What is MAT in Substance Abuse Treatment?

What is MAT in Substance Abuse Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication is one of the newest therapeutic treatments for substance abuse disorders. These medications provide the opportunity for individuals addicted to opioids to achieve sustainable recovery. 


A nation-wide study to analyze the effectiveness of MAT in opioid abuse treatment is being finalized now in hopes of expanding MAT to all states. Smaller studies have been conducted, but have met resistance from the addiction community. While many feel that the best way to beat addiction is through substance abstinence, MAT utilizes medication to enhance long-term recovery.


If you feel that using MAT to build the structure for your life-long recovery from drug use, Brightside Recovery is your MAT approved Chicago rehab facility. Contact us today for the same day or next day evaluation and care. Our outpatient treatment programs fit your lifestyle and promote real sustainable recovery.


What Is MAT in Substance Abuse Treatment?

MAT is Medically-Assisted Treatment.  This therapeutic treatment is used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a more “whole-patient” approach to treatment for a substance abuse problem.  


MAT involves the use of FDA approved medications to support and sustain recovery. No two clients are the same, therefore MAT therapy is individualized to meet the needs of the client.  The FDA has approved Buprenorphine, Methadone, and Naltrexone to treat opioid use disorders. These medications act like opioids and block the pain receptors, but do not provide the high, which helps balance out the brain chemistry and reduce withdrawal symptoms.


Additionally, the FDA has approved Acamprosate, Disulfiram, and Naltrexone for alcohol use disorders. These medications work to block the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication and allows individuals to work towards reducing drinking and/or sobriety.


Who Is Eligible for MAT Treatment?

MAT treatment, according to the FDA, should be available to all individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. This means using FDA approved drugs for opioid use, including individuals addicted to heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription pain medications and those struggling with alcohol use disorders. 


It is important to note that individuals on Medicare and Medicaid have access to MAT specific medications based on the SUPPORT Act. If this is a consideration, contact the MAT rehab facility of your choice to see if they can meet your insurance requirements.


What Are the Benefits of MAT Treatment?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MAT has been shown to

  • Improve patient survival
  • Increase retention in treatment
  • Decrease illicit opiate 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”
  • Reduces the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C


While MATs ultimate goal is “full recovery, with the ability to live a self-directed life” these modifications only prove to support MATs helpfulness in substance abuse treatment.


To speak with someone about the positive outcomes of MAT, contact Brightside Recovery today.


How Can Brightside Recovery Support Me?

Brightside Recovery is an addiction treatment program that works with individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders in an outpatient capacity. Our clients work to not only change their lives, but change the stigma around MAT and addiction treatment. For the last 6 years we have worked tirelessly to perfect our MAT program to support individuals ready to eliminate alcohol from their lives. By using Naltrexone, we have been able to support over 2,000 people on their personal journey of recovery. 


Our outpatient and online treatments focus on using “I can” programs to move rehabilitation from a dream to a reality. Our comprehensive program combines individual counseling, group therapy, and family therapy in an effort to create opportunities for healing. 


Join us today if you are ready for a change. Brightside Recovery – Treatment when and how you want it.

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