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Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is a treatment approach for addiction that combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapy. Our MAT program uses FDA-approved medications to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, making it easier for you to stay on track with your recovery. In addition to significantly reducing the risk of overdose and death, MAT can help improve mental health and social functioning.
Program offering includes:
Behavioral therapy
Family support services
Case management
Psychiatric care
Medical monitoring
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What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?

When it comes to addiction, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a harm reduction approach that involves using FDA-approved medications, such as buprenorphine, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. This comprehensive approach of MAT is more effective than medication or counseling alone and can help individuals achieve long-term sobriety.

Commonly Used Medications In MAT

The most common are opioids, such as buprenorphine and methadone, used to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Other common medications include naltrexone, which helps to reduce the risk of relapse, and clonidine, which can be used to manage anxiety and agitation. In addition, psychiatric medications, such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, can be prescribed to address underlying mental health conditions that may contribute to substance abuse.

Why Consider Medication-Assisted Treatment?

One of the most challenging obstacles is withdrawal, which can cause intense cravings, anxiety, and other symptoms that make it hard to abstain from drug use. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) helps individuals overcome these challenges by providing medications that reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms.

While traditional approaches to treatment focus on individuals' use of drugs or alcohol, MAT takes a whole-person approach to treatment. This terminology means that treatment is not just focused on the symptoms of the illness but also the person's overall health and well-being. Our MAT program uses a combination of medication and other services to provide an individualized plan of care. Some services offered alongside medication include counseling, support groups, and case management.

Other benefits of MAT include:
  • Reduced risk of relapse and overdose
  • Relief from debilitating withdrawal symptoms
  • Increased chances of long-term recovery
  • Extended medical support
  • More cost-effective than other treatment options
  • Greater freedom for recovering individuals
  • Minimizes cravings
  • Decreased risks of life-threatening conditions