Medication-Assisted Therapy is defined as “the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders” such as opioid addiction. We recommend counseling to help with psychosocial issues that can contribute to opioid/alcohol addiction. Multiple different studies show that combining cognitive behavioral therapy together with medication treatment are the most effective approach.
The ultimate goal of the MAT program is to be weaned off the medication at some point down the road. The average length someone is on a medication like Suboxone is approximately two years.