Halfway Houses and Medication-Assisted Treatment
Halfway houses are long-term living environments specially designed to help men and women who are new to sobriety continue along in their recovery programs while effectively working through any recovery-related challenges that may arise. Generally speaking, halfway houses are gender-specific and enforce a strict set of rules and guidelines that help residents maintain sobriety while successfully navigating early recovery. These guidelines were designed to help teach residents how to function properly and begin developing the essential life skills they will need to maintain success in sobriety and their day-to-day lives when they do eventually make the transition back into fully independent living. it is important to know that there are many differences between inpatient treatment and sober living.
Individuals who transition from inpatient treatment to a halfway house will have a far greater level of personal freedom. Often individuals in transitional housing will not have access to a lot of the services that they had access to previously, like for example, Medication-assisted Treatment. However, it is important to note that if an individual is enrolled in an intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment program, he or she may still have access to this level of clinical care.
According to the Food and Drug Administration:
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help some people to sustain recovery.
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
MAT is most frequently used for the treatment of severe opioid use disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the year 2016 alone, 2.1 million us residents suffered from an opioid use disorder directly linked to prescription painkillers, and 262,000 US residents suffered at the hands of a heroin abuse disorder.
Medication-assisted treatment is utilized when a drug-related overdose is a serious impending threat. Medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone are combined with proven therapeutic methods and behavioral therapies to provide men and women with a comprehensive approach to clinical addiction treatment.
Medication-Assisted Treatment in Sober Living Homes
It is important to note that the MAT is never a standalone solution. To be truly effective, it must be combined with intensive therapeutic care. In most cases, this type of drug addiction treatment is offered in medical detox facilities and inpatient treatment centers. A halfway house or sober living home rarely offers MAT. However, if a resident is already taking a medication like buprenorphine or naltrexone and is in a program of intensive outpatient treatment, he or she will continue to take this medication under the careful observance of an experienced prescribing physician.
At Riverbend Residence we thoroughly understand the clinical benefits of certain opioid antagonist medications, and our support staff members are experienced in carefully administering these medications whenever they have been professionally prescribed. For more information on our halfway house or our medication management program, please feel free to contact us at (844) 505-3447 for more information today.
Riverbend Residence and MAT
While Riverbend Residence does not currently offer any Medication-assisted Treatment programs, we are happy to put our residents in touch with a medical professional or a treatment program that can help. We do, however, offer medication management, meaning that if a resident comes to us with a pre-existing prescription, our support staff members hold on to his or her medication and give it out whenever it is prescribed to be taken so that taking more than the recommended dose is not even a possibility.
We do everything we can to ensure that our residents stay on the right path, working towards long-term sobriety while continuing to lay a solid and lasting foundation in their recovery programs. For more information, feel free to reach out to us at any point in time – we are constantly standing by to help in any and every way possible.