Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications prescribed by experienced physicians to treat substance use disorder and help prevent opioid overdose. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids, such as heroin, as well as prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. These medications work to lessen patients’ cravings for opiates, thus helping them abstain from substance use with the goal of promoting lasting recovery.
“National and international health organizations, such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the World Health Organization, consider MAT an evidence-based best practice for treating opioid use disorder.”
(SAMSHA Winter 2016)
“Research has shown buprenorphine to be an effective pharmacotherapy for treating opioid use disorder. Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of buprenorphine through patient retention and reductions in opioid-positive drug test results.”
(SAMSHA Winter 2016)
Medication-assisted treatment is administered by physicians who have extensive, hands-on experience in addiction medicine. Victory Recovery Partners (VRP) offers a variety of effective medications for substance use disorder, including:
- Suboxone (buprenorphine)
- Probuphine Implants
The facilities at VRP are new, comfortable, and welcoming. We believe this will give patients a sense of well-being, along with a desire to continue being cared for in our facilities.
VRP’s medication-assisted treatment program includes the following phases, which are designed to most effectively help patients with their substance use disorder and achieve long-term, lasting recovery:
- Patient Intake – Completion of registration packet, and review of insurance or payment information.
- Induction Phase – Brief clinical assessment, collection of vital signs and other customary tests, and determination of initial medication dosing by VRP medical doctor.
- Maintenance Phase – Continued medication assisted treatment and monitoring of recovery results.
- Stabilization – Possible tapering of medication, if patient and provider agree this is appropriate.
What to Expect
All patients are treated by board certified physicians or physician assistants who have deep experience in addiction medicine. Typically, patients visit VRP once per month for their medication-assisted treatment and prescriptions, but VRP providers may recommend more frequent visits when medically appropriate.
Below are the specifics of what patients can expect when they enter the VRP program:
- Physical evaluation, full medical examination
- Toxicology tests
- Laboratory work
- Psychosocial assessment
- Written treatment agreement with patient
- Individualized plan summarizing full patient situation
- Identification of deficiencies in health maintenance
- Education of how to use preventive services
- Diagnosis and list of co-occurring problems
- Selected medication and its rationale
- Monthly visits
- Quarterly comprehensive evaluations
All patients are treated by board certified physicians or physician assistants with deep experience in addiction medicine.
VRP does not fill prescriptions or dispense medications, but rather directs patients to any of several pharmacies that are most convenient for them to pick up their medications.
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