Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist

MFI Recovery Center

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment & Mental Health Services located in Riverside, San Jacinto, Banning, Murrieta, Hemet, and San Bernardino, CA

Studies have shown that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder can significantly increase your chances of long-term recovery from addiction. MAT services, in combination with counseling, help ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. The experienced providers at MFI Recovery Center in Riverside, California, offer MAT services as part of both residential and outpatient treatment programs. To schedule a consultation for medication-assisted treatment, call the office or make an appointment online today.

Medical Assisted Treatment Q & A

What is medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of medications combined with counseling services to address substance use disorders. MAT services offer a whole-patient approach that research shows to be effective for long-term recovery.

The experienced providers at MFI Recovery Center design personalized treatment plans using FDA-approved medications to help patients who struggle with addiction to alcohol, opioids, and other substances. 

The medical team begins with a comprehensive health assessment and then works with the counseling team and your personal case manager to develop a custom treatment plan to support you on the road to recovery.

How do addiction medications work? 

Addiction medications can reduce withdrawal symptoms and help prevent relapse. The most common medications used to address substance use disorders include:

Suboxone®

Suboxone is taken orally and contains two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is similar to opioids, but doesn’t cause a state of euphoria, or “high.” It prevents severe withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone blocks opioid receptors so you can’t get high from heroin or prescription opioids, which helps prevent relapse.

VIVITROL®

VIVITROL is an extended-release form of the medication naltrexone administered as an injection. Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors to prevent you from getting high if you take opioids. After your initial detox period, your provider may recommend monthly VIVITROL injections to help prevent relapse.

Subutex®

Subutex is a sublingual form of buprenorphine. It lessens the severity of withdrawal symptoms to assist you during your initial detox period.

Medications such as naltrexone and acamprosate can also help ease withdrawal and prevent relapse during alcohol addiction recovery.

Can MAT services help me if I’m pregnant?

MAT services are safe and effective even while you’re pregnant. They give both you and your baby the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. 

The compassionate team at MFI Recovery Center works to empower pregnant women throughout their recovery and delivery. Parent coaching and other resources are available to help you gain confidence in yourself as a mother and an individual.

If you’re struggling with addiction, don’t wait to get help. Schedule an appointment at MFI Recovery Center to learn more about medication-assisted treatment and long-term recovery programs. Call today or request an appointment online.