Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) involves the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with behavioral therapies, to treat substance use disorders. MAT is designed to address the biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction and support individuals in their recovery journey.
The medications used in MAT can help to reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve cravings, and block the effects of the abused substance, making it easier for individuals to focus on other aspects of their recovery. Commonly used medications in MAT include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. The combination of medications and behavioral therapies is based on the principles of comprehensive, holistic, and patient-centered care and is tailored to meet the unique needs and circumstances of each individual. The goal of MAT is to improve outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders, including reducing substance use, improving health and functioning, and promoting sustained recovery.