MAT stands for medication-assisted treatment. This modality of treatment is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and early in 2018 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) published new protocols focusing on MAT for the treatment of substance use disorder.
MAT is the use of medications, in combination with behavioral therapies and counseling, in the treatment of substance use disorders. This combination of medication and therapy has proven to be effective in the treatment of substance use disorders and has been a primary factor in helping many people sustain recovery. At Remedy Recovery we believe it is up to the client to determine their individual recovery goals and we provide the clinical expertise to assist them in achieving those goals.
Remedy Recovery uses a number of medications as withdrawal agents, allotted under medical supervision, to help wean people off opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers, alcohol, benzodiazepines and other dangerous drugs. These medications work by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids and relieving psychological cravings. Some of the medications that we use include buprenorphine, naltrexone, and cannabis. All medications are prescribed by Licensed Medical Physicians.
How We Use Cannabis in Medication Assisted Treatment
Remedy Recovery utilizes cannabis under medical supervision. The recent passing of the adult use act in California means all adults are eligible for cannabis use. Cannabis has many medical purposes that can aid in meeting recovery goals. It helps with sleep, pain, trauma, the discomfort of withdrawal and craving, and many other ailments. Many people use cannabis for relaxation the same way millions of people have a glass of wine. With no lethal dose, and no interactions with other medications, cannabis has the potential to eliminate self-harm from drug use as well as treat medical conditions. Some of the benefits can be derived from non-intoxicating CBD.
Those who arrange with the doctor to use cannabis containing the intoxicant THC do so without shame or judgement.
Stigma Free Addiction Treatment
Remedy Recovery believes that mental health impairment and substance use disorders are health concerns best addressed by a medical model with a tailored approach. As Remedy Recovery is focused on client collaboration treatment plans, we consider our clients to be the most important voice in their recovery. Our ethical, educated, and experienced clinical staff provide the foundation for goal clarification and support to meet goals. It is not our goal to mandate how one recovers.
Recent years have seen have seen dramatic improvements in treatment outcomes thanks to science and medicine. Using medication alone isn’t a solution, but the literature is clear: outcomes improve with a medical approach. We say to our clients that you can expect to work hard at Remedy Recovery, but you should not expect to be shamed for not being totally abstinent.
It is our hope that with continued endorsements by scientists, national medication associations, and governmental agencies, we will continue to not only raise the profile of MAT and its effectiveness, but also diminish the shame attached to it. Those with substance use disorders face enough shame. They don’t need to be shamed for the way they are choosing to recover.
For more information on the science of MAT’s success visit our page, Evidence of MAT success.