What is medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder combines counseling and other recovery supports with prescribed medications. These medications help reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that come from stopping opioid use. The medications approved for MAT are methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

Research shows that using MAT can increase the chances of successful recovery. The longer people stay in treatment and use recovery support programs, the better they do at staying drug-free and maintaining recovery. But, medications alone are usually not enough. Lifestyle changes and other services may be needed.

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