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Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Tres Vistas Recovery

Addiction Medicine & Addiction Treatment Centers located in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Addiction to opioid painkillers, heroin, or alcohol has a lasting effect on brain chemistry, making it extremely difficult to fight the urge to use substances. Medically-assisted treatment (MAT) with FDA-approved addiction medications can help you resist intense cravings and ensure you have a safe detoxification period while reducing withdrawal symptoms. Daniel Headrick, MD, and other skilled providers at Tres Vistas Recovery have the training and expertise to offer safe MAT programs to qualifying patients. To find out if you or someone you love is a candidate for MAT, call the office in San Juan Capistrano, California today.

Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Q & A

What is medically-assisted treatment (MAT)?

Medically-assisted treatment, also known as medication-assisted treatment or MAT, utilizes prescription medications specifically designed to address physical dependence on opioids, alcohol, and other substances.

Addiction medications can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and lessen the urge to use substances. When combined with counseling and other inpatient recovery services, MAT reduces your risk of relapse and increases your chance of making a long-lasting recovery from addiction.

The staff at Tres Vistas Recovery have extensive training in addiction medication. They design personalized MAT plans designed to help individuals detox from substances and support them as they work their way to complete recovery.

Am I a candidate for MAT?

If you or someone you love suffers from a physical dependency on drugs or alcohol, MAT may help them safely detoxify when they choose to stop using the substance. Not everyone with substance use disorder requires medical detox. And certain factors could rule you out as a candidate for MAT, such as:

  • Currently taking medication that negatively interacts with MAT
  • Health conditions that addiction medicine could exacerbate
  • Lack of motivation to achieve sobriety


A physician at Tres Vistas Recovery performs a comprehensive physical and psychiatric evaluation before designing your recovery plan to determine if you can benefit from medically-assisted treatment.

What does medically-assisted treatment involve? 

The experts at Tres Vistas Recovery use FDA-approved addiction medications. The most common of these medications include:

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine (brand name Subutex®) has a similar effect on the body as opioids. However, buprenorphine doesn’t cause the euphoria or “high” of heroin and prescription painkillers. Buprenorphine lessens withdrawal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and body aches, during detox.

Naloxone

Naloxone (brand name Suboxone®) is a medicine that blocks opioid receptors in your brain, so you can’t get high if you use heroin or prescription opioids. It helps deter you from using substances during detox and in the first stages of your recovery.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol®) is another medicine that blocks receptors in your brain. Naltrexone can minimize the euphoric effects of both opioids and alcohol. Monthly Vivitrol® injections can help prevent relapse through the long-term recovery process.

Sublocade

Sublocade® is a simple, subcutaneous injection of extended-release buprenorphine that your provider administers once a month. The buprenorphine in sublocade binds to opioid receptors and helps to wean people off of opioids.

When you receive medically-assisted treatment in addition to therapy, you have a better chance of resisting the urge to use drugs or alcohol. To find out if you qualify for MAT, schedule a confidential consultation at Tres Vistas Recovery. Call the office today or request an appointment online.