MAT Addiction Treatment in Woodland Hills 

Making the decision to tackle your opioid addiction or your alcohol abuse issues is one that should be celebrated. When a person is ready to work through the addiction issues that have been holding them back in their life, it’s key that they have every tool available to them so that they can go on to live a healthier and more successful life. In recent years, there have been several tremendous developments when it comes to different medications that can be used to better manage cravings, block the effects of some of these addictive substances and set yourself up for overall success. 

Medication-assisted treatment is an option that we offer to our clients in Woodland Hills. Taking advantage of these medication options can help you to better navigate through the challenges that you may face when you’re ready to conquer your addiction. When you have the right type of care and guidance from trained addiction specialists, you have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re taking steps to face your addiction head-on. 

There are several misconceptions that are associated with medication-assisted treatment. For example, there are many people who believe that participating in this form of addiction treatment is akin to trading one addiction for another due to the fact that some of the medication that is used during this MAT has addictive qualities. However, when this medication is taken under the strict direction 

What Is MAT?

Medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT, is something that is initially used during your time in detox. Going through detox for opioid withdrawal or alcohol withdrawal is something that can be difficult for any person. There are many people who mistakenly believe that they just need to deal with their alcohol cravings or opioid cravings as part of their recovery process. Our treatment facility disagrees with this premise. Through medication-assisted treatment, you can ease the traumatic effects that you may face during the time that you’re experiencing withdrawal symptoms. 

To ensure that medication-assisted treatment is beneficial to you during the time of alcohol or opioid withdrawal, it’s imperative that you’re upfront and honest with our treatment team regarding the extent of your alcohol addiction or opioid addiction. The severity of your withdrawal symptoms is dependent on a number of factors. Even though it’s impossible to predict the type of detox symptoms you will experience, your recovery team can put together better treatment plans when they understand the scope of your substance abuse. 

On average, detox is something that will last approximately seven days. You can expect to start experiencing withdrawal symptoms within just a few hours from the time that you take your last drink or abuse your last substance. Over the next few hours, your withdrawal symptoms will continue to get progressively worse before they peak approximately three days in. While it may seem like a more appealing option to try to stay home and simply “tough out” your withdrawal symptoms, the reality is that this could be a fatal mistake. Withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, cravings, shakiness, and a myriad of other physical or psychological stresses which will make it impossible for you to care for yourself. In severe cases, there is a possibility that you may experience a seizure or even death as a result of your withdrawal symptoms which is why you should never attempt to go through detox unless you’re under the care of a trained medical professional. 

What To Expect During MAT?

After your time in detox, you will be in a better place to focus on capitalizing on your treatment plans by participating in a residential inpatient program or an outpatient treatment plan. Before you make this decision, it’s important that you understand the difference between these two different health treatment options. You will still be able to continue your medication-assisted treatment program. 

An inpatient treatment program allows you to live on our beautiful treatment campus. You will enjoy the around-the-clock care of our addiction treatment team and interact with others that are also working through an inpatient recovery program. An inpatient treatment program is a great way to change the people, places, and things around you if you feel like your current environment is too toxic to be able to establish and maintain your sobriety. 

There are many people who are unable to commit to this type of treatment structure, however. This doesn’t mean that you need to give up on your goals of sobriety, however. If you’re unable to commit to an inpatient program as a result of work, school, or other responsibilities, you can always opt to work through an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient treatment programs such as partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, or general outpatient programs are more flexible and will allow you to see to these important responsibilities while still meeting the goals that you have for your recovery. Your treatment team will work with you closely in putting together this type of treatment program to ensure that you can make the most out of your time in recovery. 

Although medication-assisted treatment is something that can help you to feel more stable and confident in your decision to get sober, it’s not the end all be all when it comes to the work that you have to do throughout the time that you’re in treatment. You will also need to participate in different forms of addiction therapy so that you can develop a better understanding of the root cause of your addiction. Here are just a few examples of addiction therapy that you will experience during the time that you’re working through your treatment program: 

Individual therapy 

During individual therapy, you will have the chance to connect with your treatment team regarding certain events in your life that contributed to your addiction. There are likely events in your life that you may not be ready to share in a group setting. Individual therapy will give you the platform that you need to address these issues in a private setting. You can also discuss any concerns or changes that you want to make to your addiction treatment plan. 

Group therapy 

If you have ever attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, you will notice that the premise of a group therapy session follows a similar model as these types of meetings. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences regarding the topics at hand and also listen to others during this period of time. Actively and honestly participating in group therapy can help you to begin to develop your system of support which is something that is instrumental during your recovery. 

Family therapy 

Have you experienced issues with your family as a result of your addiction? If the answer is yes, then you wouldn’t be the first person to have this type of experience. Once you come to a place in your recovery where you’re ready to start to put these relationships back together, we can help you to coordinate family therapy. Family therapy can aid you in reestablishing these relationships which is something that can prove to be incredibly helpful to you. When you have the support and backing from your family, along with healthy relationships with them, you may feel more encouraged to continue on in your recovery. 

Behavioral therapy 

Did you know that it’s not uncommon for an individual to develop a mental health issue as a result of their addiction? It’s also possible for a person to develop an addiction due to an unknown mental health issue. The combination of addiction, as well as mental health issues, can cause you to exhibit behaviors that are not beneficial to your sobriety or your recovery. Behavioral therapy can help you identify these behaviors and know what steps you need to take to change them. As part of your MAT program, we can provide you with the opportunity to participate in behavioral therapy as well as receive the medication that you may need to treat your mental health issues. Our goal is to work toward removing the stigma of mental health concerns and provide our clients with the resources that they need. 

Why Choose Sylvan Detox For Medically Assisted Treatment for Addiction

When you partner with Sylvan Detox for your substance abuse treatment programs, you can take comfort in the fact that you will receive the around-the-clock care and support that you need from a team of addiction specialists. Regardless of whether your addiction to opioids or alcohol addiction is a recent development in your life or you have been struggling with substance abuse for years, our team will take the time to learn more about you so that we can help you put together a plan for residential inpatient treatment or an outpatient treatment program. For more information about our medication-assisted treatment, please get in touch with us today. Our treatment team is available around the clock so don’t hesitate to reach out to us when you’re ready.