What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective form of treatment for addiction recovery that involves the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to help individuals overcome their addiction to opioids, alcohol, and other substances.
Types of MAT in Washington
At Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers, physicians use a variety of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options, depending on which substance a client has become dependent on. Separate medication regimens are available for opiate dependence (prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl), alcohol use disorder, and addictions to other drugs.
MAT for Opioids: Heroin and Fentanyl Addiction
For addiction to heroin, prescription opioids, or fentanyl, MAT typically involves the use of prescriptions like buprenorphine. MAT prescriptions work by binding to the same receptors in the brain that are activated by opioids, but they do so in a way that reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing the same level of euphoria and other effects associated with opioid use. This makes it easier for clients to stop using opioids and maintain their sobriety.
MAT for Alcoholism
For alcohol addiction, physicians at Lakeside Milam treatment center may prescribe naltrexone and acamprosate. These medications reduce cravings and prevent relapse by blocking the effects of alcohol, making it harder for individuals to experience the pleasure associated with alcohol use. Those battling alcohol dependence may benefit from seeking MAT in Washington.
MAT in Washington
MAT is not a standalone treatment and should be combined with Lakeside-Milam’s evidence-based behavioral therapies to address the underlying psychological and historical factors that contributed to addiction. At our center, MAT is administered in a comprehensive and coordinated manner, with close monitoring and follow-up to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. To learn more about MAT in Washington for opioid dependence, alcoholism, and other addictions, contact our admissions team.