Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat addiction disorders. Medication Assisted Treatment is one of the most effective forms of therapy for substance use disorders but is widely misunderstood.
MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.
One common treatment option involves the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Sober Partners offers MAT protocols for both Opioid & Alcohol Use Disorders.
The CDC reports that:
- Young adult’s heroin use more than doubled in the past decade.
- More than 90 percent of people who use heroin also use at least one other drug.
- 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.
- Prescription opioid drug overdoses increased threefold in three years.