Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat opioid and alcohol addiction. Research shows this “whole-patient” approach helps to successfully treat addiction, prevent opioid overdose, sustain recovery.
Buprenorphine is used in medication-assisted treatment to treat dependence on opioids including heroin and prescription painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl.
Naloxone is a medication that can counteract the dangerous effects of opioids or reverse the effects of opioid overdose. It is often used in emergency situations, but it has other uses as well.