As a leader in the field of addiction medicine, Bayside Marin offers a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program for adults age 18 and older who are battling addictions to alcohol or opioids.
Learn about medication-assisted treatment at Bayside Marin in San Rafael, CA
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, combines counseling with the use of medications to help individuals who are struggling with opioid or alcohol addiction. Bayside Marin has been at the forefront of providing medication-assisted treatment, actively following the latest research in order to provide cutting-edge best practices for our clients.
The medications used in MAT work to alleviate cravings for the substance while also reducing the distressing physical and psychological symptoms that occur during the withdrawal process. These medications are administered and closely monitored by medical professionals as part of the treatment process.
The counseling component of medication-assisted treatment helps address the psychological causes and effects of addiction. As part of the therapy sessions, clients are able to explore possible underlying reasons for why they began using substances and learn coping skills to help them remain successful in their recovery. By taking part in group therapy, clients are provided with an outlet where they can share support with people who may be experiencing similar challenges.
Prior to taking part in our MAT program, you will complete a comprehensive assessment to identify your needs and evaluate whether this program is right for you. If we determine that medication-assisted treatment can benefit you, our expert team will tailor your treatment plan to ensure that you get the most out of your time in our care.
Depending on the type and level of care you need, you may participate in our MAT program as part of our residential or intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Understand the benefits of medication-assisted treatment at Bayside Marin in San Rafael, CA
Medication-assisted treatment provides a whole-person approach that is proven to help individuals experience better recovery outcomes than those who do not take part in a MAT program. There are many benefits to participating in MAT, including the following:
- Individuals are able to focus on and more fully engage in the therapeutic process because they are not struggling with cravings for alcohol or opioids.
- The lack of withdrawal symptoms can make beginning the recovery process less intimidating.
- Individuals are able to spend time with others who have faced challenges similar to their own, removing the feelings of isolation addiction often causes.
- The risk of relapse is significantly lower.
- Individuals have the ongoing support of professionals as they navigate the recovery process.
Get information about the medications used in the MAT program at Bayside Marin in San Rafael, CA
The medications that are commonly used in MAT include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. The specific medication that is used as part of a person’s treatment plan is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Methadone is an opioid agonist, meaning that it blocks the effects of opioids. It interacts with the same receptors in the brain as opioids do but does not cause the same euphoric effects as heroin or prescription painkillers. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist but is similar to methadone in that it binds to the same receptors and blocks the effects of opioids. Naltrexone also blocks the effects of opioids, but it has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat alcohol use disorder as well.
In addition to the FDA, the safety and effectiveness of all the medications used in MAT have been verified by respected organizations like the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Learn about counseling in the medication-assisted treatment program at Bayside Marin
While in our MAT program, you will have the opportunity to participate in various types of therapy, including individual, group, family, and experiential therapies. Examples of the topics that may be covered during these sessions include:
- Drug education
- Relapse prevention
- Coping with triggers and cravings
- Releasing negative core beliefs
- Seeking Safety
Meet the expert team behind the medication-assisted treatment program at Bayside Marin in San Rafael, CA
During your time in the medication-assisted treatment program, you will be supported by a multidisciplinary team that is highly experienced in providing addiction treatment, including:
- Registered nurses
- Licensed clinical social workers
- Certified addiction counselors
Get information on the admissions criteria for medication-assisted treatment at Bayside Marin
The medication-assisted treatment program at Bayside Marin serves adults of all genders age 18 and older who have an opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder diagnosis.
We make all admissions decisions on an individual basis. The admissions process begins with an initial screening during which one of our admissions counselors will ask you questions about the nature and severity of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing, your medical history, and what you hope to accomplish by receiving care at Bayside Marin. If our facility is not the right fit for you, we will help connect you with a provider who can better meet your needs.
If you have any questions about the MAT program at Bayside Marin, or about any of the other services we offer, please contact us at your convenience.