Addiction is a disease that affects people from all cultures, ethnicities, and locales. One of the groups prominently affected by addiction are our first-responders. For many of these first-responders, MAT in conjunction with traditional addiction treatment is a crucial treatment modality to help them regain a sense of wellness as well as be fit for duty.
What is MAT in Addiction Treatment?
MAT—or Medication Assisted Treatment is a staple offering to treat addiction. Medication assisted treatment combines treatment with medication and behavioral counseling that is standard is modern addiction treatment. This conjunctive therapy is highly effective in treating opioid use disorders, alcohol use disorders, and the like.
The purpose of MAT is to help the patient move into and maintain a full-recovery from addiction. According to SAMHSA, MAT is effective at:
- Reducing rates of mortality from relapse/overdose
- Increases patient retention rate in programs
- Improves employment outcomes for patients
These three points are incredibly important for anyone looking to lead an independent and fulfilling life, free from the grips of addiction. With MAT, the fear and sense of inevitability of physical damage or overdose and be pulled back, staying consistent in a program will be easier, and gaining and maintaining employment will be a real possibility.
MAT and Treating Comorbid Conditions
MAT is effective because addiction is not just a singular condition, but often 2 or more conditions that are comorbid—meaning they occur simultaneously and reinforce each other. A great example is that many first-responders, due to the inherently stressful nature of their jobs, may suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD. The Occupational Health & Safety magazine states that more firefighters and police officers died by suicide than in the line of duty.
Furthermore, PTSD and depression can be nearly 5 times higher in these professions than is commonly diagnosed among civilians.
It is very clear that while comorbidity is not exclusive to first responders, the first responder community suffers especially from mental health conditions. These mental health conditions must be managed for an addiction treatment program to work to its fullest.
In the case of comorbidity, it can be hard to determine what came first—addiction giving rise to mental health issues, or a pre-existing mental health condition that, left unaddressed, led to a substance use disorder.
Addiction Treatment Programs Wellington FL
The Re-Institute is a division of Compassionate Care Recovery. Our mission is to help those who put themselves on the line to ensure the safety and quality of our lives. The mental health of our first responders is precious, and so we are dedicated to providing addiction recovery services and a wealth of assessments and wellness based protocols for first responders.
Our addiction treatment programs are as follows:
- Medication Assisted Treatment
- Residential Level 1
- Intensive Outpatient
- Individual Treatment Programs
Contact Re-Institute today for addiction treatment in Wellington, FL. Our facility has access to an abundance of nature which we believe greatly aids in recovery and wellness.