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Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication assisted treatment (MAT), as defined by the SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health SoulutionsExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving , is the use of pharmacological medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a ‘whole patient' approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.


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Opioid use disorder is a chronic disease and is treatable. The goals are to support recovery and prevent relapse with medication and psychosocial therapy. Medication in support of recovery is one part of a comprehensive approach toward achieving long-term recovery.

In 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services released the Surgeon General’s Report “Facing Addiction in AmericaExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving . The goal of the report is to improve awareness surrounding substance use disorders, reduce the stigma and negative attitudes related to substance use disorders, increase understanding of effective programs and expanding health care programs to provide care for those with substance use disorders. The report is comprehensive and provides information and tools from patients, communities, policy makers to healthcare providers and researchers.

Guiding Principles of Recovery (SAMHSA)

There are many pathways to recovery and each should be self-directed and empowering. Recovery is not a silo, it is does not stand alone, rather it is holistic and involves a community of individuals, peers and family offering a supportive environment. SAMHSA’s ten Guiding Principles of RecoveryExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  [PDF - 3.8 MB] are:

  • Recovery emerges from hope
  • Recovery is person-driven
  • Recovery occurs via many pathways
  • Recovery is holistic
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  • Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks
  • Recovery is culturally-based and influenced
  • Recovery is supported by addressing trauma
  • Recovery involves individual, family and community strengths and responsibility
  • Recovery is based on respect

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