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Traditional addiction treatment consists of detoxification and rehabilitation. However, the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with the detox process oftentimes discourage patients from following through and sustaining the recovery journey, resulting in the tens and thousands of drug overdoses each year. To ameliorate the physical withdrawal symptoms in efforts to sustain sobriety, the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is introduced, with sufficient positive research results supporting its successes.

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What is Medication Assisted Treatment?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) integrates FDA-approved medications, counseling and behavioral therapies in providing a “whole-patient” approach and sustainable treatment to substance use disorders. Tackling a combination of the biological and behavioral component of addiction effectively assists the patient in overcoming cravings and uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with withdrawals. MAT has proven to be clinically effective in improving patient survival rate, patient’s ability to live a self-directed life, and their dependency on substances.

Opioid addiction is extremely prevalent in the United States and is extremely powerful because individuals seek out to drugs like heroin and opioid painkillers to feel normal and to mitigate physical withdrawal symptoms from drug detoxes. This addiction and malicious cycle can be combated by medications like methadone and buprenorphine. As opioids themselves, these medications satisfy an individual’s craving and stop the withdrawal symptoms. Although it is counterintuitive to treat opioid addiction with opioid, the treatment is proven to be successful under a safe medical setting, where the prescribed amount doesn’t produce euphoric high and simultaneously helps mitigate withdrawal symptoms. As stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, medications like methadone and buprenorphine are not heroin or opioid substitutes, but instead they are used as maintenance treatment. When these medications are used under physician’s close supervision and following prescription amounts, they will not create a new addiction. Thus, by easing the physical withdrawal symptoms, a patient’s risk of relapse reduces and sobriety sustains.

Research Supporting Medication Assisted Treatment

Various studies and systematic reviews of the research have indicated that medically assisted treatment successfully reduces the risk of opioid addiction and cuts the all-cause mortality rate by half or more. Specific to Baltimore, research found that the opioid overdose rate has decreased after the introduction of MAT the region.

Moreover, studies have demonstrated that MAT significantly reduces the risk of opioid addiction and poisoning in comparison to solely relying on psychological support. With reduced risk, MAT further helps patients in both retention in treatment and increase in social functioning, assisting them in taking back control of their lives and living a self-directed live.

For society as a whole, not only does medically assisted treatment reduce the risk of opioid usage and overdose death rate, but the National Institute on Drug Abuse also indicated that MAT decreases criminal activity and infectious disease transmission. This demonstrates the effective of medically assisted treatment not just on the patient him or herself, but also on the greater society.

With successful clinical results, many private organizations, agencies and other groups are supporting and offering medication assisted treatment. Recognizing the widespread and effectiveness of medically assisted treatment, the United States government has passed down the SUPPORT Act (Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery Treatment for Patients and Communities Act) to regulate MAT and provide medical practitioners with greater flexibility in offering medically assisted treatments. The government has also provided many resources for clinics to practice MAT safely and to support their patients throughout the journey.

Types of Medications in Medically Assisted Treatment

Here are some medications commonly used in MAT.

Methadone has been used to treat patients addicted to heroin and narcotic pain medicines for decades. It lessens physical withdrawal symptoms by changing how the brain and nervous system responds to pain. With a safely prescribed amount, it blocks the euphoric effects that causes addiction, allowing patients to gradually ease off their dependency on drugs. Methadone is self-administered, taken once a day in the form of pill, liquid and water.

Different from Methadone, Buprenorphine must be performed in a highly structured clinic under closer supervision of physicians. Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist as it produces the same euphoric effect and respiratory depression as opioids. Its effects increase with each dose until a certain point, where more doses won’t increase the effect anymore. This “ceiling effect” lowers the risk of misuse, dependency and side effects.

Naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of drugs by activating opioid receptors in the body that suppress cravings. It comes in a pill form or as an injectable and can be prescribed by licensed health care providers. Nonetheless, patients must abstain from illegal opioids and opioid medication for a minimum of 7-10 days before starting naltrexone for the medication to be effective.

