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Medication-Assisted Treatment At Swift River

Treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction often includes detox and medication-assisted treatment. Swift River offers both of these options in Massachusetts.

Overcoming addiction is difficult and can be incredibly complex. Attempting to stop using drugs or alcohol without treatment can become part of a vicious cycle that can strengthen the severity of the addiction.

With the help of a professional substance abuse treatment program, individuals can break free from the toxicity of addiction and live healthier, fulfilling lives.

Swift River offers medication-assisted treatment as part of the quality substance abuse treatment provided in Cummington, Massachusetts.

This effective form of treatment allows adult women and men to manage cravings, compulsions, and withdrawal of substance abuse and addiction.

What Is A Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?

A medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program prescribes specific medications to ease withdrawal symptoms of specific drugs, like alcohol and opioids.

The medication-assisted treatment program in Massachusetts at Swift River offers an Ativan tapering method for alcohol addiction and Suboxone and Vivitrol for opioid addiction. Starting January 1, 2020, Swift River will also offer a methadone option for opioid addiction.

Ativan Tapering

Alcohol dependence and addiction result in significant brain changes, specifically the decrease in GABA levels and GABA receptor sensitivity.

When a person stops drinking alcohol, the nervous system becomes hyperactive and can result in painful withdrawal, seizures, and even death.

Introducing Ativan during alcohol withdrawal prevents the nervous system from becoming hyperactive, stopping withdrawal symptoms before they get out of hand.

Gradually, the amount of Ativan is reduced using a method referred to as tapering. This gradual reduction allows a person to shift from having an alcohol-dependent brain to a brain in recovery without intense withdrawal.

Suboxone (buprenorphine, naloxone)

Suboxone is a sublingual film (dissolves under the tongue) that contains buprenorphine and naloxone, two medications approved for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).

Buprenorphine is a partial agonist and decreases the effects of opioids, reducing withdrawals and cravings. It works in a similar way to full agonist opioids, like heroin and morphine, but with weaker effects.

Buprenorphine has a low risk of abuse because no matter how much you take, it can only reach a certain point in the body before it levels off, in what is referred to as a “ceiling effect”. This lowers the risk of abuse and dependency.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which means it blocks the effects of opioids. It is only activated in the body if it is injected into the bloodstream. This means if Suboxone is dissolved under the tongue, as prescribed, naloxone has no effect.

Naloxone that has been injected into the bloodstream will cause an immediate reversal of all opioids in the body, resulting in painful withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone acts as a deterrent for individuals who may consider abusing Suboxone.

Suboxone is intended to offer relief from opioid withdrawal for individuals attempting to stop abusing opioids. The two medications combined work to treat the symptoms and prevent misuse of this MAT medication.

Vivitrol (naltrexone)

Vivitrol is also a medication that can be used to treat opioid addiction, but it works differently than Suboxone. Vivitrol is not an opioid and acts as a full opioid antagonist. This means it completely blocks the effects of opioids.

Vivitrol is the brand name for injectable naltrexone. This medication is long-acting and only needs to be administered once a month.

For a person committed to sobriety but struggling with addiction, Vivitrol is a good option, as it removes the daily pressure of choosing to be sober.

A person will need to fully detox from opioids before starting a Vivitrol treatment regimen. This is why it is important to take part in a substance abuse treatment program that offers medically supervised detox, as well as recovery treatment services.

Swift River offers medically supervised detox in Massachusetts as part of the intensive inpatient substance abuse treatment program.


Starting January 2020, Swift River will begin offering methadone as a treatment option for opioid addiction.
Methadone is a long-acting, full agonist opioid. This means that it completely blocks the receptors that respond to opioids, like heroin or Vicodin.

Methadone reduces opioid cravings, decreases withdrawal symptoms, and also blocks the effects of other opioids.
Even if a person who is taking methadone decides to abuse another opioid, the opioid will not have the normal full effect. In this way, methadone reduces the potential for further opioid abuse.

Methadone, Vivitrol, and Suboxone are all FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorders. When taken as prescribed, and used in tandem with comprehensive, intensive substance abuse treatment, sobriety is achievable.

Medication-Assisted Treatment And Recovery

MAT programs are combined with therapeutic interventions at Swift River during a 30- or 60-day intensive treatment program.

Integrated medication-assisted treatment allows for the following benefits:

  • eliminates the cravings, compulsions, and physical symptoms of withdrawal
  • helps residents focus on their recovery and the healing process
  • provides therapy and education to help individuals understand the nature of their addiction and what prompted their substance abuse
  • assists in the development of appropriate coping skills, strategies, and self-worth
  • assists in maintaining recovery goals and sobriety

Swift River Intensive Inpatient Treatment

At Swift River, the first stage of treatment involves a medically supervised detox that provides 24-hour access to medical professionals.

The goal of this stage is to manage withdrawal symptoms while providing support and stabilization measures, including MAT options.

Upon arrival, residents are evaluated and a treatment plan is initialized. This plan can be modified as treatment progresses with the help of staff, including case managers.

The second stage of treatment involves full participation in groups and therapies to learn about and manage addiction and recovery. The development of coping strategies and life skills is an important part of this stage.

Using evidence- and outcome-based strategies, Swift River offers cognitive behavioral therapy, wilderness therapy, yoga, mindfulness therapy, and a variety of other services in Massachusetts.

In the third stage of treatment is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that allows residents to put their new skills to work in a supportive environment before they return home to their community.

Is Swift River The Right Rehab Center For Me?

To determine if Swift River’s intensive inpatient treatment program meets the unique needs of someone struggling with opioid or alcohol addiction, reaching out to schedule an assessment is a great first step.

This assessment can help determine the level of care that is needed, as well as what types of services would be best suited for the individual.

Questions about the MAT options and amenities offered through Swift River can be directed to the treatment specialists who are waiting to hear from you or your loved one.

Choosing Swift River’s intensive inpatient program to treat addiction is a step toward the life you deserve. Contact us today.


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