Implementation of the Solution Medication Assisted Treatment involves combining

Implementation of the solution medication assisted

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Implementation of the Solution Medication Assisted Treatment involves combining behavioral therapy and medications in treating a substance use disorder. For opioid, in particular, the programs are referred to as Opioids Treatment Programs (OTPs). There are three commonly used medications for opioid addiction treatment. The first one is Methadone which is a clinic-based agonist opioid dispensed by specialists and closely monitored in clinics. This medication has been used for a long time to treat people of drug addiction specifically narcotic painkillers as well as heroin. The medication changes how the brain and nervous system respond to pain and therefore enables the patient to recover from the habit of using opioids (Substance Abuse and Mental Health, 2018). This treatment requires to be administered by highly specialized personnel for it to be well effective. It also requires the patient to undergo counseling as well as social support. Secondly is office-
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9 Running head: ADDRESSING OPIOID ABUSE IN RURAL CALIFORNIA based Naltrexone which is a non-addictive opioid antagonist which functions to suppress the cravings for the addictive opioids. It is administered through monthly injections or as a daily pill. The dosage has to be followed strictly and administered in the right amount and manner so as to be effective. Thirdly is Buprenorphine which blocks other opioids and reduces withdrawal risk. The state needs to provide all these information to the people as well as the medication and specialists for the rural population to be saved from the abuse of opioids which is droning them. The treatment tools and resources for treatment of opioid use disorder are quite limited in the rural areas compared to those in urban areas (Hirchack & Murphy, 2016). The first step that the state of California needs to take therefore is to increase the centers that the rural population can get help. Poverty is rampant in the rural areas and that makes it difficult for some of the people who are willing to seek help to travel to health facilities which are long distances away to get the help they need. The government, therefore, needs to bring the health facilities closer to the people. The facilities also have to be well equipped for effective functioning. The state government has to invest in providing specialists, medication and the required equipment for the treatment program. Conclusion In conclusion, one can say that considering service delivery for healthcare in MAT programs in rural areas is a sustainable idea. All that is further required in this case is to optimize the factors of healthcare providers to improve the reliability and accountability for all the resources that go into rehabilitating individuals with opioid-dependency issues. Since rural areas
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10 Running head: ADDRESSING OPIOID ABUSE IN RURAL CALIFORNIA are typically sparsely populated, one can see that the use of drugs bolsters the chances of the programs succeeding. One can see that these programs are an essential tool for reaching out to individuals that would have otherwise failed to achieve their potential. Drugs like methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone appeal to different demographics. Therefore, one must view
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  • Spring '19
  • opioid abuse

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