We combat the disease of addiction with medication-assisted treatment as part of a comprehensive treatment approach.
The FDA defines medication-assisted treatment or MAT as the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help some people to sustain recovery.
Beyond opioid addiction, MAT can also be effective during addiction treatment for other forms of drug or alcohol addiction. We treat addiction with FDA-approved medicines (like buprenorphine) to help you focus on your recovery. We also prescribe medicines such as naltrexone (Vivitrol), a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (suboxone), but do not prescribe methadone at any of our clinics at this time.
Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatments
When you start a BrightView program, you will be prescribed medication to ease withdrawal symptoms. These medications work with the dopamine receptors in your brain just like opioids do, but they don’t make you feel any of the narcotic effects. This way, they allow us to ease your symptoms and keep you as comfortable as possible throughout your withdrawal from opioid dependence.
You will still have a physical dependence to the buprenorphine, but you won’t have the cravings or compulsions you did with opioids. It’s important to understand that addiction is a brain disease that negatively affects your behavior. Dependence is a medically treatable physical condition you can recover from. So, you’re not trading one substance abuse addiction for another.
Our goal at BrightView is to provide drug abuse treatment options that will help you achieve long-term recovery. In addition to addiction medicine, your treatment plan will focus on your overall mental health. We incorporate both individual and group therapy in our treatment services so that you can address the challenges that come along with the disease of addiction.
Successful buprenorphine treatment eases the effects of opioid abuse including:
Excessive Substance Use
And All Of The Other Symptoms Of Addiction
Research shows that when combined with counseling and therapies, MAT can successfully treat substance abuse disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes that medication-assisted treatment can also help sustain recovery. MAT is proven to not only be clinically effective but has also been shown to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for individuals addicted to opioids in prescription pain medication or heroin use. Substance abuse treatment providers that use MAT must also include behavioral therapies and counseling into their treatment programs.
Long-term recovery helps reduce the chances of contracting diseases related to intravenous drug use like Hepatitis C and HIV. This is just one of the reasons we incorporate MAT into our treatment approach. We believe all of our patients are capable of beating the disease of drug addiction and our program is designed for long-term success.
Questions About Treatment Medications
If you have more specific questions about the medications used in our treatment programs, like buprenorphine, find the answers in our FAQs.
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BrightView by the Numbers
For patients in withdrawal, our average time to appropriate Medication Assisted Treatment (usually buprenorphine) and completion of the first counseling session is less than 4 hours from walking in the door.
If someone wants help for SUD, we will treat them at BrightView. We don’t turn anyone away and we take more insurances than any other SUD provider in the state, including Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans.
Over 90% of BrightView’s clinical staff, including counselors, social workers and licensed chemical dependency professionals, have master’s degrees.