Medication therapy is critical for recovery from some disorders. We offer a variety of specialty services under one umbrella so your services are coordinated, convenient, and effective. Charlotte Behavioral Health Care offers evaluations and medication management for mental health and substance use issues. We provides psychiatric services for adults and children ages 5 and up. Our medical team provides expert care in treating disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts or self-harm behaviors, and schizophrenia. CBHC also provides affordable, state-of-the-art medical treatment for substance use disorders.
Patients can even participate in medication management through the ease of telemed services from any smart phone or computer.
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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) employs FDA-approved medications to treat life-threatening, chronic brain diseases like Opiate Use Disorder – much like insulin treats diabetes, or ACE inhibitors treat high blood pressure. Ideally, patients will take advantage of medical support, along with individual and/or group counseling to assist and support their recovery. However, MAT is available whether or not patients choose to attend counseling. MAT is available at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care for those with or without medical insurance, as there are grant programs available to assist those who are uninsured or underinsured.
How it helps:
- MAT SAVES LIVES, providing far safer alternatives to opiates such a Fentanyl and heroin.
- MAT helps people feel “normal” again, making it easier to obtain or maintain housing, employment and/or benefits, and can help families to remain intact or be reunited.
- MAT reduces the risk of infection with HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and bacterial infections like endocarditis, by reducing or eliminating activities such as needle-sharing.
At CBHC, MAT options may include:
- Most commonly administered via monthly injection of Vivitrol
- Opioid antagonist – non-opioid medication that is not addicting
- Helps to reduce/control cravings and “rewarding effects” of opiates and alcohol
- No withdrawal upon stopping the medication
- Most commonly administered as Suboxone via daily sublingual film, which incorporation naloxone to render intravenous administration ineffective
- Recently available in monthly injectable, slow-release form as Sublocade
- Partial opioid agonist – binds with high “affinity” to receptors in brain, blocking most other opioids. Helps to control cravings and level out euphoria/withdrawal seesaw to bring people into a more “normal”/central range.
- “Ceiling effect” reduces risk of overdose, especially when compared with methadone and other prescribed or non-prescribed opiates.
** Note: CBHC does not offer methadone, but can refer patients to an area provider if that is their preferred method of treatment.
At Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, we know there are as many paths to recovery as there are individuals working toward their own recovery. Medication Assisted Treatment is a crucial part of that path for a growing number of people. Some groups and organizations haven’t yet embraced the value of this path, and may make it difficult for people in MAT to find judgement-free support.
A new group at CBHC aims to change that, offering free, open discussion and support among recovery peers. You don’t have to make this journey alone, and you don’t have to accept stigma as you make healthy, positive choices for your life.
You are welcome here.
- What: MAT Support Group
- When: First meeting, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Subsequent meeting days/times TBA, but likely alternating Tuesday evenings.
- Where: Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, Building A, Group Meeting Room, 1700 Education Ave., Punta Gorda
- Who: Anyone in recovery utilizing, interested in, or open to MAT – including anyone who may have completed MAT. Participants need not be current or former CBHC patients.
For questions or more information, call (941) 639-8300 x 2486 or (941) 661-0977.
Life is sometimes hectic, and Charlotte Behavioral Health Care is delighted to provide teleservices as a convenient alternative for our busy patients. Teleservices are a great option for those who have busy schedules, parenting demands, health issues or commuting struggles. You receive regular, ongoing medication management from the comfort of your own home – or wherever you are!
What is teleservices? Teleservices is the delivery of health related services through electronic communication. What that means is that you don’t have to come to our campus for your appointment; you can have your medication management session using a computer or smartphone. Teleservices allows you to see your provider from the comfort of your own home, while sitting in the car, or on your lunch break – similar to FaceTime. All you need to participate in telemed services is an electronic device with a camera, audio, and internet. It’s as simple as downloading an app and logging in.
All privacy and confidentiality is the same as meeting in person with your provider.
Call us today to set up telemed services, available during normal business hours as well as some nights.
For more information on teleservices, click here.
Financial note: CBHC is committed to making treatment as affordable as possible. Most Medicaid and Medicare HMOs are accepted, as well as private insurance (when applicable). For individuals without insurance coverage, a sliding fee scale is utilized for services, based on family size and income.