Debunking Myths: The Truth About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

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Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a proven and effective approach to treating opioid use disorder. Despite its benefits, MAT still carries a stigma that’s rooted in misinformation and confusion. In this blog post, we’ll debunk some common myths about MAT and provide the facts to help you better understand this life-changing treatment.

Myth #1: MAT is just substituting one addiction for another.

Fact: MAT involves the use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, which help to normalize brain chemistry and reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This allows patients to participate in counseling and other forms of treatment, leading to long-term recovery.

Myth #2: MAT medications are nothing more than a crutch to prevent real recovery.

Fact: MAT is a comprehensive treatment approach that combines medication with counseling and other forms of support. Patients who participate in MAT programs can achieve “true recovery” and successfully manage their substance use disorder over time.

Myth #3: If you take medications like Suboxone or methadone, you aren’t really in recovery.

Fact: MAT is a legitimate and effective treatment for opioid use disorder. It helps more people stay in treatment and remain sober for the long term. At the correct dosage and taken as directed, patients do not feel high, and they do not struggle with withdrawal symptoms.

Myth #4: Buprenorphine is bought and sold illegally on the streets. It can’t be a legitimate medication for opioid addiction.

Fact: Buprenorphine is primarily sought on the streets not as a drug to get high but as a way for people to avoid the miserable symptoms of withdrawal. 

We Are Here To Help:

MAT is a proven and effective treatment for opioid use disorder that can help people achieve long-term recovery. By understanding the facts and debunking the myths, we can help end the stigma surrounding MAT and ensure that those who need it have access to this life-changing treatment.

At SaVida Health, we are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to those struggling with substance use disorders. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you on your journey to recovery.

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