MAT Program Components

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MAT Program Components

The gold-standard for care in treating opiate addiction is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Waterstone Counseling Center has combined this standard of care with the philosophy of our organization which has resulted in compassionate and cutting-edge treatment available to anyone in need. Our “Fresh Start Treatment Program” is unique in that it offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary and fully immersive recovery treatment with the flexibility of an outpatient setting.

To demonstrate a specific example of the MAT model, the tabs below describe an overview of suboxone in the context of consistent counseling. This is only one example, utilizing suboxone as the medicinal component. To learn more, visit The Fresh Start Program page (above link), or investigate the use of specific medications in the context of our
treatment modalities.

Extensive research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Suboxone for the treatment of opioid addictions when it is taken under the supervision of a qualified medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program. Patients who have been prescribed Suboxone have reported that the medication effectively lessened the symptoms of withdrawal and minimized cravings for additional opioids. Since Suboxone does not create the euphoric feelings that are often associated with opioid consumption, patients are less likely to abuse it. If a patient were to attempt to abuse Suboxone, he or she will not experience the same euphoric high that can be achieved when abusing opioids, such as OxyContin or Vicodin. Since there are other medication options available, it is important to first discuss all treatment options with your physician prior to starting Suboxone to ensure that you are obtaining the most appropriate form of treatment available. By utilizing Suboxone within a medication-assisted treatment program, patients are able to achieve the mental clarity required to fully focus on their recovery.
Defeating an opioid addiction can be extremely tiring and overwhelming. Once an individual becomes addicted to an opioid, he or she will eventually experience the symptoms associated with withdrawal if the opioid use suddenly ceases. One of the biggest reasons why people continue to use and abuse opioids is the fear of the painful symptoms of withdrawal. By incorporating Suboxone into one’s comprehensive treatment plan, the symptoms of withdrawal can be averted, which makes long-term recovery achievable. Although incorporating Suboxone into one’s treatment can be extremely beneficial during the process of recovery, it is also important for a person to utilize therapeutic interventions in order to focus on the emotional components of addiction. By taking part in both individual and group therapy, patients are given a higher chance of achieving long-term recovery. Individual therapy provides patients with a forum to openly discuss their progress and setbacks in a one-on-one setting with a qualified counselor. Group therapy gives patients the opportunity to come together with their peers to gain support and encouragement in a therapeutic setting.

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Additional resources on Buprenorphine (Suboxone) in the context of Addictive Disorders.

SAMHSA Buprenorphine:

Suboxone - How to Take it:

Treating & Preventing Opioid Overdose:

Women and Family Life Center:

Narcan: How to get it:

CVS Pharmacy (Down the Street: 613 Boston Post Rd, Madison) Obtain Narcan and How to Use it:

How to use various forms of Naloxone (Narcan):

WVU Naloxone First Aid Video:

DMHSA Crisis Services:

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