Medication Assisted Treatment
Brief intro to Medication-Assisted Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment or MAT for short is a treatment that uses medication in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapy to treat substance abuse. MAT is primarily used to treat addiction to opioids from heroin to prescription pain killers as well as alcohol. MAT normalizes brain chemistry and also blocks the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol.
The Stigma of MAT
MAT has not been well understood in the general public. For most MAT is seen as a trade-off essentially becoming addicted to something else.
The Effectiveness of MAT
Mat has shown to improve a patients’ chances of survival as well as increase a patients likelihood of sticking with a rehab program. Mat decreased the use of opioids among the users.
Mat has also improved the outcome of birth for women who have substance use disorder.
The Different Medication used in MAT
Buprenorphine main function is to suppress and reduce cravings for the abused drug.
Naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of drugs it is effective in the case of a relapse.
Disulfiram is used to treat chronic alcoholism.
Acamprosate is a medication for people in recovery who want to avoid drinking.