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Medication Assisted Treatment

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Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to treat individuals with substance use disorders. This primarily pertains to addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers containing opioids. MAT is mainly used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a holistic approach to treatment and can help in sustaining recovery.

 MAT may reduce discomfort, avert uncomfortable symptoms and aid with relieving physiological cravings. Medications commonly used to treat opioid addictions are Buprenorphine (Suboxone), Vivitrol (Naltrexone).


For individuals struggling with alcohol, MAT is significantly effective in minimizing withdrawal, mitigating cravings, and improving an individual’s chances of maintaining sobriety. Some of the most common medications used in MAT for alcohol use disorder are Antabuse (Disulfiram), Vivitrol, Revia (Naltrexone), Campral (Acamprosate).


  • Supported for use by the FDA, World Health Organization, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, and the American Organization of Family Physicians.

  • Reducing the need for inpatient detox among individuals.

  • Establish recovery and maintain sobriety therefore, improving quality of life by maintaining employment, relationships, and social functioning.

  • Improves survival rates.


Intake Process

You will be given a comprehensive substance use assessment, as well as an evaluation of mental status. The pros and cons of the medications, treatment expectations, as well as issues involved with maintenance will be discussed.


Continuity of Care

Treatment compliance and progress will be monitored. Participation in some form of behavioral counseling is strongly recommended to ensure best chance of treatment success. You are likely to have scheduled appointments on a weekly basis, however, if treatment progress is good and goals are met, monthly visits will eventually be considered sufficient. The maintenance phases can range from weeks to years. Your length of treatment will be determined by you, your provider, and possibly, your counselor. It will vary depending on your individual needs.


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