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New Medication-Assisted Treatment Options Now Available at Center Point DAAC

Medication-Assisted Treatment
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In the ever-evolving field of addiction recovery, one of the most significant advancements has been the development and acceptance of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). This approach combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders, providing a comprehensive and effective pathway to recovery. The good news for many is that MAT services are now accessible to a wider range of individuals, with coverage available at Center Point DAAC through Medi-Cal, Partnership, Kaiser, and Medicare insurance plans. You can receive these medications and confidential and compassionate recovery assistance with any of these insurance programs.


Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment


Medication-Assisted Treatment is designed to address the complex nature of addiction, offering a more nuanced and effective form of care than traditional methods. By using FDA-approved medications in conjunction with therapy, MAT helps to reduce cravings, alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and decrease the chance of relapse. This holistic approach ensures that both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction are treated, empowering individuals to take control of their recovery journey.


Available Medications and How They Work


Several medications have been approved for use in MAT programs, each working differently to address the various aspects of addiction. Here, we'll delve into the specifics of each medication offered at Center Point DAAC, including Methadone, Suboxone, Brixadi, Sublocade, Vivitrol, Naltrexone, and Antabuse, to understand their roles in the treatment process.


Methadone


Methadone is one of the oldest medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It works as a long-acting opioid agonist, binding to the same receptors in the brain as drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers but without producing the same high. This helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for individuals to transition off opioids. Methadone treatment is highly regulated and is administered daily under supervision in a clinic setting.


Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone)


Suboxone combines buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, with naloxone, an opioid antagonist. Buprenorphine binds to opioid receptors in the brain, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms but with a lower risk of euphoria and dependency. Naloxone helps prevent misuse by causing withdrawal symptoms if the medication is injected. Suboxone is available in sublingual forms, allowing for flexible and discreet treatment.


Brixadi (Extended-release Buprenorphine)


Brixadi is a newer form of buprenorphine, administered as a weekly or monthly injection. This long-acting formulation provides a consistent level of medication in the body, reducing the need for daily dosing and helping to ensure compliance with the treatment plan. Brixadi is particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with taking daily medication or those who prefer a more discreet treatment option.


Sublocade (Extended-release Buprenorphine Injection)


Similar to Brixadi, Sublocade is an extended-release injection form of buprenorphine. Administered monthly, it offers a continuous treatment solution, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms over an extended period. This helps to stabilize patients and supports their recovery efforts by simplifying the medication regimen.


Vivitrol (Naltrexone for Extended-release Injectable Suspension)


Vivitrol is a non-opioid medication used to treat both opioid and alcohol dependence. As an opioid antagonist, it blocks the effects of opioids at their receptor sites in the brain and reduces cravings. Administered as a monthly injection, Vivitrol is often used after detoxification and can help to prevent relapse in individuals committed to a recovery program.


Naltrexone (Oral)


Naltrexone is available in an oral form and works similarly to Vivitrol by blocking the effects of opioids. It is also effective in treating alcohol dependence by reducing the desire to drink. Oral naltrexone offers flexibility in dosing, making it a suitable option for individuals who prefer oral medication and have a stable routine that supports daily medication adherence.


Antabuse (Disulfiram)


Antabuse is a medication used in the treatment of alcohol addiction. It works by interfering with the body's ability to metabolize alcohol, causing unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, flushing, and palpitations when alcohol is consumed. This aversive treatment helps individuals abstain from drinking by associating alcohol consumption with negative physical reactions.


Start Medication-Assisted Treatment today at Center Point DAAC!




The availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment represents a significant step forward in the fight against addiction. With a range of medications now accessible and covered under Medi-Cal, Partnership, Kaiser, and Medicare insurance plans, more individuals than ever have the opportunity to receive the comprehensive care they need to overcome substance use disorders. By understanding how each medication works and integrating these treatments into personalized care plans, Center Point DAAC providers can offer effective support to those on their path to recovery, marking a new era in addiction treatment for residents of Sonoma County, California. Center Point DAAC is located in Santa Rosa, California.


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