Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a holistic addiction treatment that brings together counseling and the use of medications to stabilize brain chemistry and reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Understand the principles of MAT in the treatment of substance use disorders as an effective treatment approach.
Identify the various medications used in MAT and their mechanisms of action.
Describe the role counseling and behavior therapies play in MAT approaches and why these approaches need to be individualized and culturally-sensitive.
Discuss the roles systemic racism and cultural backgrounds play in perceived quality of care and availability of resource.
MAT has been proven to be a viable option for substance use disorder treatment that is different from abstinence-based models. Research has shown that individuals who receive MAT are more likely to remain in treatment, reduce their substance use, and improve their overall health and social functioning compared to those who do not receive MAT.
Drs.Sawyer and Chumley sit down with Dr. Carla Smith to discuss the approach, the medications used, and many of the considerations that surround MAT and how it’s used.
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Addiction Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional/Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)