Those seeking treatment for their addiction should consider Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Medication-Assisted Treatment is a method of treatment that provides the patient with the use of supervised medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to help with addiction treatment.
Medication-Assisted Treatment focuses on the whole patient. That means the doctor will work with a patient’s primary care doctor, counselor, and family to ensure that the patient is supported emotionally and mentally as well as physically. The whole-patient approach can offer a path forward for those seeking treatment.
A common misconception with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. They provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid.
Medication-Assisted Treatment is safe and effective when used under a doctor’s care. If you or someone you know are looking for a way to begin the journey to recovery, consider learning more about Medication-Assisted Treatment, and contact a provider to learn more.