Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
A client may experience physical and psychological urges, or “cravings”, for substances they have used. Cravings can occur at any time, and can last well after the substances are eliminated from one’s system. Cravings can be reduced, however, by developing coping skills through the therapeutic process and with the use of anti-craving medications.
Anti-craving medications, in conjunction with counseling, are highly effective at reducing, and even eliminating, urges to use opiates and/or alcohol.
- Long acting naltrexone injections, (Vivitrol) administered every month have been scientifically proven to reduce cravings for heroin and other opiates.
- Suboxone® (buprenorphine) helps ease the individuals through the physical symptoms of withdrawal from addiction to opiates, such as heroin or prescription pain killers.
- Although Endeavor House does not prescribe methadone, someone who is receiving methadone maintenance treatment at a clinic can maintain on methadone while detoxing off of other substances such as benzodiazepines or alcohol.