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.

Suboxone is the brand name for buprenorphine with naloxone. This mixture of opioid antagonists and agonists also helps people battle opioid cravings, but not those associated with alcohol.

Vivitrol is the brand name for an extended-release version of naltrexone. It subdues the opioid receptors in your brain that are responsible for alcohol or opiate cravings. We prefer extended-release because you only need to get an injection once a month.

Sublocade is used to treat an opioid disorder. It is given as an injection under the skin and can be administered by your provider once a month.

Benefits of MAT

Ultimately, if you’re struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, MAT can be hugely beneficial.

  • Reduces cravings and makes it easier to focus on getting better
  • Responsibility for your health
  • More likely to succeed in treatment
  • Reduces the need for inpatient detoxification services

  • Increases likelihood of attaining and keeping employment

Medication-Assisted Treatment in Ohio

If you’re ready to seek substance abuse treatment, call On Demand Counseling today at 330-270-8610. Ask one of our friendly addiction experts how Vivitrol and counseling could help you.

On Demand Counseling provides effective outpatient rehab services to residents in Austintown, East Liverpool, Newton Falls, Youngstown, Mineral Ridge, West Austintown, Canfield, Boardman, Poland, Struthers, Campbell, Girard, Lordstown, and across the great state of Ohio.


For more information about how On Demand Counseling in East Liverpool, Austintown, and Newton Falls can help you change your life, call 330-270-8610.