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Many people believe that using medication in the treatment of substance use disorders is trading one addiction for another. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), use of FDA-approved medications in combination with evidence-based therapies can be effective in the treatment of addiction and may help recovering users stay in treatment longer, extending periods of sobriety and paving the way for successful recovery.
This combination of therapies is known as medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.
MAT is commonly integrated into treatment for opioid and alcohol substance use disorders.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Addiction and the recovery process are commonly marked by strong cravings to use even after successful completion of detox and treatment. These cravings, a normal occurrence for those struggling to get and stay clean, can interfere with treatment and increase the risk of relapse. Fortunately, certain medications have proven very successful in helping to stave off these cravings and promoting abstinence.
The combination of medications with therapies that teach the recovering user how to manage cravings and triggers for relapse on a cognitive/emotional level promotes extended periods of sobriety.
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