Each of these FDA-approved medications has its own benefits and risks and can work differently on different patients. It is essential for patients to work closely with physicians in determining the most fitting medication. More importantly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explicitly notes that no matter what medication is used, the medication has to be in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy for it to be holistic and effective.

Insurance and Payment for Medically Assisted Treatment

In response to the rising drug overdose rate in the United States, the government has passed down several acts to improve the stigma on addiction and to promote addiction treatment. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires most health insurers to treat behavioral health services as they do for primary care, providing coverage for addiction treatment as part of the insurance plan benefit. Since the cost of medically assisted treatment varies depending on the types of medications used, the types of medication an insurance plan cover may differ. On top of this, there may be limitations to the number of dosages and prescription refills. Thus, patients should communicate with their insurance provider to determine how much of the addiction treatment is covered.

Medication Assisted Treatment in Orange County, California

Resurgence Behavioral Health is the leading provider of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction in the Southern California region, specifically in Orange County. Resurgence truly believes the right treatment program is the key for anyone to address and overcome their addiction. Resurgence offers a variety of 1-on-1, customizable programs to help each patient find and learn their way of dealing with everyday problems without the use of substances.

Take Back Control of Your Life with Resurgence Behavioral Health

Resurgence Behavioral Health is the leading medically assisted treatment provider, specifically serving Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Anaheim and several other Orange County cities.

Resurgence offers customizable treatment plans and comprehensive care for various types of addictions, including:

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Dual-diagnosis treatment for substance abuse and undiagnosed mental illness

Our Medically Assisted Treatment usually involves the following:

Methadone

Methadone has been used to treat patients addicted to heroin and narcotic pain medicines for decades. It lessens physical withdrawal symptoms by changing how the brain and nervous system responds to pain. With a safely prescribed amount, it blocks the euphoric effects that causes addiction, allowing patients to gradually ease off their dependency on drugs. Methadone is self-administered, taken once a day in the form of pill, liquid and water.

Buprenorphine

Different from Methadone, Buprenorphine must be performed in a highly structured clinic under closer supervision of physicians. Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist as it produces the same euphoric effect and respiratory depression as opioids. Its effects increase with each dose until a certain point, where more doses won’t increase the effect anymore. This “ceiling effect” lowers the risk of misuse, dependency and side effects.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of drugs by activating opioid receptors in the body that suppress cravings. It comes in a pill form or as an injectable and can be prescribed by licensed health care providers. Nonetheless, patients must abstain from illegal opioids and opioid medication for a minimum of 7-10 days before starting naltrexone for the medication to be effective.

Subutex

Subutex has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use within medication-assisted treatment programs. It is an excellent medication option for opioid addiction. Subutex is usually prescribed to individuals at the start of treatment, with the goal of eventually transitioning to Suboxone for long-term maintenance. Like methadone, Subutex blocks opioid cravings as well as physical withdrawal symptoms with little to no risk.

Suboxone

Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone is approved by the FDA as a medication for people who have an opioid addiction. Suboxone also alleviates cravings and physical withdrawal symptoms that usually occurs in the detox process. This medication is also often used as a long-term medication option after an individual begins treatment with Subutex.

Vivitrol

Vivitrol is an injectable medication approved by the FDA for use in programs that treat opioid addiction. It is a naltrexone-based medication that counters opioid cravings, alleviates physical symptoms of withdrawal and prevents overdose from occurring. Vivitrol is administered only once a month. It has a proven track record of preventing individuals in recovery from experiencing relapse.

One-on-One Therapy

While group therapy may bring important issues to light, one-on-one therapy allows our clients to explore further and come to terms with the underlying conditions that causes their addiction. One-on-one therapy is an extremely effective treatment where you or your loved one can explore very personal issues with the guidance and support of your own therapist.

Group Therapy and Programs

We believe that no single treatment model is appropriate for everyone that is why we develop an individualized program for every one of our clients. This customized program includes some of the group therapy and programs that will best address the client’s addiction history.

