About Our MAT Clinics in Ohio
BrightView Health is fighting the opioid epidemic in Ohio by offering people with substance use disorders an alternative to traditional inpatient drug rehab. Medication-assisted treatment is recommended for people with treatment-resistant opioid addiction who are at risk of overdosing. MAT also helps individuals who are undergoing detoxification by easing withdrawal symptoms and reducing the patient’s desire to use opioids.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an opioid use disorder, reach out to BrightView Health today.
How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Work?
When an individual is addicted to a substance, the brain is given a feeling of pleasure that we tend to refer to as a “reward.” Our brains release neurochemicals that provide these rewards all of the time, but addictive drugs like opioids amplify this effect by causing a massive release of such chemicals. When this happens repeatedly, it changes the pathways in the brain and modifies how the brain feels satisfaction. In short, it begins to associate the feeling of reward with the use of the substance to which the individual is addicted.
To battle an opioid use disorder at its core, we must “deprogram” the brain. This is where medication-assisted treatment comes into play. MAT can help by supplementing the neurochemicals that are lacking and thus create a sense of reward or satisfaction that does not involve the dangerous, addictive substance.
The Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment
When MAT is used alongside other treatment modalities – like individual and group therapies, for instance – it can be an extremely effective means of combating substance use disorders. Some of the advantages of this approach include:
- MAT is safe.
- Patients are less likely to overdose.
- Patients tend to say in treatment programs longer.
- In many cases, patients are less likely to relapse.
Addiction is an insidious, isolating, and destructive disease. It turns families against and communities against one another. While you may have attended addiction treatment in the past, our medication-assisted treatment programs are continually evolving based on current research. Our clinical treatment approach to opioid addiction is based on medical research and decades of experience.
Medications Commonly Used in MAT
Suboxone is a medication provided at many of BrightView’s Ohio centers. The two ingredients of Suboxone are buprenorphine and naloxone. They work together to decrease the severity of withdrawal symptoms and reduce the patient’s reliance on more dangerous substances. It works by blocking the “opioid effect” brought on by drugs like fentanyl, heroin, and carfentanil. Our Suboxone treatment programs offer a revolutionary way to treat addiction. Suboxone helps people manage the symptoms of opiate withdrawal, cravings and urges to use opiates.
Vivitrol is an extended-release injection that reduces cravings for opioids and alcohol for up to 30 days at a time. This medication also helps prevent relapse. Extended-release naltrexone lasts longer than other treatment options. Anyone who receives a Vivitrol injection should be stable in recovery. Consuming or using alcohol, opioids, and many over-the-counter medicines within 7 to 14 days of receiving a Vivitrol injection may result in sudden withdrawal symptoms. Patients transitioning from Suboxone or methadone could be vulnerable to some withdrawal symptoms for up to two weeks. Your medical team at one of BrightView’s Vivitrol clinics will be happy to assist in the customization of your treatment plan.
Methadone is only offered at our Mason, Ohio center. It is not offered at any of our other Ohio or Kentucky sites.
Methadone is a liquid prescription medication used to help people avoid symptoms of opioid withdrawal and prevent relapse since the 1950s. By stabilizing dopamine production, Methadone allows the patient to safely withdraw (often called detox) from more dangerous opioids by preventing or managing symptoms.
The stable and controlled nature of BrightView Mason’s Methadone maintenance program allows many people facing addiction or chemical dependency to lead productive lives. A dose taken in the morning lasts between 4 and 8 hours. Methadone is an opioid, not a sedative or intoxicant; it relieves the cravings associated with opioid addiction and withdrawal without causing the person to experience an incapacitating “high.”
This long-acting and controllable way to prevent relapse is not without risks. Since methadone is an opioid, it is extremely habit-forming. An Ohio methadone clinic is only recommended for people with life-threatening, treatment-resistant opioid addictions.
The Rest of Your Life Starts with a Phone Call
At BrightView, we offer the guidance, strategies, and network people need while they are overcoming addiction. Our approaches to addiction treatment are research-based, community-centered, and mindful. If you would like to learn more about any of our Ohio MAT clinics, feel free to reach out to us by calling 1-833-510-HELP.