A Treatment for Your Substance Use Disorder That Works: Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)

April 13, 2021

Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) is used to treat substance use disorders as well as sustain recovery and prevent overdose.

MAT, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, is the use of medication to provide a “whole you” approach. What exactly does the “whole you” approach mean? It means that treatment is not a one size it fits all. It means that the FDA-approved medication that’s prescribed to you in done so by looking at your medical history, family history, and more. By doing it this way, you’ll receive treatment that suits your needs.

MAT, while primarily used to treat opioid use disorder, can also be used to treat Alcohol Use Disorder, Cannabis Use Disorder, Hallucinogen Use Disorder, Inhalant Use Disorder, Sedative, Hypnotic, Anxiolytic Use Disorder, Stimulant Use Disorders, Tobacco Use Disorder, and Gambling Disorder. OARS is expanding on its past experience with MAT and counseling to treat the aforementioned substance use disorders.

“We use Medicated Assisted Treatment for our patients, as well as our on-site counseling services, to ensure that our patients have the best chance for recovery,” says Dr. Bryan Negrini, founding physician at OARS.

MAT has proven to be clinically effective for those with a substance use disorder. In fact, at OARS, MAT, in addition to counseling services, has a 91 percent 6-month retention rate and a 79 percent 1-year retention rate. That’s countless lives that have been saved from the clutches of their addiction.

The ultimate goal of MAT is to get you into full recovery, living a life free from addiction. With MAT as a course of treatment, you’ll improve your chances of living, social functioning, and, ultimately, living the life you’ve always imagined.