Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Abuse
Plum Creek Recovery Ranch is a 46-bed adult residential treatment program for alcohol and drug abuse. Our facility lies on 200 acres of beautifully scenic rolling foothills located just outside of Austin, Texas.
providing evidence-based support
We offer a wide array of evidenced based treatments that includes Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT).
There are lots of benefits of MAT for those who struggle with staying free of opioid use.
- Increased survival from overdose
- Increased retention in treatment
- Decreased criminal activity
- Group and individual therapy sessions
- Decreased illicit drug use
- Increased ability to gain & maintain employment
What is Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)?
Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) is the use of medication, in combination with counseling and behavior therapies, to successfully treat substance use disorders.
MAT is primarily used for addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers that contain opiates.
treatment for drug & alcohol addiction
There are also MAT medications for use in treating alcohol addiction. The MAT prescribed medications act to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol, relieve cravings and stabilize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.
Understanding Opioid Addiction FAQ
When did the current opioid epidemic begin?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999-2018, nearly a half a million people died from an overdose involving an opioid. This includes both prescription and illicit opioids. The first wave corresponded with the increased prescribing of opioids in the 1990s.
The common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include: methadone, oxycodone (such as Percocet, Oxycontin), and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin). These prescription drugs are used to treat pain and are routinely prescribed following an injury, surgery, or for serious health conditions such as cancer. There has been a dramatic increase in the use of prescription opioids for back pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic non-cancer pain, despite serious risks and a lack of evidence to its long-term efficacy.
The second wave began in 2010 with rapid increases in heroin overdoses. Heroin is a highly addictive and illicit opioid drug. People frequently use heroin in combination with other drugs and alcohol. This increases the risk of overdose. Heroin overdose deaths have increased five times since 2010.
The third wave began in 2013 with a significant increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, particularly fentanyl. In 2018 more than 31,000 deaths involving synthetic opioids occurred in the United States alone. This is a higher death rate than any other type of opioid. Synthetic opioid involved deaths accounted for 67% of all opioid deaths in 2018. Reports indicate that fentanyl overdose deaths are more likely to be driven by illicitly manufactured drugs.
What are the symptoms of opioid abuse?
Behavioral changes are often the first sign of opioid abuse. These include a marked change in sleeping and eating habits, defensiveness regarding behavior, and growing more socially distant.
- Physical changes as opioid use takes a toll on the body. Negative effects include weight loss, lethargy, and chronic constipation.
- Problems with memory, relationships and other obligations.
- “Doctor shopping” when they cannot get a prescription from their current doctor or moving on to heroin use.
- Decline in personal hygiene.
What are common and long term side effects of opioid use?
Common Side Effects of Opioids
Long Term Side Effects of Opioids
- Reduced libido
- Testosterone depletion
- Increased risk for overdose
- Increased risk for heart attack and A-fib
- Reduced energy
Why Choose Plum Creek Recovery Ranch?
Our pristine ranchland offers residents unique experiences as well as a variety of therapies and activities so each resident can find their own path to healing.
These experiences include individual and group therapy, wellness and nutrition educational groups, equine therapy, yoga, and Tai Chi. We will help you build a strong foundation for a long-term recovery. When you are ready, we are here to listen, guide, and support your journey.