Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an addiction treatment program that combines counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT therapy) is an addiction treatment program that combines counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication. Substance abuse disorder is usually a physical addiction and a mental one. Medication can help alleviate some of the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms so patients can better focus on recovery.
Patients who complete MAT often experience numerous positive effects.
Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms increase the risk of relapse. MAT helps reduce or alleviate these symptoms, making it easier to stay on track with your recovery.
Physical cravings are an unfortunate side effect of drug abuse disorder. MAT uses medications that are designed to reduce these cravings. Sometimes, patients don’t experience any cravings at all.
Medication alone isn’t a viable treatment for substance abuse disorder. MAT combines medication and medical supervision with psychiatric care, group therapy, counseling, and other treatment methods. This comprehensive approach makes long-term recovery much more successful.
Olympus Recovery customizes each individual’s treatment plan. We may offer or recommend medication-assisted therapy after carefully reviewing your medical history and personal situation.
Treatment looks a little different for each person, but here’s the general process, so you know what to expect:
Not every patient needs MAT. This program is offered on an individual basis, and each patient completes a thorough medical and clinical review to ensure it’s the best course of action.
Of course, it’s important to remember that substance use disorder is a disease. Many diseases require medication, even if the patient also completes other therapies and treatment options.
For example, a diabetic often takes daily medication while adjusting their diet and exercise to stay healthy. Addiction often requires a similar approach, with multiple treatments working together for the best possible patient outcome.
Besides medication, your treatment may also include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), individual counseling, support groups, and other services.
MAT is primarily indicated for those who suffer from opioid addiction, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. Suboxone is the most commonly prescribed medication for these disorders because it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Olympus Recovery specializes in substance use disorders. We offer both PHP and IOP programs that are tailored for each individual patient. Our staff members are respectful of your privacy and encourage your recovery. We prefer smaller, more intimate groups for the comfort of our patients.