Behavioral Health Services FAQs

What are Behavioral Health Services?

According to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medication Assisted Treatment is the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with evidence-based behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to treating Substance Use Disorders

What is an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP)?

Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) provide Medication-Assisted Treatment for people diagnosed with an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). OTPs must be certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and accredited by an independent, SAMHSA-approved accrediting body. For SAMHSA certification, OTPs must comply with all pertinent State Laws and regulations and all regulations enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Addiction, like many other chronic diseases, is a treatable condition. Treatment enables individuals to counteract addiction’s powerful effects on the brain and behavior and allows them to regain control of their lives. There are a variety of evidence-based approaches to treating dependency on alcohol and opioids. Treatment can include behavioral therapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or contingency management), medications, or a combination of approaches. Medications can help individuals with substance use disorders to reestablish normal brain functioning, prevent relapse, and reduce cravings (NIDA, 2009). The following medications have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence:

Opioid Dependence

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), a substance use disorder is characterized as a

“primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, [substance use disorders] can involve cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, [substance use disorders are] progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”

Treatment For Substance Use Disorders

While there are many types of substance use disorders, Affinity Healthcare Group specializes in treating Opioid Use Disorders. Our facilities institute treatment for Opioid Dependency through the therapeutic utilization of FDA-approved medication, also known as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and Behavioral Counseling.

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