The data is clear: medication-assisted treatment (MAT) saves and improves lives. Yet the current recovery culture disparages and marginalizes the potential benefits of assistance from medication. Remedy Recovery offers medication-assisted recovery without shame. For generations, the accepted solution to a substance misuse disorder was to cease use of all substances. Now, science informs us differently.
Studies about Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Research shows MAT can help people through withdrawal.
- MAT has been proven to reduce relapse and overdose.
- Research has shown that MAT can assist people transition from harmful drugs to go on and live healthy, functional lives.
The Use of Cannabis in Medication-Assisted Treatment
Remedy Recovery supports the use of cannabis. Research supports our belief that cannabis can be a vital tool as an exit drug from self-harming drug use (see below). Its innovative use as a harm reduction approach to opioid addiction has proven to be successful in reducing deaths, assisting withdrawal from opioids, and significantly decreasing the use of highly addictive opioids to control pain.
While it’s not without the risk of dependence, cannabis has a high value potential as a transitional or maintenance drug, as evidenced in these studies:
- According to research out of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, opioid overdose deaths have decreased by 25 percent in states where medical cannabis is legal.
- A recent University of Michigan study found clients who used medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of opioids.
- Cannabidiol has proven to be a useful treatment for cannabis withdrawal syndrome.
- Studies have shown that the use of cannabis during the induction of methadone reduces the patient’s experience of opiate withdrawal.
- Doctors in Massachusetts have used cannabis to treat those with opioid use disorder with positive results.
The statistics are clear that the risk of death from opioids far outweighs the risk of dying from cannabis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, opiate overdoses claimed 64,000 lives in 2016. The latest figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse state that more than 115 Americans die every day of opioid-related reasons. With no lethal point of ingestion, cannabis claimed zero lives. Death ends the potential for any measure of recovery.
Remedy Recovery does not profess that medication is right for all people; we do believe in exploration of all options, including abstinence. The question of medication is best addressed by the client and their licensed medical doctor. Remedy Recovery is focused on client collaboration. We consider our clients to be the most important voice in their recovery. Our ethical, educated, and experienced staff is intended to be the scaffolding for goal clarification and support to meet those goals, not as a means to mandate how one recovers.
Research Supporting Medication-Assisted Treatment, Including The Use of Cannabis
|Clients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain||Boehnke, K.|
|Cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs||Corroon, J.|
|Cannabis as a substitute for opioid-based pain medication||Reiman, A.|
|A comparison of medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in the U.S.||Bachhuber, M.|
|Cannabidiol for the treatment of Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome||Crippa, J.|
De Sousa, M.
|Problematic use of opioids and medicinal cannabis among patients suffering with pain||Feingold, D.|
|Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs||Reiman||Read Article|
|MAT assisting patients through opiate withdrawal||Fullerton, C.|
Parks, Thomas C.
|Use of cannabis with methadone during initiation of treatment||Scavone, J.L.|
Van Bockstaele, E.
|MAT assisting the transition to leading healthy and fulfilling lives||Sees, K.|
|MAT reducing relapse and overdose||Gordon, M.|
Medication-Assisted Treatment Options
Here at Remedy Recovery we believe in meeting the individual where they are. This might mean including cannabis as part of the personalized treatment program. However, not everyone wants or needs cannabis as part of their medication plan.
Many individuals who have become dependent on opioids experience sickness and intense physical cravings making it extremely difficult to work on recovery. The FDA has approved a number of medications to help individuals taper and detox without the withdrawal symptoms going “cold turkey” causes.
Remedy Recovery will customize a treatment program for you. Contact us to learn more.