Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. MAT medications are evidence-based treatment options that relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. They do not just substitute one drug for another.
Opioid Dependency Medications
Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are used to treat those with opioid use disorders involving short-acting opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone. These MAT medications are safe to use for months, years, or even a lifetime. As with any medication, consult your doctor before discontinuing use.
MAT has proven to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for these individuals. MAT provides a comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy that addresses the needs of most patients.
The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. This treatment approach has been shown to:
Research also shows that these medications and therapies can lower a person’s risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C by reducing the potential for relapse.
Opioid Overdose Prevention Medication
Naloxone (Narcan) is used to prevent opioid overdose by reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. If you or someone you know is using opioids, including prescription opioids, please talk to your pharmacist, or physician about accessing Naloxone; it could save a life.[i]
Addiction Treatment for Seniors
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in substance abuse and mental health issues as the necessary isolation increases feelings of depression and can exacerbate alcohol and substance abuse. This is especially true for seniors who were dealing with issues of loneliness prior to the onset of the global pandemic.
Seeking treatment for increased alcohol and substance abuse is a seamless process. CDPHP has a robust network of treatment providers utilizing telemedicine. Your older patients can also seek help from Senior Hope, which provides treatment for seniors who have substance abuse issues. For additional information, call (518) 489-7777 or visit their website
 Information provided by the SAMHA website: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment and the CDPHP medical director.