MAT Addiction Treatment for Residents of Huntington Beach

When a person becomes addicted to powerful drugs like opioids, they can find it impossible to stop using. In fact, they may not even be able to imagine that stopping the abuse of these drugs is even plausible given their circumstances. Certainly, people can feel overwhelmed when they’re in the throes of an addiction. However, it’s important to remember that addiction changes the brain’s chemistry and causes people to experience overwhelming dependence on the addictive substance in question. This overwhelming dependence can be overcome with addiction treatment. 

Today’s rehabs have a wide range of treatment options designed to help their clients overcome their dependence. Each person is different and some people respond better to certain treatments than others. Many addiction treatment centers offer medically assisted treatment (MAT) to help clients effectively manage their cravings and withdrawal symptoms. When featured in conjunction with other treatments, MAT has proven to be extremely helpful for many people struggling with addiction. 

Muse offers residents of Huntington Beach, CA, MAT as part of our rehab offerings. MAT isn’t a cure for addiction, but it can help clients feel more comfortable so that they can focus better on other forms of therapy. MAT can reduce the cravings and even eliminate the withdrawal symptoms they experience, especially during the early stages of recovery and treatment. If you live in Huntington Beach and are living with an addiction, MAT might be the ideal solution for you. You can visit our rehab in Los Angeles and we’ll provide you with an evaluation of your condition. Typically, we can begin MAT when you enroll or it may be an option later if you find you need it. 

Muse offers medically assisted treatment as part of our overall rehab treatment offerings. Many people have heard of drugs like methadone which is a drug that can ‘replace’ heroin, helping clients slowly manage their addiction. However, methadone is also a full agonist opioid, which means that even though it’s much less addictive and dangerous than heroin, it can still be dangerous. In fact, about 5,000 people each year die because of a methadone overdose.

MAT must be overseen by addiction specialists to ensure that clients are progressing as they should using these drug treatments. Fortunately, the scientific community has developed new drugs to treat opioid and other forms of addiction that are less dangerous than methadone. At Muse, for instance, we feature suboxone as one of our MAT drugs used to treat opioid addiction. 

In the past, some experts have criticized the use of drugs to treat drug addiction. The concern is that clients may continue to remain too reliant on drugs. However, the evidence shows that gradually moving from a highly addictive drug to a less dangerous one that reduces their cravings and withdrawal symptoms has a positive effect on recovery and is associated with reduced incidence of relapse. 


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What is MAT?

Medically assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of drugs to treat drug addiction. Researchers have developed drugs like suboxone to literally ‘replace’ the substance that a person is addicted to. Although these drugs do not promote a ‘high,’ they satisfy the brain and body’s need for the drug they’ve been dependent on; in this case, it’s heroin. The drug targets the brain’s opioid receptors so that they don’t trigger withdrawal symptoms or powerful cravings to use heroin.

As one may imagine, this is extremely helpful for clients who are plagued by their cravings. Experiencing cravings and long-term withdrawal symptoms can leave clients more vulnerable to relapse. When they feel more comfortable, they are better able to focus on their therapy sessions and other recovery goals. MAT does not replace other forms of addiction therapy, but it can complement them. Moreover, some people can rely on MAT for a long period of time. This can help them maintain their recovery journey. 

What to Expect During MAT?

When you enroll for addiction treatment at Muse, we carefully assess your condition in order to recommend the ideal treatments for you. MAT is one of the treatment offerings that we may recommend if you’re struggling with opioid addiction. Some people prefer not to begin with MAT and may never opt for it. Others, however, may choose this form of therapy right from the start. 

Many types of medically assisted treatments can be prescribed for clients on an outpatient basis. We have both residential and outpatient clients who participate in MAT. When you visit us, we can discuss the different types of drug treatments available. Suboxone is often prescribed for people with opioid addiction, but other drugs may be used to help clients who are suffering from other forms of addiction. The goal of MAT is to make clients feel more comfortable, less inclined to relapse, and more focused on their rehab therapies.

Why Choose Muse for Medically Assisted Treatment for Addiction?

Medically assisted treatment is a powerful help for many clients who struggle with compulsions to use the drug they’re addicted to. It’s especially useful for clients who are addicted to opioids as many drugs have been developed to help these individuals. Muse has a reputation for outstanding care and medically based addiction treatments. Clients can expect to feel supported and respected during their treatment with us. 

If you live in or near Huntington Beach, CA, and think you may be a good candidate for medically assisted treatment, don’t hesitate to visit us. MAT and therapy have allowed thousands of people to overcome their dependence on dangerous addictive drugs and it can help you too. Some clients prefer to rely on MAT for a short period of time; others may need it for a longer period. With our individualized approach to therapy, you can get the support you need to achieve your recovery goals. Let our team of caring clinicians and therapists work with you to end your reliance on drugs. Visit us to learn more about MAT and if it’s the right course of action for your needs.

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