Here are some of the group therapy and programs that we offer:

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Stress management
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Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
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Dialectic behavior therapy (DBT)
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Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
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Relapse prevention
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Life skills
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Happiness projects
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Vulnerability studies
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Life after treatment
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SMART recovery
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12 step recovery
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Relapse prevention
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Getting the most out of rehab
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Vocational training

To treat these addictions and disorders, Resurgence Behavioral Health offers three primary treatment services: detox, inpatient care and outpatient treatment.

Medically Assisted Treatment for Detoxification

Resurgence strives to provide a safe, comfortable and caring environment to help patients navigate alcohol and drug detoxification. Detox is the first step for anyone dependent on alcohol or drugs. Supervised detox safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal. Common symptoms include anxiety, depression, hallucinations, restlessness and more. If left untreated and uncared for, these withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening.

Resurgence has designed an effective detox process that helps patients detox from alcohol or drugs. Since each patient’s detox requirement differs, the process can be furthered personalized to improve its effectiveness for the individual. Most cases follow these three steps:

1. Evaluation: Initially, the medical team screens incoming patients for physical and mental health issues, along with conducting an in-depth interview in order to formulate a personalized, long-term plan.

2. Stabilization: The detox team then provides medical and psychological therapy that is supported with prescribed addiction treatment medications to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms.

3. Transfer to Long-Term Care: Once the patient is stabilized, then the patient is transferred to one of Resurgence’s inpatient rehab facilities across California.

However, detox is only a short-term solution as it doesn’t sustain for long-term recovery. Research indicates that patients who undergo the detox process without a subsequent long-term rehabilitation program have a relapse rate of more than 90%. As a result, whether it’s for alcohol or drug addictions, detoxification is simply the initial preparation for a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Resurgence Behavioral Health provides a complete detoxification and inpatient rehabilitation process that allows patients to successfully sustain sobriety.

If you or your loved ones are struggling with a substance abuse issue, please visit our website or call us at 888-700-5053.

Inpatient Medically Assisted Treatment

Resurgence offers full-service residential alcohol and drug rehab program within a safe and comfortable healing environment. Resurgence has several inpatient facilities across Orange County, specifically in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Fullerton Hills.

Ranging from a 30, 60 and 90 days, these inpatient rehab programs can vary in length and be customized based on the extent and seriousness of the substance abuse. Each inpatient facility provides close supervision by highly trained staff, around the clock medical care, individual and group therapy sessions, healthy meal options and a relaxing environment. The calm healing environment aims to further stabilize the patients, encouraging a healthy routine without substances and sustaining the recovery process.

If you or your loved ones are struggling with a substance abuse issue, please visit our website or call us at 888-700-5053.

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Outpatient Medically Assisted Treatment

In addition to inpatient care, Resurgence offers outpatient services for patients who cannot fully commit to a residential program or ones who may not need constant medical supervision. This alternative option is ideal for patients with a full-time job, ones who have a family to tend for, or have other important commitments. These outpatient services are also effective in supporting patients who have just completed the inpatient care and are ready to return to their daily routines.

The outpatient program is flexible to the patient’s schedule. Patients can visit any Resurgence center for a few hours during their free time or at scheduled intervals. The outpatient program at Resurgence provides education, relapse prevention, individual and group support. Across all outpatient programs, the treatment plan will include:

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Assessment
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Professional interventions
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Education
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Process groups
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Individual, couples or family sessions
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Flexibility
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Up to 7 days a week of outpatient care

Outpatient services are not suitable for patients suffering from chronic addiction and experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms.

Altogether, the outpatient service provides support systems through regular meetings and counseling, assisting patients in getting sober, maintaining sobriety, and taking back control of their lives.

If you or your loved ones are struggling with a substance abuse issue, please visit our website or call us at 888-700-5053.

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Paying for Medical Assisted Treatment at Resurgence

In effort to provide care and treatment for everyone, Resurgence accepts most PPO insurance and private forms of payment for treatment. Visit Resurgence’s website to see if your insurance provider covers the addiction treatment program or to verify your insurance benefits. In addition, Resurgence will assist by communicating with the patient’s insurance provider on behalf of the patient to ensure for quality care at an affordable cost.

If your health insurance provider is not listed above, please contact Resurgence at 888-700-5053 to verify.

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