What is a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program?


MAT program
(Last Updated On: February 24, 2020)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program is used for the treatment & prevention of relapse in substance use disorder. Some medicines are found to be very effective in treating drug dependence. MAT combines these medications with behavioral therapies to bring out the best possible results.

Detoxification is the first step in the treatment of addiction. Detoxification is carried out using the medications including medications in MAT. It can be done both in a hospital or at our addiction treatment center at your own home. We guide you to undergo a safe “at home detox”.

In this process, drugs and their toxic metabolites are removed from your body. After this, other medicines are given to manage symptoms. Various medicines are used during this treatment to get off the drugs which caused addiction in the first place.

Drugs Used in MAT:

Following are some commonly used drugs in MAT of opioid addiction:

  • Methadone: It works by making the brain think that it is still getting the drug. It does not produce high, preventing withdrawal symptoms.
  • Buprenorphine: Another opiate with a strong affinity to receptors but does not produce high. It takes the “edge” off and adds a safety factor being a partial opiate only.
  • Naltrexone: it works by reducing the craving and blocking the effects of other narcotics. It does not allow other drugs to produce euphoria, high and sedative effects.

These drugs are used in the treatment of alcohol use disorder:

  • Disulfiram: it is the most commonly used drug in chronic alcoholism. It works better if the person has already gone through detox. It should never be taken when drunk, even after 12 hours of last drink because it produces several unpleasant effects on your body.
  • Naltrexone: Just like in opiate addiction, it works by reducing the craving. It does not allow other alcohol to produce euphoria or high on normally consumed amounts.
  • Acamprosate: this medicine is used when you have quit drinking. It helps in the recovery process by preventing you from taking alcohol once you have stopped drinking. However, it cannot prevent withdrawal symptoms if you drink again.

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