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Florida Medication Assisted Treatment

MAT Care for Opioids & Alcohol

Our Florida Medication Assisted Treatment option is designed for adult patients who chronically relapse. In fact, it’s one the best therapies for those experiencing severe opioid addiction, especially those with prior overdose events. With the use of harm reduction medicines, our patients normalize their lives without distraction of cravings and withdrawals. Most importantly, MAT programs have become the most effective and life-altering forms of addiction treatment in decades. 

Intended specifically for the treatment of specific substances, MAT includes both medications and behavioral therapies that are expected to:

  • Focus patients on their recovery without withdrawal symptoms
  • Aid clients in integrating strategies and skills
  • Normalize daily life
  • Dramatically, decrease the risk of relapse
  • Provide harm reduction


When is MAT Appropriate?

Medication assisted treatment is used primarily for those with opioid addiction. At the same time, some medications like Naltrexone can be helpful for those with chronic alcoholism. Deciding if Florida medication assisted treatment is a good treatment option for you requires a complete medical evaluation and review of your drug history, medical health, and other concerns. Largely, patients with chronic alcohol and opioid use disorder benefit the most from this harm reduction treatment.

It’s important to state that patients don’t require one approach for a long-term recovery to be achieved. Some patients begin with Florida medication assisted treatment when they first begin rehab and, over time, find they can reduce or eliminate the need for addiction medicine to assist their recovery. At Celadon Recovery, we help patients struggling with drug and alcohol use disorders with Florida MAT. At the same time, we individualize MAT to best serve each patient’s specific needs. There is no one-size-that-fits-all and medically assisted treatment is not right for everyone just because the have opioid use disorder. Our medical team will appraise your drug use history, physical condition, and other factors before utilizing Buprenorphine. naltrexone, or other addiction medicines.

Florida medication assisted treatment

Medically Assisted Treatment in Fort Myers

Florida Medication Assisted Treatment

Most people cannot and shouldn’t stop taking some substances abruptly without medical supervision. This is done for safety to help patients avoid medical problems like seizures from withdrawal threats. This is where Florida medication assisted can make a real difference in opioid and alcohol recovery. At our Fort Myers recovery campus, patients must be experiencing mild to minor withdrawal symptoms to receive (mostly) buprenorphine products like Suboxone. At this point, opioids have begun to leave the brain’s receptors.

When this occurs, the patient’s withdrawal indications begin and now, the medication replaces the binding to opioid receptors and the patient experiences quick relief of painful symptoms. With everyday maintenance, buprenorphine keeps the brain’s receptors engaged. At the same time, patients begin behavioral therapy to change their thoughts and activities. Overall, medication assisted treatment in Florida can increase first year recovery rates by over 50%. Our Fort Myers MAT program is offered at every level including detox, residential, outpatient programs to effectively assist patients achieve and maintain recovery.

Popular MAT Medications Approved by FDA

  • Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone): developed in 1978, Suboxone is a sublingual film that is utilized to primary opioid addiction treatment used in combination with talk therapy throughout a continuum of inpatient, outpatient, and continuing care.
  • Subutex® (buprenorphine): a sublingual pill for treatment of opioid addiction but does NOT contain naloxone and re-invented from original form out of safety concerns.
  • Zubsolv® (buprenorphine and naloxone): a sublingual tablet for opioid addiction treatment.
  • Sublocade® (buprenorphine once-a-month injectable): time-release injection administered in inpatient or outpatient settings by nurse.
  • Vivitrol® (naltrexone): an extended-release injectable suspension, it is usually used for patients with chronic alcohol addiction.
  • Methadone: generally offered in pill and wafer forms, it reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. However, methadone is a full opioid agonist and not typically used in rehab settings nowadays.

Suboxone Treatment Was Created for Long-Term Use

Although Suboxone can be (and is used for detox), that is not it’s initial design. In fact, Suboxone is best used as a long-term treatment for opioid addiction treatment. While Methadone might have been the initial standard for opioid substitution therapy for more than 30 years, Suboxone has gained significant momentum in today’s world of Florida addiction treatment. The primary reason being, it is a partial-opioid agonist, rather than a full-opioid agonist like methadone.

In fact, Methadone is simply a synthetic pain reliever invented by Germans during WWII as a replacement for dwindling supplies of morphine during the world conflict. Methadone also lacks life-saving naloxone which combats overdose and prevents opioid users from getting “high” during it’s continued use. As a result, Suboxone treatment has grown exponentially with clinics everywhere in U.S. that outnumber Methadone greatly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an example of medication assisted treatment?

Whether it’s Methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone, all have been impactful in reducing opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine and methadone work by dipping cravings and preventing withdrawal. Naltrexone (or Vivitrol) works by obstructing the effects of opioids in the body.

How does the MAT program work?

Medical professionals and Florida rehabs like Celadon provide partial agonist drugs like buprenorphine and Suboxone on a consistent basis until their patients’ withdrawal symptoms are diminished to a manageable level.

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