Substance Use Disorder

Breaking the Cycle: Unlocking the Potential of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

By December 23, 2022 January 11th, 2023 No Comments
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Substance use disorders are a major public health problem, impacting millions of people and their families around the world. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it can be very difficult to find effective treatment options. That is why Meridian Advanced Psychiatry believes in the potential of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for treating substance use disorders.

MAT combines the use of FDA-approved medications with counseling and other support services to help reduce risks of overdose and other health complications, increase chances of recovery, and help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. At Meridian Advanced Psychiatry we recognize the importance of combining MAT with counseling and other personalized supports in order to achieve successful recovery. We offer individualized, compassionate, and evidence-based care tailored to each patient’s needs on their journey toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a type of therapy that combines FDA-approved medications with counseling and other support services. The aim of MAT is to reduce symptoms of withdrawal and cravings, which are common challenges in the recovery process. Common medications used in MAT include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

Methadone is an opioid agonist which links to the same receptors as opioids like heroin or fentanyl, alleviating withdrawal symptoms and decreasing cravings. Buprenorphine is another opioid agonist, but has a lower potential for abuse or dependence when compared to methadone. Naltrexone, on the other hand, is an opioid antagonist which blocks the effects of opioids and reduces cravings.

By combining these medications with counseling and other support services, MAT can be an effective approach toward recovery from addiction.

Benefits of MAT

Research shows that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective approach to treating substance use disorders. A review of the literature found that MAT can improve the chances of successful recovery, reduce overdose risk, and decrease opioid use by 40-60%. It can also help people achieve lasting recovery by reducing the negative consequences of substance use and improving their overall health. MAT is associated with improved social functioning, increased employment rates, and lower healthcare costs when compared to traditional abstinence-only approaches.

Another advantage of MAT is that it provides greater accessibility to treatment than other methods due to its outpatient basis. This makes it more convenient for many individuals who may not have the time or resources necessary to access more intensive forms of treatment. As such, MAT has become a popular option for those seeking help with overcoming substance abuse.

Potential Challenges with MAT

MEDication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a helpful tool for those seeking to overcome a substance use disorder. While it has been proven to be effective when used correctly, some individuals may be worried that MAT may replace one addiction with another. It is important to note that any prescribed medication should only be taken under close supervision of a healthcare provider. The goal is to reduce or eliminate their dependency on the medication.

Despite its effectiveness, there is still a concern that MAT could lead to a lack of motivation to change behavior and give up addictive substances. However, it should not be used alone. Research has shown that combining this treatment with other support services can help people achieve long-term recovery.5 At Meridian Advanced Psychiatry, we provide comprehensive care including medication management, psychotherapy, and other support services, so our clients can reach their desired level of recovery more effectively.

Get MAT Care with Meridian Advanced Psychiatry

In conclusion, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective option for treating substance use disorders. At Meridian Advanced Psychiatry, our team of nurses, therapists, and psychiatrists provide evidence-based care that is tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. We provide a range of MAT options, such as buprenorphine and naltrexone, as well as ongoing support and monitoring for optimal results. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact us or call us at (208) 515-CARE so we can take the first step toward recovery together.


  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2020). Medication-assisted treatment. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/medications-counseling-related-conditions
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2020). Methadone. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/medications-counseling-related-conditions/methadone
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2020). Buprenorphine. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/buprenorphine
  4. Food and Drug Administration. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/
  5. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). (2016). Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/who-we-are/offices-centers/cbhsq
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