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.

Our three-pronged approach to treatment distinguishes us from other outpatient substance abuse treatment centers; this approach consists of the following:
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Physician Services

Our physician services involve medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and/or medication-assisted treatment. Our MAT program utilizes buprenorphine (including Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade), naltrexone (or Vivitrol), and/or other medications to control cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.

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Counseling Services

Our clinical team uses evidence-based counseling approaches to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy if needed.

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Recovery Support Services

Our team helps clients coordinate care with other healthcare providers and to navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues, among other areas. We also help our clients to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

This whole-client approach to treatment is what sets AAR Healthcare apart. We have the capabilities and experience to provide those we serve with the most effective and personalized rehabilitation possible.

The Benefits of MAT 

When administered comprehensively, which means the medications compliment evidence-based counseling and behavioral therapies, MAT is the most scientifically validated approach for combating a wide range of substance abuse problems.

Among the many benefits of medication-assisted treatment are:
  • Mortality rates are lower for those that undergo MAT.
  • Clients tend to stay in treatment longer, which generally leads to greater recovery success.
  • Their rates of relapse decrease.
  • Clients tend to be able to find and maintain employment more successfully.
  • Women who undergo MAT tend to have more successful pregnancies.

Evidence-Based Clinical Approaches within the AAR’s MAT Program

MAT is most effective when used in conjunction with evidence-based clinical modalities.

At AAR Healthcare we specialize in:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

CBT is commonly used to help clients identify and challenge negative thinking patterns. Once clients can recognize their negative thinking, they learn approaches and behaviors to encourage constructive thinking that leads to more healthy life decisions.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):

DBT is used to help those we serve to find ways to accept themselves, feel safe, and manage their emotions to regulate potentially destructive or harmful behaviors.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET):

MET is used to increase the client’s motivation and desire to make both healthy decisions and lifestyle changes.

Contingency Management (CM):

CM is a kind of therapy where clients are rewarded for evidence of positive behavioral change.

The Matrix Model (MM):

MM helps clients learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse, receive direction and support from a trained therapist, and become familiar with self-help programs. This is especially effective for treating stimulant-centric addictions.

Family Behavior Therapy (FBT):

FBT not only addresses behavioral issues within the family but also how interpersonal family dynamics can be addressed to allow for family healing and rebuilding strained relationships.

Contact AAR Healthcare Today to Learn More About Our MAT Program

If you or someone in your life is addicted to alcohol or drugs, you know how isolating it can be and how hopeless it can feel. In the medication-assisted treatment program at AAR Healthcare, our specialists utilize scientifically tested, clinically based approaches to addiction treatment that can help put you or someone you care about on the road to recovery today. Reach out to us online with our secure online form today or call 844.967.1610 to learn more about what AAR Healthcare can do for you.