What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Medication-Assisted Treatment is defined as:

[T]he use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. (Source: SAMHSA)

Certain FDA-approved medicines are available to be prescribed, on a case-by-case basis AND in conjunction with counseling and other treatment methods, to those seeking recovery from addiction to opioid or alcohol

Such medications include:

  • Buprenorphine (e.g. SUBOXONE®): An anti-craving medication administered via sublingual tablet or film that is designed to stabilize opioid dependence and dramatically reduce the risk of overdose. It is a partial opioid agonist which offers some built-in safety characteristics.

  • Naltrexone (e.g. VIVITROL®): An oral or injectable medication used to treat either alcohol dependence or opioid addiction after complete detoxification.

  • SUBLOCADE®: A long-acting injectable buprenorphine product that eliminates the need for daily oral buprenorphine dosing.