Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Addiction Treatment Assisted By Medication (MAT)

What is MAT?

Medication-Assisted Treatment is the use of specific FDA-approved medications in conjunction with behavioral therapies, counseling, or intensive psychiatric treatment. This kind of medically-supported treatment for substance use disorders helps the individual stay substance-free throughout treatment and recovery. Those individuals who struggle with either opioid or alcohol addiction are the primary clients of MAT. Again, Medication-Assisted Treatment is a long-term maintenance therapy and works best when coupled with clinical therapies and treatment programs.

How Does the Medication Help?

Medication-Assisted Treatment is not suitable to treat every type of addiction, but it has been seen to help in opioid and alcohol addictions. The benefits from an individualized formula of behavioral therapies and medications are:

Reducing withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings by normalizing brain chemistry
Blocking the euphoric effects associated with the drug
Normalizing body functions and limiting psychophysical effects given by withdrawals
Preventing overdoses
Preventing relapses
Promoting a sustainable recovery

Specific Medications Used in MAT Recovery

Medications administered with MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These programs are designed to provide a safe and controlled level of medications in order to effectively create a sustainable recovery journey.

Buprenorphine (brand names such as Suboxone, Subutex, Belbuca, Butrans, Buprenex)
Naltrexone (brand names such as Vivitrol, Revia)
Naloxone (brand names such as Evzio, Narcan)
Methadone (brand names such as Diskets, Dolophine, Methadose)

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Speak to one of our Admissions Specialist
  2. We’ll get to know your situation
  3. Answer any questions you may have
  4. Verify any benefits you might want to utilize

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) For Opioid Addiction

Opioid use disorders can be very dangerous and have multiple negative side effects. Opioids change the body’s perception of pain, making it very difficult for an individual’s brain to accurately detect it. It also can have an affect of other body systems, such as causing constipation, slow breathing, and altering moods.

MAT is typically used for these opioid addiction substances:
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Vicodin
  • Carfentanil
MAT Medications prescribed to treat opioid use disorder:
  • naltrexone (Vivitrol or Revia)
  • buprenorphine (Suboxone or Sublocade)
How these medications help:
  • naltrexone – blocks the effects (the “high”) of opioids at the brain receptors and is used for individuals who have completed detox
  • buprenorphine – suppresses withdrawal symptoms and relieves cravings

MAT For Alcohol Addiction

Though MAT is mostly used for opioid use disorders, Medication-Assisted Treatment can also be used for alcohol use disorders.

MAT Medications prescribed to treat alcohol use disorder:
  • naltrexone (Vivitrol or Revia) – works very similar like it does for opioids, removes the ‘reward’ sensation from the alcohol.
  • Other medications used are acamprosate and disulfiram

Is Medication-Assisted Treatment Successful and Safe?


MAT has been clinically proven to be extremely effective for addiction treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has deemed MAT to have a strong basis in clinical evidence-based treatment. To be even more thorough, currently, the CDC is conducting other studies to prove the efficacy of MAT.

Medication-assisted treatment is deemed to be safe as well. The drugs that can be administered during this treatment are all approved by the FDA following clinical tests that have proven their safety and effectiveness when merged with behavioral therapy, empowering activities, and a tailored recovery schedule.

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MAT Effectiveness in Recovery

MAT has been seen to:

Increase treatment retention
Decrease the likelihood of relapses
Decrease opiate use and other illegal activity
Increase an individual’s ability to retain jobs and enjoy a social life
Increase the individual’s chances of survival
Reduce the risk of HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C
Improve birth outcomes in pregnant women struggling with sustance addiction

Good Fits For MAT

Individuals who have experienced any of the below might be a good fit for Medication-Assisted Treatment:

Recently completed a higher level treatment program (such as an inpatient rehab program)
History of multiple relapses
History of overdose
Unstable or unsupportive living environment
Obsessive thinking of past drug use
Significant psychological cravings
Insufficient aftercare guidance
Continued exposure to drugs

MAT at Peaks Recovery

In order to receive MAT through Peaks Recovery an individual must be enrolled in our IOP Program as well. MAT supports cravings while the therapy supports the underlying conditions that amplify cravings. Our IOP Program involves three weekly group therapy meetings, where there individuals who are utilizing our MAT will be appropriately provided their prescribed medications. The dosages are reviewed frequently by a doctor/provider to ensure efficacy and effectiveness.

Check out Episode 30 of our Finding Peaks Show – What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Goals For Our MAT Program

Through our integrated approach, MAT allows Peaks Recovery to provide interventions that have been proven to help individuals sustain successful recovery. MAT alleviates the imbalance of the limbic system, lessons cravings, and allows the individual to apply the newly learned rehabilitated skills to everyday life. When coupled with an individualized behavioral therapy plan, an individual can truly focus on building their life skills, values, connection, community, and true commitment to change.

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