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How medication assisted treatment (MAT) can support recovery

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 10, 2018, 7:49:21 PM

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Addiction is a complex and chronic disease, but recovery is possible. Addiction treatment like medication assisted treatment (MAT) can help someone with substance or alcohol use disorder achieve recovery and maintain sobriety. By combining behavioral therapy with specific addiction medications, MAT is the safest and most effective option for recovery.


Can MAT treat addiction?

MAT works to treat addiction by first helping a person with substance or alcohol use disorder stop using drugs and/or alcohol. This is called medical detox. Medications like Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, can aid in the withdrawal from opioids. But medical detox is only the beginning.

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How does MAT support recovery?

Because MAT combines behavioral therapy with specific addiction medications, MAT is able to provide a “whole-patient” approach. Behavioral therapy can help address the underlying issues that cause addiction. Many people struggling with substance or alcohol use disorder also struggle with what are called co-occurring disorders. In fact, people with co-occurring disorders, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are more likely to experience substance or alcohol use disorders.

Is MAT an effective addiction treatment?

MAT is a clinically effective addiction treatment and it has been shown to improve patient survival. Patients that receive MAT are more likely to remain in treatment and many who have successfully completed an addiction treatment program that includes MAT are able to find and maintain employment upon completion. MAT has also been shown to decrease criminal activity among people with substance or alcohol use disorder and increase birth outcomes among women who have a substance use disorder while pregnant.

 

 

How do I know if MAT is right for me?

If you are ready to choose recovery, you can learn more about medication assisted treatment by contacting one of our counseling centers. We’ll help you find the addiction treatment option that is right for you.

Recovery is possible. Get on the road to health and healing by choosing recovery today.


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