Trying to detox from drugs and alcohol after extended periods of using is not only often extremely uncomfortable, but it can also be dangerous. It requires managed care and interventions that only trained professionals can provide to reduce the discomfort and support the individual. Aside from that, there are necessary peripheral supports such as counseling that help ensure the long-term success of the transition. Without the proper supports, many find that they often find themselves back in the same situations again and again-often with increasing negative circumstances.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
At Addiction Treatment Services (ATS), we focus on what is considered MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment), which is a very effective method in addressing opiate addiction. Under scrutiny and doctor’s care, the patient is prescribed medication such as Suboxone which helps reduce the extreme physical discomfort that comes from opiate withdrawal. This physical discomfort is often what exponentially leverages the fear of quitting as well as exacerbates the illicit behaviors involved in continuing use.
Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) also offers treatment support using Vivitrol to mitigate cravings. Consult with your doctor to see if Vivitrol may work for you.
The medications address the withdrawal symptoms as well as the cravings–and with ongoing visits to the doctor for ongoing monitoring and examination, one’s progress and success is part of an ongoing plan. Our compassionate doctors listen to their patients and strive to support them into improved health in the most effective methods available.
Counseling Support is a Required Treatment Component at ATS
Not only do we focus on reducing the extreme discomfort one experiences in unassisted withdrawal, but we also require regular counseling to give our patients the proper strategies to help them deal with some of the stressors and triggers that often got in the way of their recovery and many times were some of the reasons people turned to these chemicals to cope in the first place.
The role Addiction counselors play in treatment is to focus forward and guide the patient in recovery, assisting them in navigating through the challenges that may be disruptive to their sobriety. It is not a role of judgment and persecution, but one of encouragement and support to best set you up for long-term success in recovery and life. Without structure and direction, a person can easily fall back into old habits without navigation, skills, accountability, and social connection to stay the course.
At Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) we also realize that your goal is to eventually return to a “non-dependent” lifestyle. As we monitor your progress, we begin to work with you on the transitional strategies to move you to the next phase of your recovery where medication intervention may no longer be needed. We realize you may have concerns of physical discomfort and anxiety, and that is understandable. We will personally work with you to have the proper tools to not only be able to physically cope with the transition, but we will arm you with the tools you need for ongoing psychological coping. We will work with you on developing the skills to help you deal with stressors, triggers, and environmental disruptions that in the past may have been extremely challenging. We want to not only be your care providers but your partners in recovery.