Medication Assisted Treatment and Counseling
Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT, involves the use of medications for the treatment of substance abuse and addiction issues. Included in medication assisted treatment is counseling and behavioral therapies, to help an addicted person totally heal emotionally, physically and psychologically. Research has shown that through using a combination of medication and therapy, an addiction can be successfully treated and overcome.
What Can MAT Treat?
Most often medication assisted treatment is used to treat opiate addiction and prescription drug abuse. When a person uses MAT, the drug or drugs prescribed will normalize the chemistry of the brain, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opiates, alleviate physical cravings and normalize the functions of the person’s body. The medications used during treatment are all approved by the Food and Drug Administration and provide to meet each person’s needs.
Under federal laws, medication assisted treatment patients must receive counseling, which needs to incorporate different types of behavioral therapies. The services are required along with medical, educational, vocational and other treatment options.
How Effective is Medication Assisted Treatment?
In 2013, more than 1.8 million people were suffering from opiate addiction and about half a million of these individuals were struggling specifically with heroin. MAT has proven to be clinically effective and beneficial in reducing the need for inpatient drug treatment services. The best things about using MAT are the following; improved patient survival, improved retention during treatment, decreased opiate use, and improved ability to gain and retain employment.
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