MAT – Medicated-Assisted Treatment

A "whole-patient" approach to the treatment of substance use disorders

The MAT program is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. This approach is done in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole patient treatment aimed at full recovery.

For MAT patients full recovery puts them on a path to have the ability to live a self-directed life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this treatment approach has been shown to:

  • Improve patient survival
  • Increase retention in treatment
  • Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment

This service is available to you at Sun Life Family Health Centers. Contact your Sun Life about accessing this service.

For more information about the FDA approved medications, the effectiveness of the program and how integrated behavioral health plays a role, download our brochure here.

You can also find more information at https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment