Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) treats drug use disorders comprehensively using medication and often pariting it counseling and behavioral therapy. Some people struggling with opioid use disorders (OUD) may benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which can involve administering drugs with counseling and other behavioral therapies.
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What is the medication-assisted treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a way to treat addiction using medication that may include psychotherapy or counseling. MAT is when drugs are used to help someone who is dependent change their behavior. MAT drugs help ease withdrawal symptoms and psychological desires that can cause chemical imbalances in the body, leading to drug addiction. MAT medications are based on research and don't just switch one drug for another.
What is the medication-assisted treatment for opioid use?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which includes opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines medication and often behavioral therapy to address substance use disorders. Three drugs are widely used to treat opioid addiction. The three treatments are Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone.
- Methadone: It is a clinic-based opioid agonist that does not block other drugs but prevents withdrawal when taken. This daily drink is only available in specialist, tightly regulated opioid treatment institutions. Confidant Health is not a provider of Methadone.
- Buprenorphine: Daily dissolving pill, cheek film, or six-month implant beneath the skin are options for an office-based opioid agonist/antagonist that blocks other drugs and reduces withdrawal risk.
- Naltrexone: Injectable or tablet form of a non-addictive opioid antagonist that prevents other drugs' effects.
It would be best to check which treatment suits you the best with your doctor.
How does medication-assisted treatment work?
Short-acting opioids like heroin, morphine, and codeine and semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone are treated with buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. These MAT drugs might be used for months, years, or even a lifetime, speak to your provider for more information. Naloxone, on the other hand, is used to prevent opioid overdoses by reversing the harmful consequences of the overdose. Before quitting usage, as with any drug, see your doctor.
How does medication-assisted treatment help in opioid use?
Short-acting opioids like heroin, morphine, and codeine and semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone are treated with buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. These MAT drugs might be used for months, years, or even a lifetime. Naloxone, on the other hand, is used to prevent opioid overdoses by reversing the harmful consequences of the overdose. Before quitting usage, as with any drug, see your doctor.
What are the benefits of medication-assisted treatment in opioid use and alcohol use?
People who use opioids and alcohol can get help with their addictions with the help of medicine, like this:
- People are more likely to stay in therapy when given access to safer and better-controlled drugs.
- Reducing the use of illegal drugs and the risks and legal consequences that come with them.
- Death caused by overdose is far less likely.
- When used with counseling and behavioral therapy, it can stop the problem from happening again.
When combined with counseling and behavioral treatment, it can reduce the chance of recurrence.
What are the risks of medication-assisted therapy?
However, there are several risks associated with medication-assisted therapy that you should take into account:
- Medical supervision is required for MAT.
- There is the potential for negative consequences.
- Misuse or misuse of the medications is a possibility.
- Another dependence might occur in the future.
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