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The journey of addiction recovery is a unique experience that affects each person differently. For those who may benefit from additional support through the detox process or beyond, a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program in Miami, FL can help secure your long-term success.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment is the use of FDA-approved medications along with trauma-informed counseling and behavioral therapies to provide comprehensive substance use disorder treatment. MAT programs use an extended taper period of greater than six months in order to achieve a higher success rate in recovery. Medication-Assisted Treatment is clinically supervised and closely monitored to prevent risk of overmedication or new physical dependency.

MAT may begin at any level of care as recommended by a medical professional after completing a comprehensive evaluation including both a physical and psychiatric exam. The typical criteria for medication-assisted treatment are:

Your clinical team may make other considerations to determine if a medication-assisted treatment program is right for you.

The Advantages of MAT Care

Most addiction recovery treatment programs begin the detox phase. During this stage of care harmful substances are cleared from the body’s system, allowing you to move forward with a clear mind. While this is a necessary part of the recovery process, short-term detox may not be ideal for everyone. Long-term taper options like Medication-Assisted Treatment can increase success rates in recovery. 

MAT programs in Miami reduce cravings, urges, and withdrawal symptoms to help support sobriety. As the primary triggers of relapse in early recovery, managing these symptoms allows you to devote more attention and energy into the internal growth and healing that comes with recovery.

Medication-Assisted Treatment can help mitigate the risks of developing or worsening health issues associated with substance use. Using a clinically supervised long-term taper program allows your body to slowly adjust to being independent of drugs and alcohol. 

Does MAT Undermine Recovery?

Is your sobriety still valid if you are in a long-term taper Medication-Assisted Treatment program? The answer is yes. Medications used in MAT programs are taken only under medical supervision and do not produce any mind-altering side effects. They are not used to produce a high and clients do not have direct access to the medications prescribed. In fact, the most commonly used MAT medications nullify the effect of other substances, deterring abuse by removing the reward. 

Opioid antagonists like the medication used in MAT programs work by blocking the neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for creating the sensation of being drunk or high. By binding to these receptors they prevent opioids and other illicit substances from interacting with the central nervous system. Because they produce no high themselves, these medications are non-habit forming and safe to use over an extended period of time as part of a taper program.

Medication Assisted Treatment Programs at Harbor Village

Harbor Village’s unique approach to Medication Assisted Treatment is personalized to suit the needs of each client and enrich the recovery experience. Our MAT programs include continuous monitoring and evaluation to ensure maximum effectiveness and suitability. Here’s how it works:

Intake and Assessment:

During the intake process you will receive a comprehensive assessment to gather data that will inform your treatment plan. At this time our medical and behavioral health team will assess your specific needs and create a care plan. 24 hours before stepping down from the detox level of care, you will receive a follow-up evaluation to determine if you meet the criteria for MAT. If you do, our team will conduct weekly follow up sessions to monitor your progress while receiving treatment.


The stabilization phase of MAT focuses on creating a hormonal balance within the body. Because long-term substance abuse can cause artificially elevated levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, your body may reduce its natural production of these hormones. Medication tapers administered under clinical supervision help encourage the body to return to more balanced levels of these hormones and renew your body’s natural production. 

At Harbor Village, we primarily utilize Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol as part of our Medication-Assisted Treatment programs. These non-psychoactive medications bind with the same neuroreceptors in the brain as opioids, preventing the biochemical response responsible for producing a ‘high’ while also negating the symptoms of withdrawal.

The average duration of this phase is 12 weeks with one to two sessions every week for two months. During this time clients will also participate in counseling and behavioral therapies as part of our two-pronged approach to lasting success in recovery.

Long Term Phase:

The final phase of Harbor Village’s MAT program introduces medical maintenance for clients who benefit from long-term medical intervention for their recovery. This includes education regarding the proper use of medication for pre-existing chronic disorders and health conditions as well as the use of Vivitrol, the extended-release Naloxone medication, if need is clinically indicated. This treatment regimen combats urges which may lead to relapse, a preventive measure which can be life-saving.

Every addiction is unique, so are our programs

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