Medication- Assisted Treatment Specialist

Wellness Treasure

David Sherman, MD, FASAM

Board-Certified Addiction Medicine located in New Port Richey, FL

Opioid overdoses have increased threefold in the past three years. That means more men and women lack the proper support to snap out of a very dangerous addiction. At Wellness Treasure in New Port Richey, Florida, David Sherman, MD, FASM, offers his patients comprehensive Medication-Assisted Treatments (MAT) to release them from a debilitating and life-threatening addiction. Call or go online to learn more about what MAT can do for you.

Medication- Assisted Treatment Q & A

What is a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

MAT uses medications as well as counseling and behavioral therapies to help manage your opioid or alcohol addiction.

The goal is to minimize your body’s undesirable reactions to alcohol and opioids. In doing so, it reduces your physiological cravings, and stabilizes your body’s functionality.

All medications included in MAT are FDA-approved.

What medications are used in Medication-Assisted Treatments?

Dr. David Sherman offers a series of medications to treat alcohol and opioid addiction. The two most common prescriptions include:

SUBOXONE®

Suboxone is a partial opioid used in addiction treatment. Dr. Sherman typically prescribes Suboxone as a sublingual strip, which dissolves under the tongue. It’s made of two main components:

  • Buprenorphine: a partial opiate agonist that acts like an opioid to fight addiction without euphoric or mood-altering properties
  • Naloxone: an opiate antagonist that blocks the activity of opioids at receptor sites

 

These two components of Suboxone work against and with each other. They fight off your body’s cravings and prevents withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone is typically not addictive, but can lead to physiologic dependence.

VIVITROL® and Naltrexone

Naltrexone is the active ingredient in Vivitrol.  Naltrexone comes in a pill form and Vivitrol is a long acting injectable.

Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in your body, effectively eliminating the euphoric effect that often drives addiction. Much like alcohol, it has also been shown to reduce cravings for opioids.

Are you a good candidate for Medication-Assisted Treatments?

Dr. Sherman might recommend MAT if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with an alcohol or opioid addiction
  • Agree to comply with strict prescription instructions and adhere  to clinic policies, including periodic urine drug screens
  • Don’t have health complications that the treatment could exacerbate
  • Understand there are other options besides MAT

 

Conversely, MAT might not be the best option if you:

  • Are addicted to a drug or drugs that the medications in MAT can’t treat
  • Have severe physical limitations
  • Aren’t motivated to get sober

 

Struggling with opioid or alcohol addiction can make you feel like there’s no end in sight. Dr. Sherman will be by your side every step of the way to ensure your full recovery.  There is no judging when it comes to the chronic disease of addiction.