The Effectiveness of MAT in Outpatient Mental Healthcare

Learn more about the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) at Mind Body Optimization.
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Our Approach to Wellness

Mind Body Optimization (MBO), located in Southlake and Plano, Texas, is an outpatient mental health and substance use treatment center. Our commitment to comprehensive wellness approach aligns with the principles of medication assisted treatment (MAT).

At MBO, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. This means we don’t just focus on what’s wrong, but also on the deeper reasons why someone might be struggling. This approach fosters lasting change and empowers people to take charge of their well-being.

If you’re seeking a supportive and personalized approach to mental healthcare, Mind Body Optimization may be the right fit for you.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Understanding MAT

Navigating the path to recovery from addiction can feel overwhelming, but help is out there.

Medication assisted treatment is a powerful tool that can be used in outpatient settings to empower people with substance use disorders. This is especially true for those involving opioids and alcohol.

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

MAT is an evidence-based approach that combines medications with therapy and counseling. This combination works together to address the complex challenges associated with addiction, providing a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to healing.1

By combining these aspects, medication assisted treatment (MAT) offers a holistic approach that addresses the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction. This increases the chances of long-term success.

Key Components of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs offer many tools to help people on their journey to recovery.
These programs often consist of several key components, including:

Comprehensive Evaluation

MAT starts with a thorough assessment completed by a qualified healthcare professional. This evaluation helps treatment providers understand the person’s needs. It also helps with finding the best medication assisted treatment (MAT) program for them.

Medication Management

The medications used in MAT are FDA-approved. These medications are crucial to help manage withdrawal, reduce cravings, and prevent relapse.
Examples include:2
  • Buprenorphine: This is a partial opioid agonist that activates the brain’s opioid receptors. This helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. However, it doesn’t cause the intense highs of other opioids.
  • Methadone: This is a full opioid agonist, meaning it fully binds to the brain’s opioid receptors. This blocks withdrawal symptoms and cravings for longer. Methadone programs often require more structured supervision due to its potential for dependence.
  • Naltrexone: This is an opioid antagonist. It blocks the effects of opioids at the brain’s receptor sites, preventing the feeling of euphoria and reducing the motivation to use.

Counseling and Behavioral Therapies

Besides medication, counseling and therapy are key to medication assisted treatment (MAT). These therapies teach skills and strategies to address the emotional and behavioral aspects of addiction.
Therapy fosters resilience and promotes long-term recovery and may include:
Each therapy focuses on developing healthy coping methods. It also covers relapse prevention and helps with rebuilding a fulfilling life.
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs integrate these key aspects to offer a full and supportive framework. This framework empowers people on their recovery journey.

Holistic Integration of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is a foundational pillar that provides a solid base for many individuals in recovery. However, true healing involves addressing the various aspects of a person’s life. This is where the holistic integration of MAT comes in.
Beyond medication, MAT programs aim to heal the whole person, addressing the following aspects of well-being:
  • Physical: Managing withdrawal symptoms and preventing relapse through medication.
  • Emotional: Addressing underlying emotional issues that may have contributed to addiction through individual and group therapies.
  • Social: Rebuilding healthy relationships and support networks through family therapy and support groups.
To further enhance the effectiveness of MAT, complementary approaches can be incorporated, such as:

Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness practices encourage people to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment. This allows them to understand their triggers better and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Techniques like meditation and yoga can help people:3

  • Develop self-awareness
  • Manage stress
  • Build emotional regulation skills
This can be particularly helpful in managing cravings and reducing the risk of relapse.

Trauma Therapy

If past trauma is a contributing factor to addiction, specialized therapy can help. Trauma therapies help people process and heal from those experiences. This can reduce their vulnerability to relapse.

One specific form of trauma therapy often used with MAT is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR stimulates the brain through bilateral eye movements, sounds, or other methods.

This is done while clients revisit traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment. This process can help people reduce the pain of these memories. It can also help them gain a healthier view of the past.4

Support Groups

Connecting with others who understand the challenges of addiction can provide a sense of belonging. This can foster encouragement and accountability along the road to recovery. Support groups come in all shapes and sizes.
Whether someone’s dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, or something else, there’s likely a group out there that meets their needs. Some groups are based on shared diagnoses, while others are more general, focusing on recovery and well-being.

Benefits of Support Groups

Joining a support group can be a powerful step toward healing. It allows people to:
  • Feel heard and understood
  • Gain new perspectives
  • Find encouragement and support
  • Reduce feelings of isolation
By including these elements with MAT, treatment programs can create a comprehensive and supportive ecosystem that empowers people to heal on a deeper level. Addressing the various facets of their lives and promoting long-term well-being.

Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT offers many benefits that can enhance the chances of recovery success, such as:5

Reduced Cravings and Withdrawal Symptoms

Medications used in MAT work by affecting the brain’s reward system. This can significantly reduce cravings for addictive substances.
These medications can also help manage withdrawal symptoms. This makes the initial stages of recovery less physically challenging. It also allows people to focus on other aspects of treatment.

