“With medication assistance treatment (MAT), which is using a medicine to treat a disease, success rates are over 70 percent – 70 percent of people will be abstinent in one year.”
~ Raj Masih, the Potomac Highland Guild’s Substance Abuse Anti-Stigma Initiative
Per the National Center on Addiction and Substance, more than 1 out of every 7 US residents 12 and older have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Unfortunately, though, just 10% of them get the specialized professional treatment they need.
One of the most-effective types of addiction recovery strategies is Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT. This is the evidence-based utilization of behavioral counseling, supported by FDA-approved medications. In careful studies, certain medications have been shown to prevent relapse, reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and even reduce death from relapse. Thus, medications can help with long-term recovery.
Whatever effect a specific medication prescribed for addiction has, the bottom line is this – MAT is often part of effective recovery.
Let’s take a look at some of the medications prescribed during recovery from substance abuse.
DISCLAIMER: This list is presented for information only. Before taking ANY medication, talk to your personal physician about your substance use to determine what actions are right for you.
- Acamprosate (Campral) – Reduces cravings for alcohol in those patients who have already stopped drinking.
- Baclofen – When prescribed “off-label”, this muscle relaxant, which possesses both sedative and anxiety-relieving properties, has been shown to help some patients stay abstinent from alcohol. In one study, 71% of people taking baclofen for more than 12 weeks are able to remain alcohol-free.
- Benzodiazepine-class medications (Librium, Klonopin, and Valium) – These medications, which are often prescribed for anxiety or insomnia, can help alleviate the dangerous, sometimes fatal symptoms of alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal.
Lasting Recovery, a premier outpatient alcohol and drug rehab program in San Diego, supports the evidence-based use of medication and psychological support during recovery from addiction.
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