Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), is the use of FDA-approved medications to provide treatment to patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder. The most commonly used medications are Methadone, Naltrexone and Buprenorphine.
MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to help normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids, diminish withdrawal symptoms, relieve physiological cravings and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the opioid. This treatment approach has been shown to:
- Improve patient survival
- Increase retention in treatment
- Decrease illicit opioid use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
- Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
- Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant