Medication Assisted Treatment in Utah

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Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those with substance abuse and relatable disorders that may contribute to their substance abuse; this includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Medical Assistance for Addiction

When treating someone with an opioid addiction, medically-assisted recovery programs provide for the best and safest options available. A sobering fact from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 130 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses, and 10.3 million people misused prescription opioids in 2018. 

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Help is needed now than ever before and is why it’s crucial to have access to affordable medication-assisted treatment.

Medically-assisted treatment “is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies that provide a holistic approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders.” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) FDA-approved medications include Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol. These medications help ease the symptoms associated with withdrawal and curb drug cravings.

Drugs Approved for Addiction Recovery

There are increasingly more recovery centers that are employing medically-assisted protocols for addicted individuals. This, coupled with a holistic approach to treating addiction, has proven quite effective for those recovering from drug abuse. As stated above, there are three drugs currently approved for addiction treatment. They include:

Suboxone (Buprenorphine)

FDA approved Suboxone is a partial agonist, meaning it doesn’t fully bind to opiate receptors. The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone is effective for treating opioid withdrawal since it alleviates the physical symptoms, thus decreasing opioid cravings. If the person attempts to use the opioids while taking Suboxone, they will experience adverse effects; this is because naloxone counteracts the effects that opioids have on the brain.


The injectable medication is an antagonist designed to curb cravings for an extended period. It;s administered once a month during a medication-assisted treatment program. It helps stave off opioid cravings, eliminates physical symptoms of withdrawal, and prevents overdosing. The person taking the drug needs to abstain from any opiate for fourteen days before the first injection.

Medication-assisted treatment helps with these withdrawal symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain

Even though addiction affects people differently, medically-assisted treatment has been proven successful in combating the disease. This is because of how the medications impact the opioid receptors in the brain. They help patients with physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that can occur during the withdrawal process.

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