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Medication Assisted Treatment

Gateway Treatment Centers recognize the benefits of medication assisted treatment to address withdrawal symptoms, cravings and detoxification.

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Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcoholism

Kerry Henry, Executive Director, Gateway Springfield and Gateway Pekin
Kerry Henry
Executive Director
Gateway Springfield and Gateway Pekin

Treatment for alcohol use disorder, often referred to as alcoholism or alcohol abuse, calls for a multi-faceted approach that is personalized to the individual. Sometimes this approach includes medication assisted treatment (MAT)...

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Medication assisted treatment is offered at Gateway as part of our comprehensive alcohol and drug rehab programs. Along with counseling and therapy, medication assisted treatment may help individuals modify their behavior to make better lifestyle changes for long-term success. Treatment for dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances can include the use of a few medications. We work closely with individuals to help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for them.

Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment:

  • Offered in both Outpatient and Residential Treatment
  • Reduces or eliminates cravings
  • Decreases withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduces the risk of relapse
  • Hospitalization is generally not needed

Benefits vary based on factors that include dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances.

Prescribed Medications

Studies have shown that people taking Suboxone® tend to improve their success with non-drug therapies. Managing the physical symptoms for opiate dependency helps people gain control of their life and concentrate on their counseling and recovery.

"Suboxone is very effective for many people," says Gateway Chicago Nurse Karlyne Dodd-Hudson. "It allows some individuals to be more alert and think about how to correct their lifestyles."

Suboxone® is a FDA-approved drug that, together with counseling, treats opiate dependency for persons ages 16 and older. Suboxone® is administered daily by dissolving a sublingual film under the tongue. Suboxone® works in a way that alleviates physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings while also partially blocking the effects of opiates like prescription painkillers or heroin.

Vivitrol®, when combined with counseling, may help individuals abstain from alcohol and/or opiates as part of their ongoing recovery. Vivitrol® reduces cravings and helps people maintain sobriety.

Vivitrol® is FDA-approved as a treatment for alcohol dependence for persons who are 18 or more years of age. It also is used to prevent relapse for opiate dependency after opiate detoxification for persons who are 18 or more years of age. Vivitrol® is administered with an injection about once every 30 days by a healthcare professional.

Vivitrol® works to prevent feelings of pleasure in the brain that are produced by substances, such as prescription painkillers or heroin. Vivitrol® also helps reduce the cravings a person may have for opiates and is reported to prevent opioids from being effective for about a month.

Medications for Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Dependence
According to individual needs, Gateway can address alcohol dependency, alcohol withdrawal and withdrawal from benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Librium, Valium and Xanax, with additional medication treatments. We can help those with mild to moderate alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency stabilize in order to engage in behavioral therapy treatment programs. Some severe cases may require hospitalization.

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