Medication-Assisted Treatment

Our leading clinicians carefully tailor a client’s medication assisted treatment based on the individual’s needs as all of the medications used cater to different issues and produce varying results.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment in NJ

Substance use disorders are complex and, as a result, require innovative solutions for treatment and the pathway to recovery. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) refers to using medications in treatment, in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies, enabling clients to reach a sustainable long-term recovery.

MAT is often used to treat addictions to opioids, such as heroin, and prescription pills like oxycodone that contain opioids. The medications prescribed during MAT vary depending on the type of substance abuse disorder in question, the severity of the addiction, and the client’s mental health condition. Treatment can include antidepressants, methadone, Subutex, naltrexone implants (Vivitrol), and Antabuse.

Our leading clinicians carefully tailor a client’s medication-assisted treatment based on the individual’s needs, as all of the medications used to cater to different issues and produce varying results. Some medications aim to restore neurotransmitter levels in the brain, restoring chemical balance within clients’ brains. Other medications seek to lessen withdrawal symptoms to avoid severe discomfort or death that can result from non-medically assisted detoxification of certain substances.

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Utilizing Antidepressants During Treatment

Antidepressants can be prescribed during MAT to counteract clinical depression and suicidal thoughts. The pharmaceutical goal is to increase the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that control different aspects of our thinking, such as mood and emotion. The prescription of antidepressants is not limited to any certain type of substance use disorder, as their purpose of restoring neurotransmitter levels in the brain can be useful for different disorders and individuals.

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Withdrawal Management

We offer a variety of options for those in need of medically-supervised withdrawal management including inpatient detox.

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Our partial hospitalization program in New Jersey offers you the best parts of inpatient treatment without the stay.

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The IOP program in New Jersey at Excel provides flexibility and accessibility when seeking treatment.


Our outpatient rehab in New Jersey is here to help you on your journey to long-term recovery from addiction.

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MAT for Opioid Addiction

Medications Used for Opioid Addiction

Having been the most popular and widely used choice for decades in combating opioid use disorders, methadone has established itself as a well-proven and effective medication that can significantly aid in curbing opioid addiction. Administered orally, methadone is considered safe for long-term use while discontinuing opioid consumption, provided it is used appropriately and under medical supervision. In cases of severe addiction, attempting to quit without the assistance of medication can result in intense and distressing withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, when prescribed, methadone is typically used daily during detoxification, ensuring a more controlled and manageable transition toward recovery.

Buprenorphine, sold under the brand name Subutex, is used for opioid addiction once withdrawal symptoms have begun. Subutex comes in tablets or films which are dissolved under the tongue. The goal of this medication is to suppress and reduce cravings for opioids, with high doses making it almost impossible to feel the effects of further opiates.

Subutex must be administered when the client is already in withdrawal. Otherwise, it can put them into a severe instantaneous withdrawal. This is why it is recommended that a client is induced into this in a controlled environment. It is also important to note that Subutex can only be taken for a limited amount of time, as it has the potential to increase opioid dependency when overused.

A naltrexone implant is placed under the skin, which releases over a period of several months and blocks the user from feeling the effects of any opiate. Unlike with other medications where a client can accidentally miss a dose, forget an appointment, or skip a dose in order to revert to their addiction, these implants work for months at a time with no additional effort. Other medications may only work for a few days at a time, but naltrexone implants slowly release, relieving the pressure of remembering each dose.


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MAT for Alcohol Abuse

Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder

When alcohol is consumed, the body metabolizes it into something called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a toxic substance that is responsible for many of the poor feelings and hangover symptoms users may experience after a night of heavy drinking.

Antabuse is a medication commonly used to treat alcoholism. It interferes with the metabolization process of alcohol in the body by stopping the oxidation of acetaldehyde into acetic acid. Instead, it causes a build-up of acetaldehyde which is 5 to 10 times greater than what would be normal after drinking alcohol. Antabuse offers an incentive not to drink because if someone is using Antabuse drinks, their body will fail to break it down naturally and cause extreme discomfort.

Rather than supplement their physical need for alcohol with smaller amounts of a similar substance, Antabuse is a physical and psychological deterrent for drinking alcohol. Anyone who is willing to try Antabuse needs to be aware of the consequences of what can happen if they drink alcohol. Some foods, like vinegar, must also be avoided to ensure no discomfort.

Side effects of consuming alcohol while on Antabuse may include:

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; it is vital to consult a healthcare professional for comprehensive information and guidance.

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