Top-Rated Medically Assisted Treatment Program in Los Angeles
Individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, initially struggle with stopping substance abuse due to extremely uncomfortable withdrawals and intense cravings. Medically assisted treatment programs in Los Angeles at Sylvan Detox can help those who are ready to quit substance abuse but have been unsuccessful on their own in the past. Medications and around-the-clock care can help reduce or even eliminate withdrawals to make the detox process significantly easier.
Medically assisted treatment can be used throughout the recovery process. While various psychotherapies can help uncover and heal the underlying causes of addiction, it can take several weeks or months to see results. Medications can be used to ease co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression while the patient learns and implements healthier coping mechanisms. Medications can also help ease other lingering withdrawal symptoms seen in a post-acute withdrawal syndrome.
While MAT is an important tool in substance abuse and recovery, it is only one part of a comprehensive treatment program. Sylvan Detox in Los Angeles offers top-rated drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Our programs incorporate various therapies and services to help patients gain control of their substance abuse and find long-term recovery. Medical detox will use various FDA-approved medications to ease withdrawals and cravings, prescription medications like beta blockers to keep vitals in check, psychiatric drugs to calm the nervous system and reduce the risk of hallucinations, and holistic therapies to ensure safety and comfort during drug detox.
After completing drug detox, patients can easily transition into our rehab programs. Our multidisciplinary staff are trained in a wide range of addiction treatment modalities to create individualized treatment plans that address every unique issue of substance use disorders. Therapies you can expect at Sylvan Detox include cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, family counseling, 12 step counseling, holistic therapies, vocational and life skills training, relapse prevention, and nutritional and exercise counseling.
What Is MAT?
Medically assisted treatment (MAT) is one of several types of addiction therapies used in substance abuse and mental health disorder recovery programs. It is the practice of using medications to help individuals with addiction and mental illness overcome their symptoms. Specifically, in substance abuse, it is used to reduce cravings and withdrawals. It is also beneficial in dual diagnosis treatment to ease mental health disorder symptoms. MAT is most effective when used in conjunction with behavioral health therapy and psychotherapy, not as a stand-alone treatment.
Medication-assisted treatment can be used for both short-term and long-term recovery programs. At Sylvan Detox, MAT is a major component of our medical detox program to ensure safety during the withdrawal process, as some substances can produce dangerous or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Even without dangerous withdrawals, they can still be extremely uncomfortable and even painful, which often causes those attempting to stop substance abuse to quickly relapse. Our MAT program will help ease the process and provide you with more comfort, ensuring you complete the detox process.
When MAT is used during the detox process, it can be lifesaving. Substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines can pose dangerous and even fatal withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, cardiac arrest, and respiratory failure. Generally, longer and more severe addictions are more likely to lead to dangerous symptoms. However, there is no way to accurately predict who or when these symptoms will appear. Going through medically assisted detox at a treatment facility is always the safest way to detox and will also ensure you complete the withdrawal process.
MAT is used throughout the recovery process, even aftercare programs, and can provide several benefits. Some uses of MAT include:
- Alleviating withdrawal symptoms and cravings during detox.
- Ensuring patient safety throughout the withdrawal process.
- Blocking a substance’s ability to create a high.
- Deterrent for consuming drugs or alcohol by causing adverse effects if a substance is consumed.
- Treating co-occurring disorders commonly seen in substance abuse and addiction including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD.
What To Expect During MAT?
Medically assisted treatment is most common during drug and alcohol detox, the first stage in addiction recovery programs. Although, it can be useful throughout the recovery process and part of relapse prevention plans. The first step in medical detox is for our medical team at Sylvan Detox to perform a full evaluation of your health systems and addiction history. With this information, our clinicians can gain an idea of what you will expect during detox and prepare a personalized treatment plan to ease the withdrawal process. Individuals with severe or prolonged alcohol addiction will be closely monitored 24/7 to watch for more dangerous withdrawal symptoms and may even administer medications to prevent dangerous symptoms.
