MAT Therapy

MAT Therapy

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Valley Hope uses medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people with addiction to opioids or alcohol achieve sobriety and maintain recovery. MAT can decrease discomfort, prevent dangerous symptoms and help with cravings. MAT is an essential part of treating addictions to opioids and alcohol, and is fully endorsed by the FDA, World Health Organization, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Family Physicians.

How Medication-Assisted Treatment Works

MAT is a medical and therapeutic intervention that uses FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of opioids and alcohol addiction. Valley Hope’s medical team works with you to develop the most appropriate, effective MAT plan to ensure successful treatment and recovery.

Presently, there are medications to help treat patients with alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. However, there are other medications that are helpful in the treatment of the anxiety, depression or physical withdrawal symptoms that can occur during and after detoxification from other substances.

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MAT Facts

  1. MAT improves addiction survival rates – put simply, MAT can save the lives of people addicted to opiates as well as alcohol.
  2. MAT decreases opioid use, lowers opioid-related overdose deaths, reduces criminal activity and lowers the rate of infectious disease transmission.
  3. MAT Increases social functioning and retention in treatment.
  4. MAT patients are more likely to complete the full continuum of addiction treatment.
  5. MAT does NOT substitute one addiction for another.
  6. When someone is treated for an opioid addiction, the dosage of medication used does not get them high, it helps reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal.
  7. MAT restores balance to the brain circuits affected by addiction, allowing the patient’s brain to heal while working toward recovery.
  8. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid or alcohol.
  9. People may safely take medications used in MAT for months, years, several years, or even a lifetime.
  10. MAT increases patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment.

Information provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institutes of Health

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“Valley Hope saved my life. They know what they are doing, and they really care.”  - Sammie, Valley Hope Alumna

“I can't explain to you the people, the staff, the experiences. The things I let go of. The people I still stay in contact with til this day. Valley Hope changed my entire aspect of life after my addiction completely blinding me of it. I would refer anyone I know to this place, and have been back multiple times to see it.” -Brittany, Valley Hope Alumna

“I highly recommend Valley Hope to anyone that's trying to stop drinking alcohol and doing drugs. All are welcomed here. I now have four years of sobriety. Thanks for helping me get my life back, your staff was kind and loving. They showed me how I can live sober and free.” – Miguel, Valley Hope Alumnus

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For help 24/7 call (800) 544-5101 to speak confidentially with a treatment and recovery expert now. The Valley Hope Admissions Team provides a free assessment to determine the most appropriate level of care.