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By NABH Staff

Medically Reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Last Updated on February 7, 2024

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Mental health disorders cannot be treated by treating the symptoms alone. We use holistic and evidence-based methods to treat the entire individual.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction is an evidence-based approach to co-occurring combating substance use disorders that combines medication and counseling. At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we offer MAT therapies to individuals in Georgia who are struggling with alcohol or opioid dependence, as well as co-occurring conditions. 

Our goal is to help patients manage their cravings and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms so they can safely focus on their recovery process while simultaneously reducing the risk of relapse. With a combination of individualized care plans tailored specifically for each patient’s needs as well as a variety of support groups and resources, our team at North Atlanta Behavioral Health provides comprehensive addiction and therapeutic services designed to ensure long-term sobriety.

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment? (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction is a comprehensive approach that uses medication to treat individuals dependent on alcohol or opioids. The supervised use of MAT can help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms while decreasing the risk of relapse.

Additionally, MAT helps patients manage cravings related to substance use and allows them to focus on their recovery process in a safe environment without worrying about potential slips or relapses back into drug use. Furthermore, MAT can be beneficial in people struggling with a mental health disorder, who also have a co-occurring addiction.

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, our team provides personalized care plans tailored specifically for each patient’s unique needs in order to ensure long-term sobriety through this evidence-based approach.

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Types of Medication-Assisted Treatment We Offer

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of MAT services, including: 

  • Buprenorphine – This medication helps reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. It is generally prescribed in a combination pill with naloxone to make it less likely to be abused. 
  • Methadone – This opioid agonist reduces cravings and withdrawals from both illicit opioids and prescription drugs containing opioids such as hydrocodone or oxycodone. 
  • Naltrexone – This medication prevents individuals from getting high if they relapse by blocking the effects of alcohol or opioids on their bodies. 
  • Antidepressants – These drugs can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, allowing patients to focus on their recovery process without feeling overwhelmed. 
  • Antipsychotics – Our physicians may prescribe certain antipsychotics for individuals who are dealing with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder in addition to substance abuse issues. 
  • Benzodiazepines – These drugs work by slowing down the central nervous system and are often prescribed for anxiety. 
  • Sleep Medications – In certain cases, our team may prescribe medication to help individuals manage their sleep issues.

It is essential to remember these medications are only available under our carefully monitored clinical MAT services due to the potential side effects or misuse. 

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Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Georgia

Long-Term Sobriety

Perhaps the most important benefit of MAT is that it can help individuals achieve long-term sobriety and maintain a healthy lifestyle free from substance use.

Reduced Relapse Risk

MAT helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, reducing an individual’s risk of relapse back into drug or alcohol abuse.

Improved Physical Health

By helping patients manage their addiction, MAT can improve overall physical health by decreasing the side effects associated with substance use and providing access to healthier behaviors and habits.

Improved Mental Health

In addition to aiding in addiction recovery, MAT also provides benefits for mental health by addressing underlying issues such as depression or anxiety, which may have played a role in the development of substance abuse disorders in the first place.

Increased Quality Of Life

Finally, medication-assisted treatment also leads to increased quality of life as individuals are better able to manage their addictions, establish newfound emotional regulation skills, and lead them toward achieving lives full of more joy.

Other Services We Offer

In addition to offering medication-assisted treatment, we provide a wide range of addiction treatment services, including:

  • Medically-Supervised Detox
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)
  • Daytime Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
  • Evening IOPs

All our personalized treatment programs provide access to counseling services, such as individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), relapse prevention techniques, and 12-step facilitation programs.

All of our services at North Atlanta Behavioral Health are tailored specifically for each individual’s needs so that they can find the right combination of therapies best suited for them on their journey towards long-term sobriety from alcohol and drug addiction. With the help of our experienced team, we are confident that we can provide our patients with a safe, caring, and supportive environment to foster lasting recovery.

Start Medication-Assisted Treatment in Georgia Today

If you are struggling with co-occurring alcohol and drug use and would like to explore learning more about the possibilities that MAT can provide, do not hesitate to reach out to us at North Atlanta Behavioral Health. Our team is eager to work closely with you in order to develop an individualized care plan designed specifically for your unique needs and goals.

With help from our medical professionals, trained counselors, psychiatrists, doctors, and nurses, you will receive the support necessary to achieve sobriety while also improving physical health, mental health, and quality of life. Contact us to start your recovery journey today.

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