People who suffer from substance abuse, especially to alcohol and drugs such as opioids, have probably been researching different resources to find the right rehab facility throughout Berea and its surrounding areas. Luckily, there are various treatment methods available to help those with drug addiction recover, especially medication-assisted treatment (MAT).    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 48.5 million Americans have used illicit drugs or have abused them. From 1999 to 2018, approximately 72,000 people died from overdosing on prescription painkillers known as opioids.


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What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a method used to help those who grapple with substance abuse recover and become sober. For individuals with alcoholism and opioid addiction, MAT is the utilization of FDA-approved medications combined with counseling and behavioral therapies. Medication-assisted is an unconventional treatment that is an addition to traditional addiction rehab. MAT helps to manage dependence and addiction in a more holistic manner, meaning it focuses on every aspect of a person as a whole, both physical and psychological.  As mental health is a major contributing risk factor and reasoning behind an individual’s addiction, Medication-assisted treatment aims to not only treat substance abuse but deal with the issues and stigma associated with drug misuse. Various studies and other researches have proven that the use of medications in conjunction with therapies has effectively treated opioid use disorders (OUD), and helped some people maintain recovery and become sober long-term. Treatment methods to address drug and alcohol abuse, such as medical-assisted treatment, have truly improved the accuracy of diagnosis and management of chronic diseases.

What Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Consist Of?

The MAT program has two major components. Medication and counseling (behavioral therapies).

Medications Used During MAT

Both opioids and alcohol are two of the most abused addictive substances, which cause physical dependence and addiction. After stopping the use of a substance such as opioids, withdrawal symptoms occur as a result, which also increases a person’s chance of relapse. While there are three main FDA-approved medications used during medication-assisted treatment for reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms during detox, MAT also is used for other reasons. The medications used during MAT are used for various reasons. The story behind why a person became addicted to drugs and alcohol is based on a variety of factors, such as family history/genetics, mental health, bad environments, etc. Therefore, treatments such as this one will vary depending on the person and their needs. The three main medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Addiction Therapy Services Used During MAT

The medication-assisted program utilizes different addiction therapy services in addition to medications. The program also utilizes counseling as one of the main components. The main types of therapy that are commonly employed during a medication-assisted treatment program include the following:


Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 

This type of therapy was originally developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but later used to help teach people suffering from addiction new skills and resources to help manage and cope with pain, emotions, and decrease conflict, especially in relationships.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is defined as a goal-oriented therapy method, which focuses on creating a practical approach to problem-solving. During a MAT program, people who are suffering from addiction receive CBT, which helps them change their patterns of thinking, and in return, it helps modify their bad habits and behavior, allowing them to better cope with their issues and difficulties, as they now can view situations from a new perspective.

Other methods of therapy used during medication-assisted treatment include:


  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Mindfulness and stress management
  • Aftercare support
  • Relapse prevention

Benefits Of Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

Medication-assisted treatment always involves a combination of both medications and therapeutic interventions. Comprehensive treatment plans are designed to always serve individuals with recovery needs and goals. Specifically targeting those with opioid and alcohol addictions, MAT programs are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • The medication-assisted treatment program helps both men and women focus on healing and recovering, without any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
  • It helps users who are addicted to prescription painkillers try to understand the factors that lead them to abuse the drugs. It also helps people get to the root of addiction and identifies underlying risk factors and mental health conditions that may be feeding the addiction and aim to treat them simultaneously.
  • The treatment helps people find beneficial resources they need to develop life/coping skills and confidence needed to maintain recovery and become sober. They are taught how to deal with conflicts and how to make necessary better decisions.
  • MAT programs help reduce the risk of relapse.

Gives people suffering from substance abuse the support system they need outside of their family and friends.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Program At Berea Walk-In Clinic

At Berea Walk-in Clinic, KY, our medication-assisted program is a comprehensive treatment plan designed with methods of treatment such as medication and therapy, tailored to a person’s needs. The main goal of our medication-assisted treatment program is for our clients to achieve and maintain sobriety. We assist our clients in learning how to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle that will allow them to have an optimal recovery and achieve their goals. We offer our services to help individuals create and sustain productive and meaningful lifestyles. This can be done by modifying their behaviors and way of thinking, to help them become free of addiction and substance abuse. By utilizing traditional and alternative therapies and treatment components, we have helped to ease withdrawal symptoms, and have decreased the number of relapses. Thus, this has increased and afforded our client’s best chance at lasting sobriety.

Contact Us For More Information

We are proud to utilize one of the most effective and life-changing forms of care. Our highly-specialized team continues to save and change the lives of millions of people, by helping them overcome the power of addiction. To learn more about medication-assisted treatment, and how it can help save your life, or someone you know, contact us at (859) 986-0375 today.