Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T.)
Medication + Behavioral Therapist = MAT


Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications 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 to sustain recovery.

Q :What are some common mental disorder symptoms I should be aware of when considering the MAT program

A :Some of the most common mental disorders seen in MAT patients with co-occurring substance use include:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with methadone, buprenorphine, or naloxone, has been proven to help patients recover from opioid addiction.

  • Safe
  • Cost-effective
  • Reduce the risk of overdose
  • Increase treatment retention
  • Improve social functioning
  • Reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission
  • Reduce criminal activity

When researchers studied heroin-overdose deaths in Baltimore between 1995 and 2009, they found an association between increasing availability of MAT (methadone and buprenorphine) and an approximately 50% decrease in the number of fatal heroin overdoses.