Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a form of pharmacotherapy and refers to any treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) that includes a pharmacologic intervention as part of a comprehensive substance abuse treatment. The ultimate goal is for the client to achieve recovery with the ability to live life with full social functioning. MAT is not just limited to Narcotic treatment programs. Any level of treatment for SUD services can offer MAT as a treatment modality.

There are several resources that provide a wealth of information:

  • SAMHSA provides a detailed website on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). This site includes information on the combination of Medication and Counseling Treatment; Buprenorphine Waiver Management; Physician and Program Data; Legislation, Regulations and Guidelines; and much more.

  • TIP 43: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs. This Treatment Improvement Protocol from SAMHSA gives a detailed description of medication-assisted treatment for addiction to opioids, including comprehensive maintenance treatment, detoxification, and medically supervised withdrawal. Discusses screening, assessment, and administrative and ethical issues.

  • Medication-Assisted TherapiesRecovery Month Webcast (July 6, 2005). Describes medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and alcoholism. Shows how medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone or buprenorphine therapy, work with counseling and other types of behavioral therapy to enhance recovery from addiction.
Last updated December 7, 2015