What Is MAT?
MAT stands for medication assisted treatment. Although it may sound counter-productive, the use of certain medications helps people to overcome substance use disorders. When something is physically addictive, it means it is able to trick your body into believing you require the substance — which you will experience physically and mentally as withdrawal symptoms. If you suddenly stop taking substances such as alcohol or opiates after chronic use, you are at risk of facing severe health consequences.
An MAT program also helps to manage cravings while receiving addiction treatment. Once you have learned healthy coping mechanisms and built up your self-esteem through counseling, you should be ready to stop taking the medication.
MAT and Opioid Use Disorder
Our opioid treatment program includes the use of Vivitrol because we feel it gives clients the extra helping hand they need to overcome such a challenging disease. Opiate use disorder is among the most severe addictions because it has a fast track to your brain via internal opioid receptors.
With opioid addiction, your brain stops producing certain neurotransmitters by itself and relies on the drugs you administer instead. This isn’t an indefinite change — with counseling and professional health care, you can overcome any addiction. Vivitrol is an excellent option for treating people who suffer from substance abuse, in combination with psychoeducation, individual counseling and peer support.