Diagnoses of substance abuse disorders and mental health issues are often different from person to person. Treatment plans are tailored to each client and adjusted appropriately to ensure the client receives the treatment needed for recovery. 



Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) can help during the acute withdrawal and detox periods for certain substances such as opioids or alcohol. MAT combines therapy with medications that manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

Ahwatukee Healthcare provides MAT to all qualified clients when deemed medically appropriate by our providers and is offered as a part of a holistic treatment plan to promote abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and other substances of abuse. Ahwatukee Healthcare offers FDA-approved medications for MAT and evidence-based practices to treat substance abuse and promote abstinence. Our medical providers make a concerted effort to educate clients on the benefits of MAT and provide strong encouragement to engage in MAT to support ongoing abstinence. 

For qualified patients, we offer Suboxone and Vivitrol maintenance services to complement your journey through sobriety with the convenience of using our Onsite Pharmacy.

What Are Other Medications Used In Drug Detox?

To stabilize someone in withdrawal from certain substances at the start of a longer-term treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs), medical professionals may administer different medications to ease symptoms and decrease the risk of complications. For example, some medications that may be used during opioid detox include:

    • Clonidine: A medication used to lessen the moderate symptoms of opioid withdrawal, including sweating, vomiting, chills, and insomnia.

    • Buprenorphine: An FDA-approved partial opiate antagonist medication used for mild-to-severe opioid use disorder that controls cravings and lessens withdrawal symptoms.

    • Methadone: A long-acting, full opioid agonist medication used to stabilize and maintain people in recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD).

  • For the management of acute alcohol withdrawal, benzodiazepines are commonly administered for seizure prophylaxis and other symptomatic management, before being tapered off throughout the detox period.

  • With some types of benzodiazepine dependence, a relatively long-acting benzodiazepine (e.g., diazepam, chlordiazepoxide) will first be substituted for the benzodiazepine having been previously used. Then, it will be tapered slowly to ease withdrawal over a more extended amount of time.