Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication assisted treatment (or MAT), is a technique used by doctors across the nation to decrease the rate of relapse in patients with opioid use disorder. MAT consists of prescribed medication, behavioral therapy and counseling. The purpose of medication is to block the euphoric and sedating effects of opioids, reduce cravings and decrease symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Psychosocial interventions address the psychosocial contributors to OUD and may help improve retention in care. The MAT approach focuses on long-term recovery, which decreases the chance of relapse. Without treatment, relapse rates are at a staggering 90% or greater. MAT significantly reduces the risk of relapse and overdose and thereby increases the odds of lasting sobriety.