Medication-assisted treatment or MAT programs are an evidence-based approach to treating opioid addiction, and they have been shown to be more effective than other methods of treatment like detoxification or behavioral therapy alone. They work by using medications to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms while also providing counseling and other forms of support to help patients recover from addiction.
If you think you or a loved one could benefit from MAT, contact our team at MD M.A.T.T Baltimore today at 410.469.6561. We offer a variety of evidence-based treatment programs that can be customized to meet your unique needs, and we are here to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.
What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
MAT programs work by using medications to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms while also providing counseling and other forms of support to help patients recover from addiction.
We provide Suboxone treatment as part of our MAT program.
There are several different medications that can be used in MAT. The three most common are methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Each of these medications works in different ways to help those struggling with addiction manage their cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
At MD M.A.T.T. Baltimore, we’ve found that Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is an effective medication for our patients. Suboxone helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms while also blocking the effects of other opioids.
MAT and Counseling
Medication alone is not enough to treat addiction, which is why our MAT programs also include counseling and other forms of support.
Counseling involves meeting with a therapist on a regular basis to discuss your goals for treatment and any challenges you may be facing. During these sessions, you’ll:
Identify Triggers for Relapse
Work Through the Underlying Causes of Addiction
Develop Coping Mechanisms for Long-Term Recovery
This comprehensive approach to treatment ensures that you have the tools you need to recover from addiction successfully.
What to Expect from Our MAT Programs
We’re making addiction treatment more accessible by incorporating technology into our MAT programs. New patients can schedule appointments and go through the intake process entirely online. Once the forms are complete, we’ll send out appointment reminders so you can stay on top of your schedule and commitments. Your first appointment will be about an hour long, during which you’ll get to meet your practitioner and the program director.
Your First Visits
Our team will lay out a strategic plan for addiction treatment during the initial visits. We highlight the importance of establishing a community for recovery by placing each individual in a small group. You’ll identify your goals for treatment and begin to build relationships with your group members.
After the first few visits, you’ll see your practitioner regularly. Scheduling and rescheduling appointments at MD M.A.T.T. is simple should you need to make any changes to your schedule. You’ll take Suboxone as prescribed and attend counseling sessions regularly.
You’ll take Suboxone as prescribed and attend counseling sessions on a regular basis. This treatment isn’t just about treating addiction or overcoming the craving. You’ll find purpose in all that you do by building a community that supports you through thick and thin.