If you’re looking into rehabilitation options, you may have seen MAT offered at several locations or the designation of “medically-supported treatment.” But what is it? 

MAT is a treatment program that uses FDA approved medications to help individuals addicted to alcohol and opioids reduce or quit using or drinking. MAT is used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy to provide a total-body wellness plan for addiction treatment.

If you are interested in learning more or finding a program that utilizes MAT, medication assisted treatment, contact Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our progressive addiction treatment program combines evidence-based addiction treatment with MAT to provide a holistic healing experience. 

What Is MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)?

MAT, medication assisted treatment, is the process of using medication to help treat drug or alcohol addiction. These FDA approved medications are used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, to provide a holistic approach to addiction treatment. 

According to SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “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 and euphoric effects of the substance used.” By removing cravings and normalizing body functions, clients can focus on their goal of sobriety and ween off using medications to complete this process.

For alcohol, MAT approved medications include acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. These medications encourage individuals to stop drinking through psychological deterrents. Acamprosate, for example, makes individuals sick if they drink while taking the medication. Additionally, it is important to note that naltrexone should not be prescribed to individuals with an opioid use disorder as this can initiate opioid withdrawal causing extreme reactions to the medication.

Opioids have a different set of MAT approved medications. “Buprenorphine suppresses and reduces the cravings for opioids, methadone reduces opioid cravings and withdrawal and blunts or blocks the effects of opioids, and naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of opioids and prevents feelings of euphoria.”  Additionally, opioids have an overdose prevention drug, Naloxone which blocks the effects of opioids and can sometimes prevent an overdose from being fatal.

If you think that MAT (medication assisted treatment) may be right for you, contact us today, at Stillwater Behavioral Health.

Is It Ok to Treat Drug Addiction With Other Drugs?

By making the distinction between drugs and medication, individuals can get treatment for their drug addiction with medication. MAT, medically assisted treatment, when used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy, is believed to increase the likelihood of sustainable recovery. “Improving access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services, including the full range of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), is a focus of the FDA’s ongoing work to reduce the scope of the opioid crisis.” Through this process, it is becoming a common and recommended method for addiction treatment.

How Can Stillwater Behavioral Health Help You or Your Loved One Overcome Addiction Today?

Stillwater Behavioral Health is an addiction rehabilitation program that provides the option of MAT, medication assisted treatment, to our clients. Medically assisted detoxification and rehabilitation options improve client experiences and allow them to focus more on sustainable recovery.  Our Porter Ranch and Montecito, California residential treatment programs combine high-quality care with a luxury environment to ensure a safe and relaxing rehabilitative experience.  

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, our addiction rehabilitation programs are specifically tailored to meet the individual addiction treatment needs of our clients. By combining alternative and traditional therapy options, our clients can experience a holistic treatment program designed to meet the needs of their mind, body, and spirit. 

Contact us today at Stillwater Behavioral Health to see how our MAT, medication assisted treatment, can support you on your journey of recovery.

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