Medication-assisted treatment is one of many options available for those who are fighting substance abuse disorders. While it’s not the only treatment option, it is one that has had success, especially for those who have struggled in their recovery in the past. While MAT programs are only available for certain substances (notably, alcohol addictions and opioid addictions), they can be invaluable for those who have decided to make an active change in their lives and lifestyles. If you have questions about this treatment option, contact Bayview Recovery today at 855.478.3650.
What is a MAT Program?
A medication-assisted treatment program involves the use of medications to curb withdrawal symptoms and improve upon the general experience of recovery. Medication-assisted treatment isn’t medication-only treatment; our treatment specialists use it in conjunction with other known, proven therapy methods such as counseling and CBT. Many people find it difficult to recover because of the physical issues related to withdrawal. Still, a MAT program addresses these physical issues while we address other mental and emotional problems.
Benefits of a MAT Program
MAT programs use an array of medications to facilitate more effective treatment. Why are MAT programs often used as a path to success? There are a few major benefits:
- Improved success rates: MAT programs make it easier for individuals to adhere to the program because they aren’t experiencing withdrawal’s negative physical impact. Altogether, this makes it easier for the individual to follow the program to its fruition.
- Better health: Patients in a MAT program can experience better physical health outcomes and better mental health outcomes because they aren’t experiencing the physical impact of withdrawal. With substances like alcohol, the physical experiences of withdrawal can be fatal.
- Superior social functioning: On a MAT program, patients can experience better social functioning, making it easier for them to stick to the program. With excellent social functioning, patients can maintain healthy relationships and support networks, both of which are critical for remaining on task.
- Treatment retention: MAT programs make it easier for patients to focus on their recovery and do the work they need to do to make that recovery sustainable. Treatment retention is core to ensuring that patients continue to move forward and don’t experience significant slides backward.
- Better outcomes for children: With pregnant or nursing mothers, MAT programs can be used to get patients into physical recovery faster, thereby yielding better results for infants. MAT programs may also be able to increase functioning in those going through recovery to better take care of families.
Challenges of a MAT Program
Ultimately, MAT programs can get patients off substances faster and make it easier for patients to avoid them. There are some challenges when it comes to MAT programs. For instance, patients may be resistant to the idea of “relying” upon medications or may feel as though they would rather go “cold turkey.” But as a proven, science-based strategy, MAT programs are often recommended for patients interested in recovery.
MAT Programs in Treatment Centers
MAT programs can be used in conjunction with intensive treatment services, such as inpatient treatment facilities. In addition, MAT programs are also available with outpatient treatment. The best way to connect with a MAT program is to consult with a treatment center. Treatment centers assess patients to determine their best path of success, including whether they will fare better in an outpatient or inpatient center and how intensive counseling and therapy services should be.
Everyone’s recovery is different, and everyone may use different tools to achieve their recovery. MAT programs are one of the treatment processes that modern treatment centers use. However, we use other tools as well.