What is MAT? Why is it Important?
Regardless if the user took opioids for the feeling they cause, or under the direction and care of a licensed medical provider, extended opioid use can change the chemical function of the brain and cause illnesses like Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, combines behavioral health therapy and medication to treat patients with OUD. These medications stabilize the craving and withdrawal cycles users experience when they cannot find a high enough dose of opioids to prevent them; when withdrawal and craving is prevented, users in treatment can begin to make steps toward recovery.
Why allow people with OUD to suffer needlessly, when medical solutions exist?
Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction
- Methadone (Dolophine®, Methadose®)
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®, Probuphine®)
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol®)
Community Action Network recommends that all levels of providers strive to become waivered to offer MAT services. The pathways to opioid addiction often begin with legitimate medical conditions that require pain management. These are everyday patients who, through injury, now struggle with opioid addiction. These are your neighbors, colleagues, family members and friends. They deserve the opportunity to heal.
Will you become a part of their success story?