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Overcome Alcohol Addiction with Outpatient MAT

If you or a loved one is struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), you know how overwhelming and isolating it can feel.  We understand this battle and offer a path to recovery with our comprehensive outpatient MAT program. Our tailored approach combines FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapies, addressing both the physical and mental aspects of addiction. You don’t have to face this alone. Let us support you every step of the way toward lasting sobriety.

I am so thankful for this place. It has helped me more than I can express. From my very first day when I was pale and could hardly move to now and into the future! The amount of support I have received is unbelievable and unmatched. I am so thankful for the staff for being there through my recovery in capacity. You are truly lifesavers, and I am eternally grateful!

CleanSlate Patient from Elkhart, Indiana

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Individual Treatment Solutions for AUD

Uniquely Tailored: Each treatment plan is crafted to match your unique backgrounds, needs and goals
Deeply Personalized: Our whole-person approach covers all aspects of recovery–mind, body and spirit
Integrative Treatment: FDA-approved medications combine with behavioral health treatment
Sensitive to Circumstances: Plans are specifically designed to align with your life situation and schedule.

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FDA-Approved Medications for AUD Treatment

Acamprosate (Campral): Restores brain balance and helps maintain abstinence, promoting long-term sobriety.
Disulfiram (Antabuse): Produces unpleasant effects when alcohol is consumed, effectively deterring use and blocking the euphoric effects of alcohol.
Topiramate (Topamax): Reduces the pleasure associated with alcohol, helping to decrease cravings and minimize the risk of relapse.
Naltrexone (Oral Tablets/Injectable Vivitrol): Blocks the intoxicating effects of alcohol, supporting recovery by reducing cravings and minimizing relapse risks.

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Integrative Behavioral Health Treatment

Comprehensive Care: This integrative approach promotes lasting recovery by treating all aspects of your health–mind, body and spirit–encouraging balance and wellness across every area of life.
Dual Treatment: Medications manage withdrawal and cravings while concurrent therapy addresses psychological barriers, making MAT significantly more effective.
Trauma Processing: Trauma-informed therapies help you process past traumas.
Development of Coping Mechanisms: Learn strategies to handle stress and triggers without resorting to opioid use.
Management of Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions: Ongoing support helps you gain control over your thoughts and emotions, promoting healthy behavior and decision making.

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Comprehensive Care Coordination

Our comprehensive care coordination ensures that you can fully concentrate on your recovery, with all other aspects of your life managed to support your journey towards a healthier future. Where needed and available, we can help you find: 

Childcare, Insurance, and Transportation: We assist in securing reliable childcare, enrolling in appropriate insurance plans, and obtaining necessary transportation for treatment and daily activities.
Basic Needs and Employment: Provide support for procuring essential items such as food, shelter, and clothing, alongside helping you gain employment and financial stability.
Education: Find opportunities for continuing education to enhance your skills and qualifications.
Additional Healthcare: Coordinate healthcare appointments with primary care providers, psychiatrists, and mental health services
Government Assistance: Help with applying for government assistance like disability and food stamps

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What is Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?

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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a medical condition where a person can’t stop or control their drinking, even when it causes problems at work, socially, or with their health. It ranges from mild to severe and includes symptoms like strong cravings for alcohol, needing to drink more over time to feel the same effects, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

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High blood pressure


Delirium Tremens


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Causes of Alcohol Use Disorder

Understanding the causes of AUD is complex, as it involves a variety of interrelated factors. Here are some key contributors:

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Family Influence

A family history of drinking or growing up in an environment where alcohol abuse is prevalent greatly increases the risk of developing AUD. Family dynamics, such as abuse, neglect, or lack of emotional support, also play a critical role.


Experiences of trauma, especially in early life, such as physical abuse or the loss of a parent, can predispose individuals to alcohol dependence.

Chronic Stress

Persistent stress, especially without healthy coping mechanisms, can lead individuals to turn to alcohol as a form of relief.

Mental Health Disorders

There is a strong link between AUD and other mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and personality disorders, which can both precipitate and exacerbate alcohol abuse.

Social and Cultural Pressures

Social norms and pressures, peer influence, and alcohol portrayal in media can all encourage drinking behavior and potentially lead to AUD.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

The symptoms of alcohol use disorder can range from mild to severe, and can include:

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Compulsive Drinking

Repeatedly failing to control, cut back, or stop alcohol use, despite serious efforts to change


Neglect of Responsibilities

Consistently failing to fulfill duties at work, school, or home due to drinking patterns


Continued Use Despite Harm

Persisting in drinking even when it’s causing physical, mental, social, or spiritual damage


Withdrawal Symptoms

Suffering from physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms when trying to reduce or stop drinking


Increased Tolerance

Needing increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to feel its effects


Preoccupation with Alcohol

Spending excessive time on activities necessary to obtain, use, or recover from the effects of alcohol



Using alcohol as a primary strategy for coping with daily challenges

Frequently Asked Questions about MAT for Alcohol Use Disorder

What is Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?

Alcohol Use Disorder is a medical condition characterized by an inability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. It ranges from mild to severe based on the number of symptoms experienced.

What are the signs and symptoms of AUD?

Common signs of AUD include persistent desire to drink, inability to control alcohol consumption, continued alcohol use despite harm, developing a tolerance to alcohol, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking.

How do I know if I need alcohol addiction treatment?

If you are unable to control your alcohol use or if it is causing problems in your personal or professional life, it may be time to seek help. Other signs that you may need treatment include experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking, needing to drink more to feel the same effects, and feeling guilty or ashamed about your drinking habits.

What happens during alcohol addiction treatment?

The specifics of treatment will depend on your specific needs and the treatment facility you choose. However, common elements of alcohol addiction treatment may include individual and group therapy, education about addiction and recovery, and participation in support groups.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for AUD?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for AUD combines FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapies to help manage the physical and psychological aspects of alcohol dependence. This integrated approach is designed to support sustained recovery.

Which medications are used in MAT for AUD?

The medications used in MAT for AUD include Acamprosate (Campral), Disulfiram (Antabuse), Topiramate (Topamax), oral Naltrexone, and Naltrexone injectable (Vivitrol). These medications help reduce alcohol cravings, block the euphoric effects of alcohol, and support long-term sobriety.

How long does the outpatient MAT program last?

The duration of the outpatient MAT program can vary based on individual needs and progress. Treatment is typically ongoing, with the length tailored to ensure the best outcomes for sustained recovery.

How does behavioral therapy complement MAT in treating AUD?

Behavioral therapies in MAT programs help individuals develop skills to cope with their addiction, repair relationships, and change harmful behaviors related to alcohol use. Common therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing.

What services does outpatient MAT for AUD include?

Outpatient MAT for AUD typically includes comprehensive assessment, individualized treatment planning, medication management, regular health evaluations, and support services such as care coordination for additional needs like housing, employment, and transportation.

Who can benefit from outpatient MAT for AUD?

Individuals struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder who are looking for a flexible treatment program that allows them to maintain their daily responsibilities while receiving support can benefit from outpatient MAT. It is suitable for those with mild to moderate AUD symptoms who are committed to recovery.

Is outpatient MAT for AUD effective?

Yes, outpatient MAT is recognized as an effective approach for treating Alcohol Use Disorder, significantly improving the chances of recovery by combining medication with behavioral therapies and support services.

How can I start treatment with outpatient MAT for AUD?

To start treatment with outpatient MAT for AUD, contact a treatment provider like CleanSlate to schedule an assessment. During the assessment, a tailored treatment plan will be developed to meet your specific needs and recovery goals.

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