Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of prescription medications in combination with behavioral therapy and counseling that has proven to be effective in the treatment of opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder.
In inpatient settings it is prescribed to stabilize individuals, and prepare them for reentry into society, where they can continue to remain engaged in a lower level of care. Studies indicate that continued engagement in treatment for a significant period equates with improved recovery success rates.
At St. Joseph’s we provide MAT services in both the Inpatient and Outpatient settings. The decision to begin MAT is made within the therapeutic relationship between the doctor and the patient and is done on an individual basis.
There is an understandable reluctance among some in the addiction treatment community to MAT. Properly administered, MAT is intended to be provided in small doses and combined with cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual interventions …