Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based treatment model to provide whole-person care through the use of medications in combination with counseling. It is approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Research has shown that MAT can successfully treat these disorders and help sustain recovery. MAT is also used to prevent or reduce opioid overdose.
This treatment approach has been shown to:
- Improve patient survival
- Increase retention in treatment
- Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
- Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
- Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant
Who is it for?
MAT is primarily used to treat Alcohol Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder.
Contact KYCC Recovery Services or Kheir Clinic (www.lakheir.org) for more information
Resources and Publications
- The Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction – 2015 – also available in Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese
- Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide – 2015
- SAMHSA’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit: Safety Advice for Patients and Family Members – 2018
SAMHSA website https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment
National Council for Behavioral Health https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/mat/