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SCL Health St. Mary's Integrated Addiction Medicine

Through Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) we can help with cravings and withdrawal that make it hard to stay in treatment.

MAT is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorder and prevent overdose. It is not a cure for addiction, but can be very helpful for those struggling with regular cravings, withdrawal, or inability to not use.

A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. These are FDA approved medications that relieve withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Our program provides safe amounts and monitoring of the following medications for the following types of addiction:

Opioid Use Disorder

  • Buprenorphine containing medications, including Suboxone® and Sublocade®
  • Naltrexone, including Vivitrol®
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Naltrexone, including Vivitrol®
  • Acamprosate
  • Disulfiram

Nicotine Use Disorder

  • Nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches, etc)
  • Bupropion
  • Varenicline (Chantix®)

Stimulants including methamphetamine

  • There are currently not FDA approved medications for management of methamphetamine cravings and withdrawal; however, based on individual assessments and need medications may be recommended to assist with these issues.

The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. Our program will recommend individualized durations of MAT with this in mind. 

 

 

 

 

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