What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
MAT is the use of medication paired with counseling to treat opioid use disorders. MAT has been shown to help individuals manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings and increase chances of sustained abstinence from prescription opioids or heroin.
Using a whole person approach PPI combines MAT with individual, intensive outpatient and group therapy. Education and connection to other services is provided as needed.
How does it Work?
The medication portion of MAT is designed to relieve physiological cravings, stabilize brain chemistry and other body functions, and block the effect of opioids. Vivitrol and Suboxone work differently, but with the same intended outcomes.
Vivitrol works by blocking the sedative and euphoric effects of abused drugs. Suboxone is a depressant, which mimics the effects of opioid but does not produce the same high. Those who take the medication may experience:
Medication-assisted treatment is a comprehensive, individualized intervention with the goal of full recovery. Your provider will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
MAT can help people to get back on their feet and live their life to the fullest.
PPI offers MAT in a private and welcome setting at the following locations by experienced providers here to get you started on your journey to wellness.
What is Narcan?
Narcan is the brand name for Naloxone, a medication designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan is not MAT but can be prescribed to someone receiving MAT or anyone that may be at risk of an opioid overdose. Narcan can be administered by anyone, as it comes in the form of a nasal spray. Narcan does not last long, so a person who is experiencing an opioid overdose should be taken to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
You can talk to a provider for more information on obtaining Narcan through your pharmacy. PPI’s Risk Reduction Outreach services also offer Narcan training, education, and Narcan kits.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER WILLIMANTIC, 54 North St. (860) 450-0151
Suboxone, Vivitrol and Narcan
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER DANIELSON, 13 Water St. (860) 779-5852
Vivitrol, Sublocade, Suboxone and Narcan