Cornerstone of Recovery and M.A.T.: What we do and why we do it

Cornerstone of Recovery and M.A.T.

When it comes to Cornerstone of Recovery and M.A.T. (Medication Assisted Treatment), our clinicians, therapists, administrators and medical staff members are on the same page: There are no wrong doors when it comes to treating those who suffer from the disease of addiction, particularly those who are addicted to opioids. According to the Provisional Overdose…

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Medication Assisted Treatment: The complications and risks of polysubstance abuse

M.A.T. and polysubstance abuse

One of the concerns of Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T.) and polysubstance abuse is that while M.A.T. has some efficacy for those addicted to opioids, many individuals  are addicted to or use additional substances that are not addressed by  the medications utilized under the M.A.T. umbrella. Polysubstance dependence, according to the book Modern Medical Toxicology [1],…

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Medication Assisted Treatment: Naltrexone — history, overview, pros and cons

Naltrexone

What Is Naltrexone? According to the pharmaceutical encyclopedia Drugs.com [1], naltrexone “blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse.” It’s often part of a Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T.) program for opioid (and to a lesser extent, alcohol) dependence and “is used to prevent relapse…

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Medication Assisted Treatment: Buprenorphine — history, overview, pros and cons

buprenorphine

What Is Buprenorphine? According to the pharmaceutical encyclopedia Drugs.com [1], buprenorphine is “an opioid medication” that is “used to treat opioid addiction (either prescription or illegal drugs), as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.” It is also “used to treat moderate to severe pain.” Brand names: Buprenorphine —…

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What is Medication Assisted Treatment? An overview of a complex recovery tool

what is medication assisted treatment?

What is Medication Assisted Treatment? Simply put, Medication Assisted Treatment — or M.A.T. — “combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [1]. In the drug and alcohol treatment field, M.A.T. has emerged as an alternative to abstinence-based treatment, to the point that…

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Medication Assisted Treatment: Methadone — history, overview, pros and cons

methadone

What Is Methadone? According to the pharmaceutical encyclopedia Drugs.com [1], methadone is “an opioid medication” that “reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the ‘high’ associated with the drug addiction.” It is also “used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs.”…

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