We offer a Medication Assisted Treatment Center. Also known as MAT. It is the use of specific prescription medications—to help our clients sustain their recovery. It works by reducing cravings, blocking the effects of opioids, or normalizing brain chemistry. When used during outpatient addiction treatment, MAT combined with counseling, behavioral therapy, and 12 steps modality helps individuals sustain long term recovery. We now offer Vivitrol in addition to other oral medications to support clients in their recovery.
About Medication Assisted Treatment
Victory Bay Clients in recovery from alcohol abuse or opioid abuse, have choices for medication assisted treatment to sustain long term recovery. Vivitrol is an extended-release monthly injection. It is useful for clients struggling with either Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Vivitrol works for individuals with opioid abuse by blocking the effects of opiates when used therefore reducing cravings and desire to use. Revia (Naltrexone) is an oral medication useful to reduce one’s cravings for opioids. Vivitrol can be used for individuals with alcohol abuse as well but its mechanism of action is different. Vivitrol works on the pleasure center of the brain and acts to reduce cravings.
Oral medications for alcohol abuse include Revia (Naltrexone) and Campral (Acamprosate) among others. Revia works on the pleasure center in the brain and acts to reduce cravings for alcohol by uncoupling the pleasure or reward one’s brain receives with alcohol consumption. Campral helps to reduce the brain’s dependence on alcohol which can reduce cravings and subsequent relapse.
Our medical team is committed to ensuring recovery is sustained and each client entering Victory Bay will meet with our doctors for a thorough assessment and discussion about medications to help them sustain their recovery so that they can make informed choices.
Common MAT Medications
Naltrexone: Naltrexone is the primary MAT for treating opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. It comes in a pill form (ReVia, Depade) or as an injectable (Vivitrol). When used as medication-assisted treatment for alcohol dependency, naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and avoid relapses.
Vivitrol: We advocate for the use of Vivitrol with many of our clients. It only needs to be administered once a month, which vastly improves compliance while providing an extra measure of insurance against relapse. It does so by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids. Therefore, if a client relapses and uses the problem drug, Vivitrol prevents the feeling of getting high by binding to opioid receptors and blocking any other opioid from getting through, as well as vastly reducing cravings.
Sublocade (Buprenorphine extended-release) is a prescription medication used to treat individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). Sublocade is given once monthly by injection and must be administered by a trained licensed medical professional. Sublocade contains Buprenorphine which is known as a partial opioid agonist which means it allows for activation of the opioid receptors in the brain but less strongly than the opioid itself. Prior to starting the Sublocade injection, one must begin treatment with an oral form of Buprenorphine such as Suboxone or Subutex. At Victory Bay Recovery Center Sublocade is prescribed, monitored, and administered by a licensed medical professional. Sublocade in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapy, can greatly reduce relapse and improve sustained recovery.