Many people who have become addicted to opioid painkillers desperately want to get clean. They know they are missing out on the best life has to offer — family, friends, work and their favorite activities. Unfortunately, try as hard as they might, recovering from opioid addiction is extremely difficult.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), however, is now considered the Gold Standard for opioid abuse treatment. Many physicians, including Dr. Jahan Chaudhry of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center, believe that treating the “whole patient” is the key to a successful recovery program.
MAT uses FDA-approved medicine to replace the opioid drug. Suboxone works in the brain in the same way opioids do, however, it is not a replacement drug. It successfully allows the brain and body to safely detox without harsh side effects. MAT can help an addict stay clean and sober so they can feel good and get back to the life they enjoyed before addiction.
Patients who enter an in-patient Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) such as a hospital or treatment clinic, must receive counseling treatment as a part of MAT, according to federal law.
Combining the medication with behavior modification and counseling is, indeed, the best approach to getting off opioids and back to life, Dr. Chaudhry says.
“Counseling is an extremely important part of Medication-Assisted Treatment,” the Holbrook doctor said. “Why I don’t make it mandatory, I believe working with a psychologist or counselor to deal with the stressors in your life can help you learn to manage life again.”
Additionally, as a patient is able to sustain recovery, Dr. Chaudhry will reduce the amount of Suboxone prescribed as part of MAT.
Find out how MAT can help you get on the road to recovery. Call 631-588-4888 or visit https://recovery.longislandpainrelief.com/ for more information.