What is medication-assisted treatment (mat)?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

What is it like to take medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder?

Because these medicines are very powerful, doctors follow a strict set of rules for MAT. This is to make sure the medicines are used safely.

Your doctor may have you sign a written agreement to take your medicine exactly as instructed. You'll also agree to be careful with it and not share it with others. If you don't follow the agreement, your doctor may not be willing to keep treating you.

Depending on the medicine being used, you will probably take a pill every day, at least at first. With some medicines, you may be able to take them less often after a while. You may have to go to the doctor's office or a clinic to get your medicine each time.

Your dose may need to be adjusted up or down at first.

Some people have side effects, but they're usually minor.

You might take the new drug for months, years, or even for life.

Along with MAT, counseling and education are also an important part of treatment for opioid use disorder.

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