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What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

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If you or someone you love lives with opioid use disorder (OUD), you understand its devastating impacts on all areas of life. OUD is a chronic, progressive disease that damages physical, psychological, and psychosocial well-being. Treating OUD is challenging and intense. Without comprehensive treatment, many individuals become trapped in a pattern of chronic relapse and believe that recovery is impossible. At MD M.A.T.T., we know this isn’t true.

A medication-assisted treatment program (MAT) is the safest and most effective way to treat OUD, sustain recovery, and reduce or prevent opioid overdose. MAT is primarily used to treat addiction to opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers. MAT also treats severe alcohol use disorder, which often co-occurs with OUD. Call MD M.A.T.T. at 410.364.8194 to see if our medication-assisted treatment program is right for you.

What Is MAT?

Medication-assisted treatment is an individualized approach to treating opioid use disorders that integrates a combination of counseling, behavior therapy, and FDA-approved medications to provide “whole-person” recovery.

The medications used in MAT are approved by the Federal Food and Drug Association (FDA) and have been empirically proven effective through numerous scientific and clinical studies. These medications include naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Suboxone).

MAT helps address the psychological, social, physical, and emotional aspects of addiction that can trigger opioid addiction. The FDA-approved drugs for MAT help to:

  • Normalize brain chemistry
  • Block the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol
  • Relieve physiological cravings for opioids
  • Regulate body functions
  • Reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Manage chronic pain

At MD M.A.T.T., we focus on bringing together medicine, technology, and community to overcome opioid use disorder and promote a healthier state of living for our patients. We understand that no one chooses opioid addiction, and we know the stigma attached to it is a barrier to seeking treatment.

Our services help break the barriers to opioid addiction treatment by providing appointments that are no different from going to a regular doctor’s office visit and through our telehealth treatment services.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Information

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is an evidence-based approach to recovery that remains misunderstood, despite its clinically proven effectiveness. Many traditional 12-step-based programs argue that using medications as part of addiction treatment trades one addiction for another. Simply put, this is false. Treating opioid use disorder with MAT is no different than treating a person with diabetes with insulin.

Medication-assisted therapy helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and allows patients to stop constantly thinking about their drug of choice. They can then be more open to therapeutic interventions to help uncover their trauma and overcome opiate addiction.

The ultimate goal of MAT is total recovery from opioid addiction. Medication-assisted treatment has been clinically shown to:

  • Increase active participation in treatment
  • Decrease illicit opioid use
  • Reduce criminal activity in individuals with OUD
  • Restore physical and psychological ability to participate in treatment
  • Improve physical health
  • Stabilize mental health
  • Relieve withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduce the potential for relapse and overdose

Medication-assisted treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach to opioid addiction treatment. Instead, your treatment team at MD M.A.T.T. will work with you to understand your unique needs and create a treatment plan designed to meet your treatment goals and plan for recovery.

Reach Out to MD M.A.T.T. for Medication-Assisted Treatment

MD M.A.T.T. is an opioid addiction treatment center that understands the unique challenges of opioid use disorder and specializes in creating individualized treatment plans using Suboxone-focused medication-assisted treatment. We believe in bringing medicine, technology, and community together to foster lasting recovery.

Our treatment centers in Maryland and Washington, D.C., are staffed with highly-trained teams of doctors, counselors, and psychiatrists who are passionately dedicated to helping end the opioid epidemic. We believe that effective treatment should be accessible to all. In addition to medication-assisted treatment, we provide:

  • Detoxification services
  • Case management services
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Community support services
  • Telehealth treatment services
  • Transportation for Medicaid patients

Medication-assisted treatment can help patients regain control and get their lives back on track when used as part of an integrated, comprehensive treatment plan. Call MD M.A.T.T at 410.364.8194 or contact to learn more about how medication-assisted treatment can help you or your loved one overcome opioid addiction and achieve lasting recovery.