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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat substance use disorder, and for some, can help sustain recovery.

Medication-assisted treatments have been proven to ease symptoms of withdrawal, reduce cravings, and block the brain’s ability to experience the substance’s effect. In many circumstances, incorporating medication-assisted treatment can increase the odds for long-term recovery.

  • Medication-assisted treatments are especially helpful in the early recovery stage, when the person in recovery is going through detoxification and withdrawal.
  • After detoxification, medication may be used to help a person avoid relapse by re-establishing normal brain function and decreasing cravings.
  • Medication can be life-saving for a person who has overdosed on opioids.

Medication assisted treatment can be used to treat:

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Tobacco addiction
  • Opioid addiction, including heroin and prescription painkiller use.

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