What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective, evidence-based approach to treating substance use disorder (SUD) that reduces relapse and overdose rates, and frankly, saves lives.
Tailored to suit individual needs, MAT uses FDA-approved medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings for multiple types of substances and to block the euphoric effects or “highs” produced by drugs like opioids. This includes heroin and fentanyl, as well as prescription drugs that contain opioids. MAT treatment options also exist for those with alcohol use disorder (AUD).
The Benefits of MAT
MAT is considered the “gold standard” for substance use disorder treatment when it is used in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivation interviewing (MI). It is also a standard of care when helping pregnant women manage their substance use disorder before giving birth.
MAT promotes and helps sustain long-term recovery and has been shown to help with the following:
- Increasing Treatment Retention
- Improving Birth Outcomes Among Pregnant Women with SUD
- Decreasing Relapse and Overdose Rates
- Improving the Odds of Gaining and Maintaining Employment
- Decreasing Illicit or Destructive Behaviors
- Lowering the Risk of Contracting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Due to Relapse
Our treatment model incorporates MAT as an option to help keep people alive while seeking treatment and building a stronger support system in recovery.
MAT at Gaudenzia
We offer induction and maintenance on Vivitrol, naloxone, and multiple forms of buprenorphine. We also support a connection to maintenance on methadone at all levels of care. For more information, please call our 24-hour Treatment and Referral HelpLine at 833.976.HELP (4357).