MEDICATION ASSISTED THERAPY
Medication Assisted Therapy in Florida
Medication assisted therapy, like the optional ones offered through Evolutions Treatment Center Florida Medication Assisted Therapy, employ the usage of traditional behavioral therapies and medications in order to help those suffering from addiction overcome their illness. This form of therapy has been used for decades, especially in the treatment of opioid addiction, but has recently gained a resurgence in popularity due to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, which supported its usage in order to help combat the growing opioid overdose rates that the country has seen. It is important to know that medication assisted therapy is not recommended for everybody and is only prescribed in specific individualized situations where history, symptoms, and future risk are considered and discussed at length with the patient and treatment team in order to improve prognosis.
Our Florida Medication Assisted Therapy, involves the latest in medical research combined with the foremost understanding of addiction and its psychological and physical implications, in order to create a well rounded program that offers our clients the greatest chance for success. A person entering into our Florida Medication Assisted Therapy will work hand in hand with our trained medical and psychological staff in order to create a therapy program that is tailor suited to their needs and addresses specifically the issues surrounding their addiction.
The basis for our Florida Medication Assisted Therapy rests in the understanding that drug addiction and alcoholism affect the normal functioning of the brain. When a person becomes addicted to a drug like opiates or alcohol, their brain can stop producing naturally occurring chemicals because the drugs are introducing the chemicals into the body at an elevated rate. Due to this when usage is discontinued withdrawal symptoms set in and a person begins to crave the substance in order to stop the withdrawals. In people who are addicted to opiates or alcohol these cravings can become so intense that they there incapable of not using their substance of choice and no matter how hard they try to quit, they are always drawn back to their addiction.
How does Medication Assisted Therapy Work?
Medication assisted therapy offers people who experience this the ability to not have to continue to drink or use illicit substances by giving them medications that have been proven to reduce cravings and in some cases create a barrier to relapse by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids or alcohol.For instance a person who is suffering from opioid addiction can use Naltrexone or Vivitrol in order to curb their cravings and allow them to actually receive the therapeutic value that treatment has to offer. Those who suffer from alcoholism can use Antabuse, campral, Naltrexone, Vivitrol or a number of other medications that have proven to help with cravings and allow those people seeking to overcome their alcoholism a path to a healthy life.
This form of therapy can be used in the short term, for a couple of days to a couple of weeks in order to help a person attempting to get sober, get over the initial hump and discomfort that sobriety can bring, or they can be used long-term. This all depends on the person and what course of action they come up with, with their therapist and physician. For some people just using medication during the beginning of their recovery can be sufficient in allowing them to achieve sobriety, while others may need to stay on the medication for an extended period of time. While the medications do give a person a better chance at making it past their cravings, it must be used in conjunction with therapy, so that the individual can learn the coping skills necessary so that they do not fall back into the same patterns and go back to using again.
OSCA Vivitrol Program
Evolutions Treatment Center has been selected as a provider through the FADAA grant process. In 2014 the Florida Legislature appropriated 1$ million in recurring funding and $2 million in non-recurring funding to treat alcohol and opioid addicted offenders in community-based treatment programs utilizing extended-release injectable Naltrexone, brand name Vivitrol. Funds were appropriated to the Office of the State Court Administrator (OSCA) who has contracted with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA). In 2017 OSCA funding was increased to 5$ million in recurring funding and $2.5 million in non-recurring funding for this program.
As a provider, Evolutions Treatment Center is able to offer screening, assessment, and administration of Vivitrol to treat alcohol or opioid-addicted individuals who are involved, or have a high likelihood of being involved, in the criminal justice system; or are in court ordered, community-based substance abuse treatment.Under this program, Evolutions is able to offer the above services at no cost to the individual as long as he or she is enrolled in one of our comprehensive behavioral health treatment programs. As a from of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Vivitrol is an adjunct to behavioral health treatment services, and only offered in coordination with the appropriate level of therapy and an individualized treatment plan specific to needs.
Seeking Help Through Medication Assisted Therapy
Making the decision to seek treatment for an addiction or alcoholism can be an extremely nerve wracking experience. It sometimes requires a person to leave their home state for an extended period of time and leave behind a certain way of life. It requires them to put their faith in people that they do not know and trust that the process can work for them. At Evolutions Treatment Center we understand this and many of our trained staff have been exactly where you currently are. We know all of the anxieties that go into making the decision to seek treatment and we are here to help you every step of the way. So don’t delay any longer and give us a call today at, 1-800-795-8527. Make the call and begin your journey to a new life.