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Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. 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.
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A problematic pattern of opioid use leading to impairment, distress or poor quality of life.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. (NIDA)
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) safely combines behavioral therapy and medication, such as buprenorphine, to provide a whole-patient approach to treat opioid use disorder. In scientific studies, MAT has been shown to reduce the feeling of withdrawals, cravings and accidental drug poisonings.