Medication Assisted Treatment
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For nearly 50 years, Root Center for Advanced Recovery has provided Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders.
What is Medicated Assisted Treatment?
MAT uses medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a “whole-patient” approach. The goal of MAT is sustained recovery and an ability to live a more self-directed life.
MAT has been shown to:
- Improve patient survival
- Increase retention in treatment
- Decrease illicit opiate and other drug use
- Decrease rates of infections (HIV, Hep. C, etc.) and other morbidity related to substance use
- Decrease crime rate in communities
- Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
- Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant
- Increase ability to maintain positive, productive, and sustained family relationships
These approved medications assist with urges, cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and some act as a blocking mechanism for the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids.
In alignment with best practice standards, Root Center uses MAT in combination with comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic programming to help individuals progress in their recovery journey. Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are the three primary FDA-approved medications that are used in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUDs). All three have been clinically proven to be safe and effective in treating OUDs and are critical tools in helping individuals achieve a long-term recovery.
Taking medication for an OUD is the same as taking medication for any other chronic disease. You should never allow embarrassment or stigma stop you from getting help and support.