Iris Health Clinic

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Quality & Affordable Medication- Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Wisconsin

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 130 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses and 10.3 million people misused prescription opioids in 2018. Help is needed now than ever before and this is why it’s critical for individuals struggling with addiction to have access to affordable medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Medication-Assisted Treatment or MAT is the current government-recommended standard in opioid dependence treatment and combines medication with counseling and other types of behavioral therapies. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates.
Iris Health Clinic (IHC) is a leading provider of MAT in Wisconsin. Located in Waukesha and Milwaukee, our affordable MAT program offers comprehensive, evidence-based treatment and aims to provide healing for individuals struggling together with opioid addiction.  Remember, addiction affects people differently and medically-assisted treatment has been proven as a successful form of treatment for some combating the disease. This is because of how the medications impact the opioid receptors in the brain. They help patients with physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that can occur during the withdrawal process.

At IHC, we are passionate about providing both quality and affordable addiction and mental treatment for individuals and families in Wisconsin. Every day we work hard to prove that we are 100% dedicated to improving the health and well-being of those in our care through our evidence-based medical and therapeutic approaches.  We offer MAT as a part of our commitment to evidence-based drug treatment practices that allow for individuals to achieve results and sustain long-term recovery.

Medication-assisted treatment helps with these withdrawal symptoms:

FDA Approved Medications for Opioid Addiction

MAT offers a safe treatment option for those struggling with opioid addiction. FDA-approved medications help ease the symptoms associated with withdrawal and curb drug cravings. They include:

Methadone

This drug is one of the most well-known and highly-regulated medications used during treatment for opioid addiction since it’s a full agonist. This means the drug combines with receptors in the brain and nervous system to produce the desired effect of lessening painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal. It also blocks the euphoric effects of an opiate drug. When Methadone is administered correctly, the patient feels normal and does not physically crave opiates or cause the person to be lethargic. It’s given once a day via a liquid solution.

Suboxone (Buprenorphine)

FDA approved Suboxone is a partial agonist, meaning it doesn’t fully bind to opiate receptors. The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone is effective for treating opioid withdrawal since it alleviates the physical symptoms, thus decreasing opioid cravings. If the person attempts to use the opioids while taking Suboxone, they will experience adverse effects; this is because naloxone counteracts the effects that opioids have on the brain.

Vivitrol

This is an injectable medication designed to curb cravings for an extended period. It’s administered once a month during a medication-assisted treatment program. It helps stave off opioid cravings, eliminates physical symptoms of withdrawal, and prevents overdosing. The person taking the drug needs to abstain from any opiate for fourteen days before the first injection.

What are the Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment?

IHC’s MAT program offers many benefits for participants. For example, individuals:

Our Integrated and Evidence-Based Treatment Approach

IHC’s approach to Medication-Assisted Treatment  is integrated, meaning our programs combine the use of multiple treatment services in order to offer real recovery solutions to person’s seeking to transform their overall health and well-being.  Clients will work closely with our qualified staff to develop a customized treatment plan to decide which of our treatment modalities will work best for them.

Iris Health Clinic’s Treatment Services Include:

Confidentiality

We understand that seeking treatment is not easy and the last thing a person needs is to fear is that they will be exposed by treatment staff for doing so. Fortunately, the strict rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) are designed to protect patient confidentiality.   We respect these rules and we follow them. Plus, many of our leadership are in recovery and many of our family members, so we know first hand the need to seek treatment for ourselves and our loved ones privately.

Iris Health Clinic is Covered by Most Wisconsin Insurances, including Medicaid

Iris Health Clinic is covered by most insurances, including Medicare, United Health Care, UMR, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, Aetna, Quartz, Forest County Potawatomi, WEA Trust, Cigna, Humana, Exceedent, WPS, and Sanford.

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