At GIA, we believe addiction stems from a physiologic disorder, just like diabetes or high blood pressure. And just like in those disorders, medications are used to assist in their management. Addiction is no different. And just as in diabetes or hypertension, we use highly personalized cutting-edge medication-assisted treatment — or “MAT” — therapy to address the biochemical imbalances contributing to the cravings to help our patients achieve more protracted periods of sobriety and minimize any subsequent relapses.
Understanding the Role of Medication-Assisted Treatment Therapy in Addiction Therapy
Addictive drugs stimulate the neural pathways that are involved in the learning of “normal behaviors.” The neurological sense of reward – neurochemical release – is what causes the feeling of pleasure stimulated by addictive drugs. Drugs, however, amplify this neuronal pathway of stimulation and can cause a massive neurotransmitter release. This enormous influx of neurotransmitters causes changes in the brain’s pathways in the understanding of satisfaction and reward and appears to play a crucial role in causing addiction.
Prolonged drug use desensitizes the brain to the feelings of reward, and the threshold of need to satisfy grows higher. Thus, the brain thinks it needs more to reach what was the previously “normal” threshold, and as such, drug-seeking behavior occurs. The drive of the brain to seek to obtain the neurotransmitter release to satisfy the feeling of need can become an individual’s overwhelming quest. In short, it can take over a person’s life because their brain has been reprogrammed and is unable to enjoy or feel reward in the “simple” things that a healthy brain would. When an individual struggling with addiction denies their brain the substance, they are no longer able to feel pleasure, and without this massive neurotransmitter release, the brain can plunge into depression. Thus begins withdrawal syndrome. And this is when relapse will occur.
Every patient who takes advantage of MAT therapy at GIA will have a detailed assessment to understand the neurochemistry of their brain. This is the benefit of precision neuropharmacotherapy. We help you down the path of reprogramming your brain.
The Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment Therapy at GIA
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Recovery Research Institute have clearly shown that when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities – like intense cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, or group therapy – MAT therapy can be a very effective means of combatting substance abuse problems. Studies show again and again that:
- Patients tend to stay in their therapy programs longer.
- Their rates of relapse and recidivism decrease.
- Patients’ employment rates increase.
- Women struggling with addiction have more successful pregnancies.
- Mortality rates among patients with substance abuse problems decrease.
Medication-Assisted Treatment Therapy at GIA Miami
After an extensive evaluation, our team of board-certified physicians will decide upon an effective personalized plan of MAT therapy for you. The following is a list of some of the MAT treatments that we offer at GIA Miami.
- Suboxone — used in the treatment of opioid and opiate addiction
- Bupropion, varenicline, and various nicotine replacement strategies — used in the treatment of nicotine addiction
- Naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram, topiramate — used in the treatment of alcohol addiction
- Rapid detoxification when appropriate
- Treatments for concomitant neurochemical imbalances causing anxiety, depression, and other issues
Contact GIA Miami to Learn More
If you or someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know how hopeless it can feel. The team of world-renowned addiction specialists at GIA is here to provide the tools and support you need to overcome your addiction. And in addition to employing strategies like talk therapy and stress-management programs, our clinically based, scientifically tested approach involves providing you with the medication-assisted treatment therapy you need to begin your journey towards long-term mental and physical well-being. Contact GIA online or call us at 833.713.0828. We’re here to help you leave addiction behind.