Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with evidence-based counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. MAT has been demonstrated to be more effective than either behavioral interventions or medication alone in helping clients achieve and sustain recovery. MAT has historically been used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain medications, but can also be used for alcohol and various other substance use disorders.
Although MAT has become increasingly common to treat substance abuse disorders, many treatment programs only focus on one medication as their approach to MAT, such as methadone for opioid-addicted clients, and oftentimes the counseling and behavioral therapies are not integral parts of such programs. This type of approach significantly reduces the efficacy of MAT protocols.
So, what makes the MAT program at AAR Healthcare so effective and unique?
How AAR Healthcare’s MAT Program Is Different
AAR uses an array of medications in our MAT program, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade) and naltrexone (including Vivitrol), as well as other medications. This allows our staff to treat a larger number of clients with a broader variety of substance abuse disorders.
Also, while other treatment centers that use MAT usually focus almost exclusively on the medication with minimal counseling and support, AAR Healthcare uses the medication to complement a broader treatment strategy.