WHAT IS MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT)?
Medication-Assisted Treatment is the use of medication, in combination with therapy, counseling, and community support, to treat substance use disorders (SUD). MAT can be used to treat people with opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder and nicotine use disorder. At Pinnacle Treatment Centers, we use MAT primarily for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).
DOES MAT WORK?
Research shows that MAT for opioid addiction decreases opioid use, opioid-related overdose, criminal behavior related to addiction, and the transmission of various infectious diseases. MAT also increases social functioning, the ability to manage basic life tasks, and time-in-treatment – all of which lead to better treatment outcomes and quality of life for people with opioid use disorder, when compared to treatment in non-MAT programs.