Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a component of care or opioid or alcohol use disorder. It’s an approved part of many patients’ opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and involves the use and integration of certain FDA-approved medications to treat cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Medication-assisted treatment has been dubbed the “gold standard” addiction treatment and has proven incredibly effective when integrated into an overall comprehensive treatment approach. In one commonly cited study reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), MAT was reported to aid in a nearly 40 percent decrease of opioid overdose deaths among participants. More and more treatment centers are offering MAT as part of their overall treatment approach.
What Medications Are Used in MAT?
The approved currently used in medication-assisted treatment include:
Suboxone® (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) - Available in pill or sublingual (under-the-tongue) film form at intervals and doses specific to your care needs according to your doctor’s recommendations. The buprenoprhine works by offering a limited supply of opioids to curtail cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while the naloxone blocks the euphoric effects that can lead to dependency. Buprenorphine and naloxone are also prescribed under the names Zubsolv® and Bunavail®.
Sublocade® - (Extended-Release Buprenorphine) - Sublocade is available by injection and offers limited extended-release doses of buprenorphine to reduce opioid cravings. A single injection will last at least a month (28 to 30 days). The package insert also states the following: A minimum of 26 days must elapse between Sublocade doses
Vivitrol® (Monthly Injectable Naltrexone) - Vivitrol is a monthly injection of the medication naltrexone. It’s approved to treat alcohol and opioid dependency. Vivitrol works by blocking endorphins from attaching to brain cells that produce euphoric feelings associated with substance use.
Methadone is also used in MAT, but requires a doctor’s supervision, whereas the above drugs can be taken independently.
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It’s important to realize that MAT is not a substitute for any other part of treatment, and it should be administered only to eligible patients alongside detox and behavioral rehab. Contact our representatives to help you find an effective MAT rehab near you.
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Boston Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers
If you or someone you care about are living in Boston and are struggling with addiction, you already know how bad the addiction crisis is in many parts of the city. Boston is facing a variety of substance use threats, including prescription opioids, alcohol, cocaine, meth, heroin, and more. Overdose deaths in Boston have risen considerably over the past year, due in large part to the infiltration of fentanyl into illicit drug supplies. The good news is, however, that there are ample resources in Massachusetts to help you or the person you care about get quality help for substance use disorder, no matter how long or much you’ve been using drugs or alcohol.
Types of Boston Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers
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