What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication assisted treatment is the combination of behavioral interventions and medications to treat substance use disorders. It’s use has demonstrated efficacy in reducing illicit drug use, reducing deaths resulting from overdose, and improving retention in treatment programs. The FDA has approved several different medications to treat opioid addiction.
A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. And research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability.