What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines the use of medications with behavioral health interventions and is considered to be the gold-standard for addiction treatment. MAT has been shown to be effective for treating opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and stimulant use disorder.
The medications used in MAT are powerful tools in treating substance use disorders. They work by minimizing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. For example, buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Suboxone & Sublocade) acts on the same receptors in the brain as opioids. For alcohol use disorder, medications like naltrexone and acamprosate help reduce alcohol cravings, while disulfiram causes unpleasant effects when alcohol is consumed, discouraging further use.
Behavioral Health Care
At MATClinics, we offer the full complement of treatment in an outpatient setting. While medications are crucial in MAT, they are even more effective when combined with behavioral health care. MATClinics encourages its patients to take advantage of behavioral health care, especially at times of stress. These services help address the underlying psychological, social, and emotional factors that contribute to substance use disorders.