doctor explaining medication-assisted treatment programs virginiaUsing a combination of psychiatric services and prescribed medications, mental health and substance use issues can be overcome. At Insight Into Action Therapy, our medication-assisted treatment programs in Virginia provide individuals, couples, and families with the tools and resources they need to heal. Studies prove that when appropriately prescribed and combined with therapy, medication helps to significantly improve outcomes.

Our Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs Virginia

Anxiety disorders, as well as depressive disorders, respond well to several medications. Therefore, exploring the benefits of MAT programs makes sense. Perhaps the most common medication used in conjunction with therapy include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake Inhibitors) and serotonin antagonists. Because everyone’s genetic makeup is different and every experience with mental health issues unique, medication that works for one person may not work for another. Thus, after careful discussion and evaluation, the appropriate medication for clients will be determined. When taken appropriately and alongside therapeutic services, medications for anxiety or depression lead to significant improvements in symptoms.

It’s vital to pay attention to the medication clients are prescribed. Some medications can be addictive if there is lax supervision. Addictive medications such as benzodiazepines we recommend only for very short-term relief of extreme anxiety. They are never used as a long-term option, and require a specially-written prescription. For clients struggling with alcohol use disorder and working to maintain their sobriety, we recommend acamprosate (Campral). This drug has been proven to delay the number of days to relapse into dependent drinking, as well as limit the severity of a relapse if it occurs. Also, if a client is looking to abstain or moderate their drinking, naltrexone (Vivitrol) can blunt cravings. Regular use has been proven effective in helping people to moderate their alcohol use in one sitting.

At Insight Into Action Therapy, we believe in using appropriate non-addictive medications, proven for their results in long-term treatment.

Opioid Treatment Program

When dealing with prescription opioid addiction or other opioid abuse, there are several medication-assisted treatment programs available. Each of these treatments deploys a different medication to address the needs of the client. However, no matter the medication, clients participate in therapy to work through their issues. In this way, we address addiction both physically and mentally giving clients the best chance at a successful recovery.

One common medication is buprenorphine (Suboxone), which helps individuals reduce or quit their use of opiates. As a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine allows for reduced euphoria and physical dependence on opiates by suppressing symptoms of withdrawal and decreasing cravings. Our MAT program uses this alongside medication monitoring, drug screening, and therapy. We administer buprenorphine through an oral film, tablet, or injection lasting 24 hours.

Another medication Insight Into Action uses in our medication-assisted treatment programs is Vivitrol (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension). This medication helps prevent relapse for alcohol and opioid-dependent clients. As an opioid antagonist, Vivitrol works by blocking molecules from attaching to receptors, nullifying the euphoric effects of alcohol and opiates introduced to the body. The extended-release injection lasts for a month allowing clients to focus on the necessary lifestyle changes for a balanced recovery. Clients who have received the injection report a reduction in cravings and decreased effects of alcohol or opioids. Thus, as a non-addictive and proven means to help reduce heavy drinking in days, we combine this highly effective treatment with therapy.

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Insight Into Action Therapy

At Insight Into Action Therapy, we commit ourselves to getting you or your loved one the treatment necessary. Recovery means healing so you can return to living a vibrant life. Our medication-assisted treatment programs in Virginia give clients the resources they need. But we also provide several other therapeutic services such as:

These treatments in conjunction with our MAT program or separate from it, can help improve mental health and overcome substance use disorder. So reach out to us today at 703.935.8544 to learn more. Explore our options and discover how we can help you or your loved one.