Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. It is essential to focus on the whole patient if we want a patient to be successful with MAT.
First, it’s important to understand what addiction is. Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or similar substances despite adverse social, mental, and physical consequences.
Someone suffering from addiction will crave the drugs if they are missing and withdrawal symptoms will kick in. The person will begin to suffer from depression, exhaustion, anxiety and similar conditions if they don’t have the addictive substances.
A person gets locked into addiction through a combination of three factors: guilt, depression and cravings. Working with a counselor or provider to address the mental, social, and emotional parts of addiction is essential to gaining freedom from the hold it has over a person. This care, when combined with the medication Suboxone, can help treat opioid dependence.
The goal of treatment is to improve the functionality of the patients’ life. We strongly believe that a person with an opioid addiction can regain a healthy, productive life. When we focus on the whole patient, we are giving them the best tools for success.