Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) refers to the use of medication in combination with counseling and therapy to address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. While MAT has proven effective in promoting recovery, it is especially useful in the treatment of opioid addiction and alcohol use disorder.
Medical supervision in MAT is crucial for successful addiction treatment and here are some reasons why:
For safe medication management
Some of the medications used in a MAT program e.g., naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone can have potent effects and need to be carefully monitored to prevent diversion, misuse and overdose. Medical supervision ensures this is done and that the medication is taken safely. Additionally, medical professionals assess the patient’s history and carry out medical evaluations to ensure individuals are given the correct medication at the right dosage.
For customized treatment plans
Every individual’s journey to recovery is unique and MAT programs should reflect this. Medical supervision allows for the development of customized treatment plans tailored to an individual’s specific recovery needs. These plans can be easily tailored to address co-occurring medical conditions for the best recovery outcomes.
To increase client retention in treatment programs
Medical supervision in MAT allows for the safe management of any side effects caused by medication by adjusting the dosage or even the type of medicine individuals take. Additionally, medical professionals can monitor patients’ progress, increasing their comfort and commitment to the program. If people feel comfortable with treatment, they’re more likely to stick to it, improving the overall outcome.
To reduce the potential for overdose and relapse
MAT plays a key role in preventing opioid overdose by increasing access to naloxone. Medical professionals save lives by educating individuals and families on how to use this medication. Furthermore, they can closely monitor patients at a rehab facility for signs of relapse and respond swiftly to mitigate it.
For psychological support
Medical professionals in a MAT program not only address the physical aspects of treatment but also the psychological ones. Professionals such as addiction therapists and counselors help patients uncover and address the root causes of their addictions and work with them to develop coping strategies and resilience when faced with cravings and triggers.
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