MAT Replaces One Addiction for Another
- Acamprosate, naltrexone, and disulfiram for alcohol use disorder
- Buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone for treatment of opioid dependency
- Naloxone for opioid overdose
Myth 1: MAT Increases the Risk of Overdose
Myth 2: MAT and Abstinence Work the Same
Myth 3: MAT Is Only a Short-Term Solution
Medication-assisted therapy is often the best long-term regimen for handling substance use disorders involving illicit opioids and opioid pain relievers.
People that have been in a MAT program for up to two years have a greater success rate at managing their dependence on opioids.
With time, mental health professionals managing the MAT-based plan may begin to taper the medication after careful assessment of your progress. You may be able to completely go off the medication-based therapy prescriptions as long as there aren’t any relapses and you can handle the stressors.