Why Olympia Utilizes Medication-Assisted Treatment
The key to a lasting recovery from addiction is a treatment that works. At Olympia House, we are proud to say our evidence-based approach informs our commitment to compassionate care and successful recovery. As part of this tradition, we believe in the power of medication-assisted treatment to help you move past your addiction.
Historically, the medication-assisted treatment approach, or MAT for short, often contended with the abstinence approach. The drugs used in medication-assisted treatment, such as suboxone and buprenorphine, actually work to counteract the effects of drugs that cause addiction.
It’s important our clients feel inspired and healthy when doing the important work of their recovery. We understand that the symptoms of withdrawal are a sizeable concern for our clientele. Using MAT to treat these symptoms helps to ensure that our addiction treatment center provides a truly integrative and comprehensive process.
Suboxone for Opiate addiction
How suboxone works
Suboxone is comprised of two different chemicals, buprenorphine, and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, which means that it only “half” stimulates the opiate receptor. This means that the medication has a ceiling effect protecting against possible side effects of addiction or overdose. This makes suboxone one of the safest drugs to use for the treatment of opiate addiction and was approved as such by the Drug Treatment Act in 2000. In addition, the Naloxone in the composition of suboxone prevents anybody on the suboxone medication from feeling high due to the abuse of the medication. This combination of minimizing the effects of other drugs while not being addictive itself makes suboxone a certifiable treatment for addiction.
Benzodiazepines and naltrexone for alcohol addiction
When getting treatment for alcohol withdrawal, our clients can be assured they are in caring and competent hands. We believe the research is clear that benzodiazepines and naltrexone are both excellent drugs that will help your recovery go smoothly.
What are benzodiazepines?
Due to their overall safety and effectiveness, benzodiazepines are a staple treatment in relieving or treating the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines work by dampening the central nervous system. They do this by amplifying the effects of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that calms things down. This ensures that many worrisome symptoms associated with treating alcoholism are greatly reduced.
What is naltrexone?
Naltrexone is a useful drug in the treatment of both opioid addiction and alcohol abuse. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist. It binds to opioid receptors but does not activate them. This lack of activation means there is no high associated with the drugs.
However, because naltrexone is what is called a competitive antagonist, it binds to more receptors than competing drugs. Thus, if a substance were to enter the body of a user, naltrexone would make the effects less powerful by making significantly fewer areas for that substance to bind to neurons and cause the “high” effects.
Naltrexone works to treat alcohol and opioid addiction because both of these addictions and their related withdrawal symptoms are based on over-activation of opioid receptors in the brain. However, it is mainly used at Olympia House to treat opioid addiction.
What is NARCAN?
Similar to naltrexone, NARCAN—also known as naloxone—is an opiate antagonist. This means that it blocks the opioid receptors in the brain that drugs like heroin require access to in order to create their high. NARCAN is administered nasally when an overdose occurs and rapid reversal is necessary.
Olympia house knows that treatment is possible that blends the effectiveness of evidence-based treatment with the compassionate care of a holistic perspective. We provide medication-assisted treatment for your recovery as part of this commitment. Get help that works. Call Olympia House at (888) 795-1965.