It is the use of medication combined with counseling and therapy to treat people suffering from substance abuse. Medication and therapy have been proven to treat drug addiction. The medication works to block the effects of alcohol and other drugs, reduce cravings and normalize the functions of the body without the negative effects of the abused substance. A number of advantages come in handy with medication assisted treatment.
It helps one to function without withdrawal symptoms and thus leading to a more successful recovery. Medication works to help a person avoid relapse by normalizing the brain function. The medication also assists in reducing cravings for the abused substance. It helps to reduce the mortality rate caused by overdose on drugs. Medication assisted treatment helps one to recover and focus on the life goals and work on the accomplishment of the goals towards a good, healthy and sustainable life.
Medication assisted treatment can help one to change their habits and behaviors thus helping one to change their life. The medication helps to reduce the risk of one getting infected by diseases that may be caused by the usage of the drug or method of drug intake. It has helped in the reduction of drug related violence and criminal activities. It is through medication assisted treatment that one can be helped to lead a healthy, happy and safe environment for the addict as well as the society. It leads to a more successful recovery from the drug.
Medication Assisted Treatment can help a person to stop thinking about the drug and this allows the person to focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Aspects of spiritual addiction and mental addiction can also be dealt with through medication assisted treatment. Medication assisted treatment can help one to deal with drug related problems at work and by changing the person’s behavior the rehabilitated addict will be more productive and be financially stable.
The medication prevents withdrawal symptoms that may cause many medical complications that may be harmful to the unborn baby and that’s why the medication aims to provide a healthy and favorable environment for the baby. The medication protects the baby from being affected by the withdrawal symptoms. The medication can be taken at home and does not necessarily need hospitalization. It can be accessed for both outpatient and inpatient addicts. Medication assisted treatment also helps one to focus on long-term recovery and not just focusing on withdrawal symptoms. It also a good way to help mend relationships that had been broken due to drug related problems. The medication is also safe and cost effective.