Better Life Partners Calls Dover Home Because That’s Where You Are
Each community partner we work with and each location we visit is unique, and yet each has one thing in common: you. Our purpose revolves around helping you, lending a hand to guide you through the beginning of your recovery and into your long-term, healthier life.
You Can Recover from Opioid Addiction
The National Institutes of Health report that somewhere between 21% and nearly 30% of those who receive prescriptions for opioids will end up misusing them. The opioid epidemic has hit America and the world hard. It is a constantly changing situation that we must respond to promptly, efficiently, and with great compassion.
Because we know that opioids could potentially kill half a million Americans in the next decade, we are dedicated to delivering the right treatment, at the right time, in the right place. Dover is one of those places. When we partner with local organizations to deliver the potentially life-saving treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), we are committing to a future free from opioid addiction.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Is Backed by Data
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that medication-assisted treatment has been clinically proven to help someone in recovery from opioid addiction. Many studies have been conducted to showcase MAT’s effectiveness.
One such study found that heroin overdoses decreased in the city of Baltimore by nearly 40% when buprenorphine was made available. Another study utilized extended-release naltrexone in 153 participants and found that relapse rates were, in fact, lower after MAT than with treatment not utilizing the service.
What Exactly Is MAT?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a form of addiction treatment that uses prescription medications to help you manage withdrawal symptoms, cravings/urges for opioids, and blocks certain effects of opioids within your system.
Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone all have different levels of effectiveness and specific effects on someone in recovery. One thing they all have in common is that they are opioid agonists, which means they are affecting the naturally occurring opioid receptors in our bodies.
Some of those opioid receptors are responsible for the human body feeling/perceiving pain as well as monitoring and controlling certain reactions known as “reward” systems. MAT prescriptions interact with these opioid receptors to either completely or partially block the feelings of euphoria opioids produce.
An MAT prescription, therefore, allows someone recovering from opioid addiction freedom from the cravings and the effects of opioids. It can bring clarity and a new beginning as recovery is starting, or even as you navigate it into a long-term solution.
A Fully Integrated Treatment for You
Along with medication-assisted treatment, Better Life Partners offers other forms of treatment that work well together and increase the chances of recovery success, like weekly group therapy sessions. Through this treatment we utilize counseling with licensed professionals as well as peer coaching to help build the support structures that are so important for beginning and maintaining recovery.
The program we can bring to your community is driven by the absolute top-tier evidence-based treatments. Better Life Partners loves having the ability to meet you in the right place at the right time. We are focused on lending a hand to ensure someone meets their goals for recovery. Every time we begin treating someone, we are guided by the needs and facts of each individual seeking recovery.
We do this through a fantastic network of local organizations, like right here in Dover. Our partnerships with them enable us to maintain great partnerships with you! The unique and specific treatment experiences we offer are therefore created to be as powerful as possible. It’s all about helping someone achieve a healthier life.
You Are Why We Love Dover
One of the most important parts of our addiction treatment services is participating in the communities we love. We have developed great relationships across New Hampshire and cannot wait to add more. Those connections help us know how treatment is progressing for individuals and how we can implement any new methods that may develop in the future.
It is always our goal to not just work in a city, but to know it, to experience the community there because that is where our partnerships live. The people we are helping all know the places we visit, they form the background of their lives, and that is why we make an effort to also experience them.
When someone welcomes us as a partner and dedicates themselves to recovery we owe it to them to dedicate ourselves as well. The connections we form are set up to benefit those receiving treatment, but they also benefit us here at Better Life Partners.
If you are ready to begin—or know someone who could benefit from the treatment we can provide here at Better Life Partners—reach out today. We love New Hampshire and value the partnerships we have throughout the state, including right here in Dover. Call us at 866-679-0831 to talk to someone about treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Major Components of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
The major components of medication-assisted treatment are prescription medications and, usually, some form of therapy. The medications are all controlled substances and cannot be obtained without a prescription. Not only that, but each state has somewhat different qualifications for who can be prescribed MAT, although there are some federal guidelines that streamline the process for everyone. Not all locations offering MAT require therapy sessions to be conducted for the person in treatment but experts have found that therapy, alongside MAT, does in fact raise the probability someone will continue their recovery longer and have a higher chance of avoiding relapse.
Which Medication Is Considered the Gold Standard for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder?
There is no standard medication for opioid use disorder, rather there are three main prescription medications you will see referenced and utilized in medication-assisted treatment programs. They are buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. You may see their brand names listed occasionally, such as Sublocade®, which is simply buprenorphine. These medications are all administered in slightly different ways, with some available as injections, some as pills, and some as small squares of dissolvable film to be placed under the tongue.
Does MAT Work?
Yes. Medication-assisted treatment has been utilized and studied for years and has produced reliable results in helping people recover from various addictions, including opioids. There are misconceptions about how exactly MAT works, however, so it’s important to remember MAT is utilized to help someone manage their withdrawal symptoms from a drug or substance and also to help curb their body’s physical manifestation of urges to relapse.
What Is MAT Used For?
It is used to allow someone in recovery from opioid addiction (or alcohol addiction) to experience less drastic withdrawal symptoms but also to help them manage their urges toward the substance they are detoxing from and/or are in active recovery from using. It helps them find comfort, clarity, and peace during the trying time of detox, then can help them maintain a steady footing as they move back into their daily lives with an eye on remaining sober.