Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication-assisted treatment is the use of medication in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders and can help some people sustain recovery.

There are many medications approved to be used in MAT. Some of the most popular include

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone)
  • Vivitrol (naltrexone)
  • Sublocade (buprenorphine)

When is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Used?

While there are medications that can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from all types of substances, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is primarily reserved for people who struggle with addictions to alcohol and/or opioids. There are three different types of medications used, each of which has its own unique attributes and works in its own unique ways. Medications either:

  • Opioid agonists/antagonists that bind to opioid receptors and prevent withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings
  • Opioid antagonists that block opioid receptors without activating them to prevent drug cravings


  • Deterrents that make individuals feel sick if they attempt to use a substance while taking their medication

The medications used in MAT are most effective when combined with a comprehensive treatment program that involves behavioral therapy, individualized counseling, and peer support.

Benefits of MAT

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been proven clinically effective and is the gold-standard treatment approach for opioid and alcohol addictions. MAT is thought to provide a more individualized and comprehensive approach to recovery compared to traditional treatment methods. A few benefits of MAT programs include:

  • Improved rates of patient survival after treatment
  • Increased treatment completion rates
  • Improved ability to maintain employment after treatment
  • Decreased rates of illicit opioid use
  • Decreased rates of drug-related criminal activity
  • Improved birth outcomes in pregnant women who are addicted to opioids
  • Reduced rates of HIV, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne illnesses

The goal of MAT is to enable patients to achieve a full recovery.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program may be right for you. Contact the Suboxone Treatment Clinic in Palm Beach County, Florida today to learn more.