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Medication Assisted Therapy

There are many different ways to get assistance when you have a problem in your life. One of the most efficient ways is to talk about them. There are many therapies one can attend to get better from any situation in their lives.

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) is one very effective medication that works on many conditions. The therapy combines cognitive-behavior therapies and medications to aid in the medications to aid in the treatment of the patients. There are many mental conditions that people go through, and it makes it impossible for them to go back to normal lives. Taking medication and at the same time attending therapy sessions is the perfect treatment for any condition.

Many people go through opioid detoxification and medication; studies have however shown that these individuals suffer a high chance of a relapse if they are not assisted by medication. To treat the condition, a drug addict, for example, will first of all start with medication-assisted therapies that help the person’s condition stabilize.

There are complex underlying conditions when it comes to alcohol or drug addiction, and MAT emphasizes on these complexities. Alcohol, opiate, and stimulants are drugs that can create strong and lasting cravings that cannot easily go away. They can affect the brain and lead to life challenging situations.

Drug addiction turns merely an individual into an anti-social figure. You become withdrawn from the rest of the society anything that involves a society does not get in your mind even if you try. The craving is the only thing that comes to your mind, and once you satisfy them, you simply switch off. The role of medication is to ensure that the cravings are reduced and withdrawals symptom together with them. Once this is achieved, the treatment becomes more manageable.

The best time to use the treatment

There are many hard drugs sold and used on the market, and each of them has their own way of dealing with them. Marijuana and nicotine, for example, have their own specific methods for solution.

Medication-assisted therapy is more focused on treatment for people with three primary drug types: Alcohol, opioid/opiates, and stimulants. The drugs are the most commonly abused across the globe, and the therapy is one way to deal with extreme addiction.

The reason why most people take the medications is that they are tolerant to the drug. To avoid dangerous withdrawal effects, taking the medication is the only solution. The medication works as antagonists on opioid receptors. By binding with the opioid receptor to prevent withdrawal syndrome, they ensure a reduced craving for the drug.

Whenever you try to use drugs while on these medications, the opioid receptors are not able to bind with the compound. As a result, any form of euphoria is prevented.

Other medications work by altering the drug through metabolism. You will experience a feeling of being sick if you try out the drugs while on the medication.

Treating addiction

Drug addiction is not an easy thing to treat. There are a lot of things to put into consideration beginning with the need of the user. The user has to be willing to face their problem before being enrolled in any form of treatment. Otherwise, it may not have the desired effect. If you are going to use medication-assisted therapy, the process starts in the same way. Once you have agreed to join the sessions, you have received the prescribed medicine followed by scheduled meetings.

One of the most effective antagonists to opioid is Nalrexone, which is also a drug common to all three types of addiction featured above. The trick that the drug plays is quite simple. It binds to an opioid receptor in your body which in turn brings down withdrawals and cravings.

If a person has been drinking for a very long time, Nalrexone works to reduce the side effects of opioid-tied dopamine response failure. In simple terms, the medication blocks receptors which in turn allow the body to get what it needs to function effectively. Drug addiction makes you feel like you cannot do without taking them, a situation that is reversed by the medication. You will not feel the side effects associated with opioid, alcohol or stimulant abuse. What this simply means is that your body and brain functions are restored to normal.

In normal circumstances, you will feel all highs when you use the drug you are addicted to. If you are on the medication, however, you will not feel these high, and this will prompt you to discontinue the use. The opioid receptors are blocked, and they will not let you taste the real feeling of the drug.

There are other familiar drugs used in the treatment of alcohol addiction. These drugs include Acamprosate and Disulfiram. There are some receptors in the body called the Aminobutyric Acid (GABA). These receptors have an inhibitory effect on the firing of the nerve system throughout the CNS.

With chronic drinking, the GABA receptors are affected so hugely that they reduce by great numbers. When someone stops to drink, these receptors will no longer be able to regulate nerve firing along the CNS. This is the reason why person addicted to drinking faces a high risk of high blood pressure, seizures, and elevated heart rate.

Acamprosate acts as on these receptors that have become completely useless. It accommodates the body’s need for a similar process and in turn, reduces the excitability of a specific affected nerve. The point here is to allow the body some time to rebuild GABA receptors along the CNS.

Disulfiram, also known as Antabuse works in a slightly different way. This drug simply metabolizes alcohol. When you drink while using this drug, the body will not oxidize the alcohol. As a result, you will experience significantly enhanced and immediate hangover symptoms. It is like the drug literally discourages you from drinking by giving you severe headaches, vomiting, and even heart palpitations. Who would want that?


Different drugs have different effects on the body hence require different treatments. For example, a combination of naltrexone and buprenorphine has become common in the treatments of cocaine addiction. The bottom line is, medication-assisted therapy works and it has been proven as one of the most effective tools for managing addictions.

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