Medication-Assisted Treatment Eligibility and Intake
- Patients must be 18 years of age or older
- Valid photo identification must be presented
- Evidence of opioid addiction must be presented
- Agreement to program policies & procedures
What to Expect at Intake
- Social and drug history review
- Medical history review
- Medical assessment
- Required lab tests including drug screen
- Consultation with intake counselor
- Program policy & procedure review
The first appointment at AppleGate is typically 2 - 3 hours, and will include a review of the program and discussion of fees and payment. All of your questions will be answered by the knowledgeable administrative and clinical staff to ensure their comfort with the program. Most importantly, your intake appointment provides an opportunity to speak with a medical provider about any concerns you have regarding medication-assisted treatment.
The doctors and nurse practitioners at AppleGate Recovery are all highly trained professionals who take the recovery of every patient very seriously. After a review of your history and a physical examination, you and your provider can determine the treatment plan that is right for you.
AppleGate Recovery medical providers prescribe buprenorphine, Suboxone®, Zubsolv® and Bunavail® as appropriate for each patient. Buprenorphine is a stand-alone, generic medication and the others are compounds of the generic medication buprenorphine that include naloxone. Our providers will work with each patient to determine the medication that will be most effective for them.
Once admitted to the program, your provider will write a prescription for the recommended treatment medication during your intake appointment, which can be filled through the pharmacy of your choice. In addition, you should schedule your first counseling session during intake, as well as a medication re-check appointment. It is important to be sure and follow all instructions and precautions when working a medication-assisted treatment program, and discuss any concerns with your provider.
As you progress in treatment, re-check appointments with your provider will be scheduled based on your individual needs and the doctor’s recommendation.
These appointments will include a medication check, as well as a brief examination.
Any concerns you have about your medication, dosage or side effects can be discussed at this time.
Individual and group substance use counseling is offered at all AppleGate Recovery clinics, and is incorporated into your personalized treatment plan. Studies have shown that counseling, along with medication, is the most effective combination in treating opioid addiction. Contact the clinic nearest you to learn more about how counseling is an integral part of a successful medication-assisted treatment program.
Why Follow the MAT Process?
If you've chosen to follow the MAT process, you may be nervous. After all, you've made the critical choice to seek recovery from opioid addiction, and you want to make sure you're choosing the right treatment program. Medication-assisted treatment is an evidence-based approach that has led many people to a life of freedom from opioid addiction. By trusting each step of the process, you'll find that this successful opioid addiction treatment program is the right choice for you.
Medication-assisted treatment is a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. It uses medications to address physical concerns and counseling to understand underlying issues that may have led to opioid addiction. Intense cravings and withdrawal make it so you can't stop thinking of the substance you're attempting to stop using. The medication-assisted process allows you to focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, counseling addresses underlying behavioral issues to support your recovery and prevent relapse.
Making the Choice to enter Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs and Counseling
You may be wondering if you are ready to pursue the MAT process. When choosing any treatment program for opioid addiction, you must remember that the choice to pursue recovery is yours. No one can decide to break the bonds of addiction but you. While your loved ones may be encouraging you to seek treatment, they are not the ones going through this process. When you are fully on board with every step of the MAT process, your commitment pays off in the long run.
There's no one-size-fits-all treatment for opioid addiction. That's why it's essential to find a treatment program that individualizes its methods to your needs. During your intake appointment, we take the time to understand your experience in addiction so our compassionate team of professionals can personalize their approach to your care. We believe this is what makes a successful opioid addiction treatment program.
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Taking the Next Step After Re-Check Appointments
Recovery is a life-long process. Once your medication-assisted treatment program is complete and you've finished your final re-check appointment with the team at AppleGate Recovery, that's not the end. During our in-house individual or group counseling sessions, our counselors will encourage you to build an extended recovery support system outside of AppleGate and work with each patient on a discharge plan.
Your family, friends and loved ones are invaluable to your recovery process. However, other groups specializing in addiction recovery will ensure your next steps after treatment so you can continue your successful journey toward a life of sobriety. Peer recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are great options. You may also want to consider other forms of ongoing individual therapy or group counseling. A comprehensive treatment plan includes assistance with the next steps following a medication-assisted treatment program, no matter what they might be.