What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication-Assisted Treatment is a treatment processes combining FDA-approved medication in combination with behavioral and psychological therapy, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders.
The use of medication can be beneficial for individuals in recovery or trying to maintain sobriety. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain a high concentration of opioids.
The MAT medication operates to block the effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve cravings, and normalize bodily functions without the effects of the abused substance.
How does it work?
Clients enrolled in a Medication-Assisted Treatment program are typically given 1 of 3 drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependency:
Office-based non-addictive opioid agonist/ antagonist that blocks the effects of other narcotics while lowering withdrawal risk. This medication comes as a dissolving tablet, cheek film, or a 6-month implant under the skin.
Clinic-based opioid agonist that does not block other narcotics while preventing withdrawal. Methadone is dispensed as a daily liquid in highly-regulated clinics.
Office-based non-addictive opioid agonist/antagonist that blocks the effects of other narcotics. Naltrexone comes in a daily pill or monthly injection.
All three of these treatments have been demonstrated to be effective in combination with counseling and psychological support by the FDA.
MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the significant withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings from certain substances.
What are the Benefits of MAT?
Research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical function, or employability.
The ultimate goal of MAT is a complete recovery from abused substances, and the ability for persons to be able to live a self-directed life. This treatment approach has been shown to:
- Increased patient survival rates
- Increased retention in addiction treatment programs
- Decrease illicit opioid use among people with substance abuse disorders
- Increase a patient’s ability to find and maintain employment
- Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance abuse disorders and are pregnant.
Starting Medication-Assisted Treatment
Call True Recovery to take advantage of Medication-Assisted Treatment for addiction treatment today. We are a full continuum of care that not only provides out clients with Medication-Assisted Treatment, but also a range of additional therapies and treatment that can work in conjunction with it.
In addition, we offer options such as structured sober living and the ability for clients to bring their pets with them for treatment and therapy. For more information about Medication-Assisted Treatment for addiction and substance abuse as well as our other recovery services, call us at (866) 399-6528 or contact us today.