Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT for short) is the use of FDA approved medications along with counseling and behavioral therapy to treat substance use Medication Assisted Treatmentdisorders.

Medication Assisted Treatment is an important medical approach that is used in opioid treatment programs throughout the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines MAT as the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with cognitive and behavioral therapies and counseling to deliver a “whole-patient” approach for the treatment of opioid use disorders.

The FDA-approved medications that New Life Medical Addiction Services uses in MAT for opioid addiction treatment are Buprenorphine and Naltrexone and their derivatives.

The ultimate potential and goal of MAT is a full recovery for the patient, including the ability to live a fully autonomous and fulfilled life. Medication Assisted Treatment has been shown to:

  • Decrease opioid and alcohol use by blocking or reducing cravings
  • Provide safer and more tolerable withdrawal symptom management
  • Improve retention and outcomes in treatment
  • Reduce opioid-related deaths (overdose)
  • Decrease the use of illicit opiates and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
  • Reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission
  • Increase our patient’s ability to secure and maintain employment
  • Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant

New Life Medical Addiction Service’s Medication Assisted Treatment management withdrawal protocol includes the use of Buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade and Zubsolv) along with Naltrexone (Revia & Vivitrol). Other medications can also be used to assist with managing withdrawal symptoms and our physicians will discuss best treatment options for you.

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Medical Approaches to Treating Alcohol Use Disorder

Clinical research has shown that in addition to counseling services or 12 Step program, patients have higher chances of sustaining recovery when being prescribed FDA approved medications to treat Alcohol Use Disorder such as:

  • Naltrexone (Revia and Vivitrol)
  • Acomprostate (Campral)
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)

Medical Approaches to Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Just as with treatment of alcohol use disorder, patients benefit greatly from a combination of counseling and FDA approved medications such as:

  • Methadone*
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv, Sublocade)
  • Naltrexone (Revia and Vivitrol)

Methadone and buprenorphine DO NOT substitute one addiction for another. Those medications are used to restore the brain circuits allowing to decrease cravings and withdrawal.

*We do not prescribe methadone but our clinicians can make appropriate community referral and linkage per your request.

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