Lower Risk of Relapse and Overdose

By addressing the biological factors contributing to addiction, MAT can decrease the risk of relapse. This is crucial for long-term success in managing addiction and preventing setbacks. Medications like methadone and buprenorphine can lower the risk of death after an overdose.6

Improved Retention in Treatment

Relief from cravings and withdrawal makes people more likely to stay in treatment. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) can act as a bridge. This makes recovery easier and raises the chances of people finishing their treatment.

Enhanced Quality of Life

As people progress through MAT, they often experience an improvement in their quality of life. This can include better physical and mental health, improved relationships, and a renewed sense of purpose.
MAT doesn’t just address the immediate symptoms; it also paves the way for long-term recovery. By promoting stabilization, people can focus on addressing the root causes of their addiction and develop healthier ways to cope.
MAT also allows for tapering medications over time. This supports people in their journey to lasting recovery without depending on medication alone. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) empowers people to reclaim their lives and succeed in recovery.

Experience A Personalized Path to Healing

At Mind Body Optimization, we understand that each person’s journey to mental well-being is unique. Our mission is to empower each client to reach their full potential with treatment plans to address their needs and goals.

MBO’s philosophy emphasizes collaboration and sustainable change. We believe in working alongside clients to develop treatment that feels right for them. This collaboration fosters long-lasting positive changes rather than temporary solutions.

To achieve this, we offer a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps people identify and change negative thinking patterns. These patterns often contribute to emotional distress. CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This approach teaches the skills to challenge and change unhelpful thinking patterns.7

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of CBT that was initially developed to treat borderline personality disorder. It teaches people skills to handle difficult emotions, improve communication, and build strong relationships.8

DBT skills training includes:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotional regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness

Motivational interviewing (MI)

MI is a collaborative, client-centered approach to counseling. This approach helps people explore their motivations for change and build their commitment to achieving their goals.9
The therapist uses a variety of techniques to help the client:
  • Explore their ambivalence about change
  • Identify their reasons for wanting to change
  • Develop a plan to achieve their goals

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of psychotherapy that goes beyond traditional talk therapy. It’s an immersive and hands-on approach that uses expressive tools and activities to help people:

  • Explore their emotions
  • Process difficult experiences
  • Develop new coping mechanisms

Experiential Therapy Techniques

Unlike talk therapy, which primarily relies on verbal communication, experiential therapy utilizes creative and engaging methods to facilitate deeper self-exploration and emotional processing.10
These methods may include:
  • Role-playing: This technique allows people to re-enact past experiences or practice communication skills in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Art therapy: Expressing oneself through art, like painting, drawing, or sculpting, can be a powerful way to access emotions. It can help explore feelings that might be hard to put into words.
  • Movement therapy: This therapy uses body movement, dance, or exercise. It helps people connect with their bodies, release emotions, and improve self-awareness.
The techniques used in experiential therapy vary depending on the person’s needs and preferences, as well as the therapist’s expertise.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

MBO understands that treating one condition is not enough for those with co-occurring conditions. Treatment for dual diagnosis is designed to address both mental health conditions and substance use at the same time.11

Clients will work with a team of professionals specializing in mental health and addiction. This ensures a comprehensive treatment plan and addresses all the individual’s needs.

MBO’s dual diagnosis treatment involves combining various therapies to address all aspects of a person. This combined approach helps people develop coping mechanisms and manage their condition effectively.

MBO’s Emphases on Whole-Person Wellness

Besides these treatments, MBO also recognizes the importance of whole-person wellness. We include practices like meditation and mindfulness into the treatment plan to support mental and emotional health.

If you’re looking for a supportive and personalized approach to mental health care, Mind Body Optimization may be a good fit for you. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Taking Charge of Your Journey with MBO

The road to recovery from addiction is unique to each person. However, medication assisted treatment (MAT) has proven to be a powerful tool for many people struggling with substance use disorders.
Healing is a varied journey that goes beyond just treating addiction’s symptoms. A holistic approach is crucial for long-term success.
This approach should include:
We work with you to determine the best path forward for your needs, including incorporating holistic approaches into your treatment plan. We provide support every step of the way.

Your Partner on the Path to Wellness

If you’re seeking comprehensive, evidence-based care for mental health and substance use disorders, Mind Body Optimization can be your partner on this journey.
Though we do not currently offer MAT, MBO offers a variety of other approaches and works collaboratively with you to develop a path toward healing and well-being.

Contact Mind Body Optimization Today

Reach out to us today to explore our outpatient program and various services offered by our experienced professionals. Contact us at (972) 590-9909 or reach out online for more information.

Remember, you deserve to live a fulfilling and healthy life, and MBO is here to support you on your journey toward achieving it. Sustainable healing starts here.