Assisted Treatment

Harmony Oaks Recovery Center’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT) track provides those who have been unable to succeed and achieve long-term sobriety in abstinence-based programs a medication-assisted solution which helps reduce the chance of relapse during and after treatment.

How Medication-Assisted Treatment Works

Our MAT track is normally 3 to 12 months in length and is managed as a long-term detox taper from opiates for patients who are unable to maintain their sobriety in abstinence-based programs. 

The low but reasonable doses prescribed by our facility are consistent with its purpose of being a risk-reduction and craving-reducing component of the program, rather than it being an indefinite replacement for the substances previously being taken. 

By the time a patient reaches the maximum program length of 12 months, medication has already stopped being prescribed and dosages throughout the months have been cut so low (even skipping certain days of the week by the end) that a total cutoff of the medication is commonly not bothersome at all, allowing patients to continue their journey to sobriety and move on to a substance-free lifestyle.

Is our Medication-Assisted Treatment right for you or your loved one?

While no one can make this decision for you, it’s best to consider what Medication-Assisted Treatment is, how it works and what it offers to see if our program matches your needs. Some of the questions you can ask yourself are: 

  • Do I have trouble maintaining my sobriety in abstinence-based treatment programs? 
  • Do I commonly relapse upon treatment completion or while in treatment? 
  • Do I want to be able to stay clean with the assistance of craving-reducing medications while working on my long-term goal of obtaining and maintaining long-term, total abstinence? 
  • Am I willing to take medications as prescribed and for their sole purpose of helping me maintain my sobriety while receiving treatment?

What our Medication-Assisted Treatment program is made of:

Our MAT track typically starts with a psychiatric evaluation to determine the need for medications and if there is a need, the proper dosage to be prescribed. Medications are observed by qualified staff members as they are taken and our medical/nursing staff closely watches reactions to the medications for possible dosage adjustments or discontinuation.  Medication levels are closely monitored on a continuous basis by means of urinalysis testing and dosage is decreased with time as the patient progresses through the different phases of treatment from Addiction to Sobriety, including: 
  • > Outpatient Detox 
  • > Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
  • > Intensive Outpatient (IOP) 
  • > Outpatient / Aftercare 
As medication dosages are subtly decreased throughout the treatment stay, the body’s dependence on them slowly reduces itself until towards the end of the program a very small dosage amount dispensed every few days. It then becomes comfortable to stop taking the medication altogether. Once medications are stopped, aftercare/outpatient treatment continues for a few weeks in order to monitor the patient’s progress in recovery and make sure enough support is provided to ensure a successful transition to complete abstinence. 

Next Steps

Choosing the right facility is a critical step in your recovery.

At Harmony Oaks Recovery Center, we are here for you every step of the way. To get started with your detox process please fill out the form or give our admissions team a call at: (423) 708-4961