Medication Assisted Treatment

Proven to Prevent Overdose Deaths and Improve Psychosocal Functioning

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Medication Assisted Treatment

Proven effective

  • Medication Assisted Treatment is proven to be more effective and reduces deaths from opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and pain pills. It also improves outcomes for alcoholism.

  • MAT is now standard of care due to the proven benefits over older methods that rely only on treatments that do not use medications. Not offering MAT or refusing to treat people on medications is malpractice.

  • Addiction is chronic brain disease. That is why treatment, even for 90 days or more is not effective unless it is followed by long term followup and ongoing treatment.

  • It NOT just replacing one addiction. Patients on stable doses of Suboxone, Zubsolv, Bunavail do not feel high. Most importantly, they don't die, relapse, commit criminal acts, or get hepatitis C, HIV or endocarditis as often.

  • Patients on MAT are more capable of successful recovery than those who are "abstinent". I use the quotes, because people taking MAT medications as prescribed are abstinent.

  • Addiction has never been defined by the drug or amount of it being used. It has always been defined by what happens to the person that is using the drug (or behavior). The vast majority of people who drink alcohol or use drugs are not addicted to them. If problems begin to happen, they change their behavior. People with addictive disorders suffer significant problems related to their use but do not/cannot stop.

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