This service, which incorporates prescription medication with therapeutic support, can help adults end their substance use, resist relapse, and pursue successful long-term recovery. Medication-assisted treatment is a research-based, evidence-supported type of care for people who have been struggling with opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder. Commonly referred to as MAT, medication-assisted treatment combines medication with therapeutic support to help people end their substance use and work toward successful long-term recovery. The medications that are used in an approved MAT program allow patients to end their substance use without experiencing powerful cravings and other distressing withdrawal symptoms. The therapeutic support services help people make the lifestyle changes that are necessary for sustained recovery.
MAT has been closely studied for decades, and it has a documented history of effectiveness in helping people end their substance use, resist relapse, and achieve long-term recovery. Respected organizations such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommend MAT.