Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several different medications to treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence.
"MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs. Combining medications used in MAT with anxiety treatment medications can be fatal. Types of anxiety treatment medications include derivatives of Benzodiazepine, such as Xanax or valium." - SAMHSA
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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) | SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA: "This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD."
You can download it for free at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA18-5063FULLDOC
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
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3 Approved medications to treat opioid addiction:
*Because of buprenorphine’s opioid effects, it can be misused, particularly by people who do not have an opioid dependency.
*Naloxone is added to buprenorphine to decrease the likelihood of diversion and misuse of the combination drug product.