Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective opioid treatment which combines the use of prescription medication, including Suboxone and Vivitrol, along with counseling and education about your substance use disorder.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Research shows that, for some people, the integration of both behavioral and pharmacologic (medical) types of treatment is the most effective approach for overcoming opioid addiction.”

Two of the opioid treatment options at Farnum include Suboxone and Vivitrol. Suboxone and Vivitrol are prescribed in our MAT clinic, Medical Detoxification (Detox), and Residential programs for both withdrawal management and longer-term opioid and alcohol use disorder treatment.

Suboxone and Vivitrol are FDA approved medications. Suboxone is prescribed for opioid use disorder while Vivitrol is prescribed for both alcohol and opioid-dependent individuals.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is the active ingredient in Narcan, a common overdose reversal medication used by emergency personnel and first responders. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which binds to opioid receptors but does not allow you to experience the euphoria or “high” associated with full agonists, such as heroin, Fentanyl, or methadone. It is used to ease withdrawal symptoms, curb drug cravings, and discourage illicit drug use.

How Is Suboxone Prescribed?

Our providers prescribe Suboxone sublingual films/strips only, which dissolve under the tongue and have far less abuse potential than other formulations, such as tablets/pills.

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly injection, which blocks the effects of opioids and helps to reduce cravings (for opioids and alcohol), therefore decreasing the risk of relapse. 

Studies show that there are “94% fewer relapses to dependence with Vivitrol” compared to a placebo. Vivitrol prevents opioid drugs from binding to their receptors in the brain, so that the drugs cannot produce intoxication so you can’t “get high.”

This is prescribed and managed under the close supervision of our MAT providers.

Am I a Good Candidate for MAT Services?

If you are struggling with opioid dependence, are motivated to stop using opioids, and have a stable and safe environment in which to continue your life in recovery, then you are a good candidate.

How Do I Get Started?

First, you need to be assessed by a licensed clinician. Second, you will complete an intake with our MAT provider. Once a client has been assessed by a clinician, we can usually get clients started on Suboxone or Vivitrol in as little as 24 – 48 hours.

Farnum’s MAT services are offered in our Outpatient location in Manchester, New HampshireOur team of expert Addiction Medicine, Board-Certified physicians, counselors and administrators are here to assess, monitor, and support you.

If you are struggling to find opioid treatment solutions that fit your current lifestyle and are interested in exploring MAT services, call us at 603.622.3020 or 1.888.840.4243 or email us. We are here to answer any questions you have regarding Suboxone, Vivitrol, and other opioid and alcohol treatment options.