What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Individuals struggling with opioid addiction can find themselves dealing with intense cravings due to the hold the drug has over them both physically and mentally. The cravings are so powerful that many find it difficult if not impossible to stop using opioids. Many who suffer from opioid use disorder find it difficult to achieve long-term sobriety by stopping on their own. Many need the intervention of professionals in the form of a medically assisted detox facility followed by an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center. However, sometimes that is not enough to stop the strong urge for the opioid addicted individual to pick up and use. In these cases, the addicted individual would benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT serves to ease cravings in those looking to achieve abstinence from drug abuse but struggle with maintaining sobriety. Through the combination of behavioral therapy and certain medications, MAT improves the likelihood that an individual will not return to their drug of choice. Currently, there are several medication-assisted treatment protocols for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. These treatments can allow a drug or alcohol addicted individual to be removed from their drug of choice for an amount of time sufficient enough to develop the coping skills needed to achieve full recovery from their addiction.