You will be given a tour of the facility and a clinician will discuss your treatment plan with you. Once you are checked into your room, you will be monitored by a team of doctors, nurses, and counselors around the clock to ensure your vitals are stable and quickly act in the event of a medical emergency. Our detox facility is adequately stocked with various medications and equipment to treat any type of addiction withdrawal symptom. Medical staff will connect an IV drip to ensure you are well hydrated throughout the process as well.
Withdrawal symptoms can arise within hours of your last dose or drink. Medical staff will administer medications to ease withdrawals as they arise. Several types of medications are used during medically assisted treatment including FDA-approved medication for withdrawals, over-the-counteranti-seizure medications, and psychiatric drugs. Some medications you may be given include sedatives, anti seizure medications, and anti-nausea medications. Withdrawal symptoms should end within 3 to 10 days, depending on the substance(s) abused.
Some specific medications used in medically assisted treatment include:
Antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs – mental health symptoms are common in recovery and psychiatric drugs can help relieve mental health symptoms as behavioral health and psychotherapy techniques are implemented.
Antipsychotics – hallucinations are a possibility in severe withdrawal cases, in which case antipsychotics can help control them.
Beta-blockers – keeps blood pressure and heart rate controlled during withdrawals as they can reach dangerous levels.
Benzodiazepines – used as a sedative and an anti-seizure medications during alcohol and drug detox. It is intended for short term use only as it comes with a high abuse potential.
Buprenorphine – reduces opioid withdrawals and cravings.
Disulfiram – used in relapse prevention plans, blocks the breakdown of alcohol in the body which leads the person to feel extremely ill if they ingest alcohol while using this medication.
Methadone – a long lasting opioid agonist with relieve cravings and withdrawals, however it has the potential to be habit forming.
Naltrexone – reduces the pleasurable effects of alcohol and opioids. It is used in the early stages of recovery as well as relapse prevention plans.
Narcan – an opioid antagonist, which is not intended for opioid addiction treatment, but rather used to reverse opioid overdose, which are common in relapse cases.
The medications used will depend on your specific recovery treatment plan. It can include a combination of these medications or many others. Medication-assisted treatment is meant to be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that will include various behavioral health therapies and group counseling to address the underlying causes of addiction.
Why Choose Sylvan Detox For Medically Assisted Treatment for Addiction
Medically assisted treatment can greatly enhance other addiction therapies in rehab programs. Sylvan Detox is a top-rated, Joint Commission-accredited treatment facility in Los Angeles. We offer residents of Los Angeles and throughout the country the opportunity to recover from addiction in our private, 6-bed, luxury facility. Treatment programs are clinically based and individualized. Patients receive 24/7 medical supervision from board board-certified certified doctors and nurses while residing in comfortable, semi-private rooms furnished with high-quality mattresses, plush bedding, and fresh linens. With Sylvan Detox, you do not have to choose between quality, evidence-based treatment, and comfort.
Other amenities residents can take advantage of our spacious outdoor and indoor areas. Our treatment facility includes TVs, a basketball court, a pool table, a community lounge area, a ping pong table, and tons of board games and cards to decompress during your down time. Medically assisted treatment includes freshly prepared, nutritious meals by our private chef and housekeeping services. Patients can also work on improving their physical and mental health through yoga, exercise, and meditation classes.
After completing medical detox, patients can easily transition into our drug and alcohol rehab program. Treatment plans will be personalized with various addiction therapies and holistic treatments to heal the body, mind, and spirit from the effects of addiction. Programs will include individual therapy, group therapy, family counseling, 12-step programming, holistic therapies, and dual diagnosis treatment. Before leaving our treatment facility, you will create a solid aftercare program with our counselors which can include resources and connections to outpatient treatment and sober living facilities.
If you are struggling with drug addiction, gain back control of your life starting today and enjoy sober living in Los Angeles by calling us and beginning the admissions process as space is limited.