Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose.
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.
MAT is primary used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain medication. When a MAT is prescribed, it begins to normalize the brain’s reactors and chemistry that were changed from opioid use, they relieve cravings of future use, and normalize bodily functions without the negative effects of the drug. Medications used in MAT are approved the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and MAT programs are designed to each specific person.
If you would like to learn more about medication-assisted treatment talk to your doctor or call the National Help Line at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).