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Considering Medication-Assisted Treatment? Make Sure You Know the Fine Print.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, is considered to be the gold standard of care for people with an opioid use disorder. These medications include methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv) and naltrexone (Vivitrol) to help manage cravings, reduce drug use and reduce the risk of overdose.
“Medication-assisted treatment saves lives,” said Michael Botticelli, former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, “while increasing the chances a person will remain in treatment and learn the skills and build the networks necessary for long-term recovery.”
While these medications are very effective and can be life-saving when used as prescribed, it’s important that parents know the fine print about some of the challenges that might come with different types of MAT, such as: