain safe and comfortable as the alcohol leaves your system. We can provide medications to help you rest, eliminate pain and ensure seizures do not occur. We will also keep you hydrated, provide healthy food, and monitor your progress 24 hours daily as you rest and recover from alcohol addiction.
Medication-Assisted Treatment at WhiteSands
MAT drug rehab at WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab is a whole-patient approach, which combines medical treatment, psychiatric care, and counseling. Drug detox does not have to be scary. Through our integrated MAT program for Gainesville residents, you will receive counseling and therapy in combination with dual diagnosis treatment if needed to ensure all unwanted emotions, thoughts, and fears are dealt with. At WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, we treat the physical aspects of addiction and the behavioral, social, and psychological elements. Contact us today to learn more about MAT rehab and drug detox.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.