Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of SUD and can help some people to sustain recovery. There is no maximum recommended duration of any medication assisted treatment, and for some individuals, treatment may continue indefinitely.
All contracted treatment providers are required to ensure that individuals are educated on MAT options if appropriate throughout treatment and ensure MAT is available in all levels of care. If the provider is not able to induct the individual on their preferred form of MAT at their agency, the treatment provider is required to help the individual find an outside provider/prescriber who is able to prescribe their preferred form of MAT.
MAT is available for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder and/or Alcohol Use Disorder. MAT options include Methadone, Buprenorphine (3 forms: Suboxone, Subutex and Sublocade), and Naltrexone (2 forms: Naltrexone and Vivitrol).