rehab mat

A new addition to traditional rehab

Not long ago, most rehab programs refused to offer Suboxone therapy. Now, however, they are finally coming around to the fact that it works to save lives. While Rehab MAT (medication assisted treatment) is a big improvement over traditional treatment, there are some issues to address.

What comes next?

The most important topic to address is followup. After you leave rehab, you may not be able to continue getting Suboxone from the facility. Importantly, experts now recommend at least 1-2 years of MAT before considering stopping or changing treatments. So, where will you go for your MAT Suboxone treatment after rehab?

Planning ahead.

As they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The responsibility for making plans for your long term medical care falls on the rehab program that starts your meds. Therefore, the plan of care should include arranging for you to see a doctor after you get out. This requires a full update to protocols and not just hiring a doctor to write prescriptions.

Forming relationships in the community.

If you are a business development specialist for a rehab, you may want to start visiting Suboxone doctors in your area. You may already be doing this as a means to asking for referrals to your rehab program. Local Suboxone doctors can be a source of rehab patient referrals because some patients will require a higher level of care. However, you should also consider arranging to send patients who have completed rehab MAT to these doctors. By communicating with community doctors, you can agree upon the protocols for treatment in the transition from rehab to outpatient care.

Rehab MAT is a positive development.

Even though it is still early in the days of rehabs providing MAT, it is already proving to be a positive change. I am currently seeing new patients who have completed rehab MAT and they are ready to continue ongoing medical treatment and therapy. While the transition is not always smooth and properly planned, I am confident that, in time, these problems will be ironed out. There are already wheel/hub and spoke models of MAT in place in some treatment centers. We can use these models as a template. Hence, our patients can get the best possible transition from rehab back to life in the real world again.

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