Substance use disorder is a treatable, chronic disorder that can be managed successfully. Research shows that combining behavioral therapy with medications is the best way to ensure success for most people. The combination of behavioral interventions and medications to treat a substance use disorder is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT). Treatment approaches must be tailored to address substance use patterns and related medical, psychiatric, environmental, and social problems. Just like any other chronic disorder, like asthma or hypertension, addiction is difficult to treat without the help of a health care provider.
There are three medications commonly used to treat opioid addiction:
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Medication Assisted Treatment