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Want to Curb Your Cravings for Alcohol & Drugs? Try These Meds

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Curbing Your Cravings for Alcohol & Drugs

If you find yourself losing out on life because of your substance use, you’re not alone. Alcohol, tobacco, opioids, meth, cocaine, and more are hard to quit.

One in six Americans have substance use disorder (SUD). Substance use can fracture family relationships, trigger mental health disorders, and lead to death. Recovery may cost less than you think. Utah Partners for Health offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and counseling to guide patients to sustained recovery.

What is Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Substance use disorder is a chronic disease. This means a user can't stop using drugs or alcohol, despite the negative consequences. This can affect the brain's reward system which makes quitting difficult even when the individual desperately wants to quit.

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has specifically affected Utah. Utah has had one of the highest opioid prescription rates in the country. Doctors used to prescribe opioids for even small amounts of pain, and that made the drugs become widely available, which increased misuse and addiction. There is now an effort to help the country get free of opioids.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a form of treatment that uses medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, in the treatment of opioid use disorders and can help some people to sustain recovery.

This approach to SUD treatment is especially effective for opioid and alcohol use disorders. Recent studies also show medications help treat methamphetamine addiction.

Two commonly used medications for MAT include:

  • Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for individuals to engage in recovery-focused activities.

  • Naltrexone: Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids and alcohol, reducing the risk of relapse.

Though medication does provide assistance, counseling and behavior therapies are just as important.

Therapy helps individuals address the underlying causes of their addiction, develop coping strategies, and rebuild their lives. MAT is more effective when done together with therapy as it helps the patient identify both the physical and psychological aspects of their addiction.

Benefits of MAT during Addiction Recovery

  • Reduced Cravings and Withdrawal: MAT helps individuals manage the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse.

  • Improved Retention in Treatment: People receiving MAT are more likely to stay in treatment programs, increasing their chances of successful recovery.

  • Reduced Risk of Overdose: Overdose is a common danger among individuals with opioid use disorder.

  • Restoration of Normal Brain Function: MAT helps the brain regain normal functioning, allowing individuals to make healthier choices.

  • Improved Overall Health: MAT can help prevent the spread of infections such as Hepatitis C and HIV.

  • Lower Criminal Activity: MAT reduces criminal activity associated with SUD, benefiting both individuals and society.

Is UPFH the right place for me to get substance use recovery?

UPFH has proudly offered their SUD/MAT program since 2018. Our program has helped hundreds of patients win their substance abuse battles.

  • We offer a reduced fees & discounts which allows patients to get their appointments and medications cheaper based on income and family size.

  • Our dedicated providers are highly experienced and love helping patients sustain recovery.

  • We offer limited transportation to qualifying patients so they can get to their SUD/MAT appointments.

Start Recovery from SUD

We have personnel to help you through the entire process, including explaining any discounts you qualify for. Reach out to Ana or Seno via phone or email. They connect patients and providers, making the process easy. All communication is kept confidential.

ANA BEZERRA ABEZERRA@UPFH.ORG o. 801.417.0131 x127 c. 801.699.5748



o. 801.417.0131 x120

c. 801.839.8020

Our Mission

Your recovery from substance use is waiting at UPFH. We understand that failing to provide healthcare to our most at-risk communities can have severe consequences and impact the overall well-being of everyone.

Our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, quality care to empower the underserved individuals, families, and communities. Due to generous donors and sponsors, UPFH proudly provides services to patients of all income levels. Located in West Jordan and Midvale, we have medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, and pharmacy care available, all at discounted prices based on income and family size. Reach out at 801.417.0131 or email today.

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