Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines behavioral counseling and prescription medication to treat addiction and substance use as well as other conditions like depression and anxiety.

Research shows that medication + counseling is far more effective for mental health, behavioral health or substance disorders than medication by itself. We've seen it benefit many of our group and individual counseling clients.

Prompt Referrals, Integrated Treatment

If MAT should be considered as part of your treatment plan, we'll refer you to qualified healthcare professionals. They'll review your medical status and provide appropriate prescriptions.

We recognize that getting an appointment with an in-network psychiatrist can take months.

We'll do our very best to refer you to a provider who can see you promptly, often within 48 business hours. We're happy to coordinate your care and contact your psychiatric provider if requested.

Your ongoing individualized Ascend care plan will then integrate both counseling and medication.

Vivitrol, Suboxone & Sublocade Addiction Treatment

Not all treatment plans include prescription medication.

However, research has shown that like nicotine patches that help people stop smoking, naltrexone (Vivitrol or Revia), buprenorphine (Suboxone) and extended-release buprenorphine (Sublocade) can help protect your sobriety when used as part of a comprehensive treatment and relapse prevention plan for substance use disorders, alcohol abuse, or misuse of prescription drugs.

When combined with outpatient counseling, these medications aid in recovery from addiction or substance abuse by reducing cravings and suppressing the brain's response to street drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol.

Other medications can also reduce the likelihood that you'll start drinking or abusing drugs again, including acamprosate (Campral) and disulfiram (Antabuse).

Other Medication-Assisted Treatments

Common conditions which benefit from MAT include:

  • Anxiety, social phobia and panic attacks
  • Situational, clinical or chronic depression, or major depressive disorder
  • Manic-depressive disorder (bipolar syndrome)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Aggression, anger and impulsivity
  • Oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder
  • ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity and other attentional and behavior disorders