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Myths and Facts About Medication-Assisted Treatment
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). People who use opioids experience a better outcome when they combine MAT with treatment or therapy. So why are some people and institutions hesitant to use this life-changing tool? For many people, it’s simply a lack of information.
Here are some of the myths about MAT, and the facts, too:
- “Using medication to treat addiction is trading one drug for another.” Even today, for many treatment centers, the idea of taking medication to treat addiction is met with stigma and skepticism. This myth persists, usually because of fear or misinformation that a person may have heard. Contrary to this belief, the medication used in MAT doesn’t get the user “high,” and they do not develop a tolerance to it. MAT offers a maintenance dose of medicine to help keep cravings at bay.
- “I’m/my spouse/patient is not sick enough for MAT.” Anyone with an opioid use disorder can benefit from MAT to help them avoid relapse. MAT can be tailored to an individual’s needs. Don’t let this myth prevent you from getting help.
- “MAT increases the risk of an overdose.” Actually, MAT is a great way to help somebody stay the course in recovery and avoid relapse. People who use MAT and attend therapy or treatment tend to have a better chance for long-term recovery from addiction.
- “Insurance doesn’t cover MAT.” Actually, many private and public insurance plans cover Medication-Assisted Treatment. Under certain circumstances, Medicaid even covers Suboxone. Usually, prior authorization is required by your insurance company. Most MAT providers can help you file the correct paperwork and help determine your eligibility criteria. Don’t let this myth keep you from getting help.
MAT is a vital tool, and more medical professionals have begun prescribing it to help their patients with substance use disorder. In addition, Suboxone, also known as buprenorphine, can be a powerful tool that helps patients stay focused on recovery and avoid relapse.
Getting Help for Opioid Use Disorder
If you or someone you love lives with opioid use disorder, help is available. We can offer Medication-Assisted Treatment services and even have virtual sessions available for clients in North Carolina. Learn more about how we can help by calling 910-295-7246.
If you are in need of help, please call us at: 910-295-7246 or message us.