Per DMS-5, a disorder characterized by loss of control of opioid use, risky opioid use, impaired social function, tolerance, and withdrawal.
What is medication-assisted treatment (MAT)?
Medication-assisted treatment, commonly known as MAT, is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide an integrated approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
How does it all work?
MAT uses a holistic approach to treat the “whole-patient” with the use of FDA-approved medications, counseling, and behavioral therapy. Medication helps to alleviate withdrawal and cravings, allowing the patient to focus on positive behavior changes.
There are 3 FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder, methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. The goal of MAT is to find the lowest possible dose of a medication that will relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings for a 24-hour period. The medications used in MAT, at a stable dose, do not have any adverse effects on an individual’s ability to work, drive, care for their children, or otherwise live a healthy life.
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