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Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

The use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful.

As part of a comprehensive treatment program, MAT has been shown to:

  • Improve survival
  • Increase retention in treatment
  • Decrease illicit opiate use
  • Decrease hepatitis and HIV seroconversion
  • Decrease criminal activities
  • Increase employment
  • Improve birth outcomes with perinatal addicts

FDA approved Medications for Alcohol Dependence

  • Naltrexone (ReVia®, Vivitrol®, Depade®) –  http://dpt.samhsa.gov/medications/naltrexone.aspx
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse®) – http://dpt.samhsa.gov/medications/disulfiram.aspx
  • Acamprosate Calcium (Campral®) – http://dpt.samhsa.gov/medications/acamprosate.aspx

FDA approved Medications for Opioid Dependence

Click here for a list of local programs that provide Medication Assisted Treatment

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