Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Addiction Medicine & Mental Health located in Catonsville, MD

Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)

The initial detox phase is one of the most challenging parts of addiction recovery. At EsiaCare in Parkville, Maryland, addiction medicine specialist Grace Agboh, NP, can help relieve withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings with medically assisted treatment (MAT). The treatment can improve your comfort and treatment outcomes. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Q&A

What is medically assisted treatment (MAT)?

MAT uses prescription medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms. It requires a trained medical professional's administration, guidance, and oversight to ensure safe and effective care. 

MAT is an evidence-based model that combines medication with therapy, counseling, and support services. It offers a comprehensive and holistic approach for individuals struggling with substance use disorders.

What are the benefits of medically assisted treatment (MAT)?

MAT provides several benefits to people recovering from addiction or substance use, including:

Withdrawal symptom management

MAT makes the detoxification process more manageable and comfortable by minimizing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.

Reduced relapse risk

Cravings during withdrawal can feel intense and all-consuming. MAT helps stabilize brain chemistry to minimize the euphoric effects of certain substances, reducing the risk of relapse.

Improved treatment adherence

By reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms and promoting a more comfortable treatment, MAT allows you to focus on other aspects of recovery, such as therapy and counseling.

Holistic care

Pairing MAT with effective interventions, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and support groups, helps to address the physical and psychological effects of addiction and substance use disorders.

Are there different types of medically assisted treatment (MAT)?

The two main MAT types are:

Medications for alcohol use disorder (MAUD)

MAUD targets alcohol dependence and addiction with naltrexone, acamprosate, or disulfiram. These medications reduce cravings by blocking alcohol’s pleasurable effects or creating adverse reactions when you drink. They can help you achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD)

MOUD typically include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. They focus on reducing cravings and relieving withdrawal symptoms to improve your comfort during detox. These medications also prevent the euphoric effects of opioids.

How can I prepare for medically assisted treatment (MAT)?

Preparing for MAT can help minimize roadblocks in your recovery. Before beginning MAT, your Esia Care provider may recommend:

  • Scheduling a physical exam
  • Evaluating your medication options
  • Preparing for lifestyle changes
  • Communicating and coordinating with your support system
  • Making arrangements for work or school
  • Gathering any necessary medical history
  • Making post-MAT rehabilitation plans

MAT can support your long-term recovery goals safely and effectively. Call EsiaCare today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.