Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is becoming more accepted in the professional community. The heroin epidemic is taking more than 150 lives every day. Whether you agree with MAT or not, there is no denying the evidence-based studies that show the mortality success rates above 60%. It also drastically reduces infections and diseases associated with addiction. However, it must be clear that the MAT is not for everyone, and individuals must see a qualified addiction physician and find out if they are a good fit for this form of treatment.
Educating Addiction Professionals and Public on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) from West Palm Beach, FL
Medication-assisted treatment, in the context of Addiction Medicine, is an acronym that stands for “Medication Assisted Treatment”. How does this apply to opioid use disorders? (addiction to heroin, Dilaudid, Roxicodone, etc.). When individuals are seeking addiction treatment starting with opiate detox West Palm Beach, they don’t realize the medication-assisted treatment options.
There are two different drug and alcohol addiction disease models often used to explain an individual’s predilection for addiction- the “moral model” and the “disease model”. This reinforced by the vast majority of experts in the field of Addiction Medicine was that addiction is, in fact, chronic brain disease and we should manage it as we would manage other chronic disease states such as diabetes and hypertension.
This management of other chronic diseases includes the comprehensive approach of lifestyle modification and medication, when appropriate. We are already aware of the lifestyle component of addiction treatment- namely the various stages of rehabilitation, and then proceeding with 12 step work, attending meetings, etc. But, what about the medication aspect of treating this particular chronic disease? This aspect of treating addiction with medication is known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
During the radio show below we discuss with a prominent South Florida Addiction Treatment physician specializing in medication-assisted treatment and drug addiction treatment. He educates on evidenced-based treatment and how the views on this life-saving treatment are changing. This show will educate on drug rehabs West Palm Beach, however, it can be used in any area of the United States.
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