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What is an MAT Telehealth Program?

When struggling with addiction, having as many treatment options as possible is key to the healing and recovery process. Our medication-assisted treatment program, or MAT, is most effective for individuals struggling with opioid addiction to treat and manage their addiction. Unfortunately, many individuals are unable to find the addiction treatment they need. Whether it is…

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The Differences Between Opiate vs. Opioid

It is not uncommon for individuals to use the terms opiates and opioids interchangeably. Yet, these terms do represent two different, though very similar, classes of drugs. What is the difference between opiate vs. opioid? Understanding the difference can help individuals understand the kind of treatment they need should they or a loved one develop…

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Recognizing the Signs of Opioid Addiction

Opioid abuse is an ongoing public health crisis in the United States. Millions of Americans find themselves struggling with opioid use disorder every year. Yet, for many, recognizing the signs of opioid addiction can be difficult. This leads those who struggle with opioid use disorder to miss out on the treatment that is necessary to…

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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Some of the most common mental health disorders associated with co-occurring disorders include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Knowing what are co-occurring disorders is vital in finding the right mental health treatment program and therapies to fit an individual’s unique needs. Without learning more about co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis treatment, individuals will…

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Detox vs. Medication-Assisted Treatment

At Sunlight Medical Services, we have found during our practice that different things work for different people. Some need to be disconnected from the world to heal, while others need to keep living. And, the science moves on – it was previously believed that a person with a substance use disorder absolutely must go through…

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Sublocade Treatment

Sublocade (buprenorphine extended-release) is a prescription medication that addiction treatment centers use to treat a person with moderate to severe addiction to opioids. With the right medication, a person who has an addiction to opioids has a better chance of sustainable recovery without relapse. Why Specialists Use Sublocade Treatment Doctors may prescribe Sublocade to reduce…

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Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has reached unprecedented levels. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 130 people die from opioid overdose each day. While overdose prevention and access to extensive treatment for opioid addiction are available, the heroin crisis continues to climb annually. Opioids make up a combination of illicit…

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Understanding the Stigmas Around MAT

While it has proven itself to be one of the most effective forms of treating addiction, especially opioid dependency, there are still stigmas around MAT (medication-assisted treatment) programs. The vast majority of these stigmas spring from misinformation, bias, and lack of education about how medication-assisted treatment works. Fortunately, individuals in the medical and recovery community,…

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