Medication Assisted Treatment is the use of medications in combination with counseling and therapy to treat substance use disorders and prevent drug overdose. Scientific research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can treat substance use disorders. It works to block the effects of the substance when used. There are a number of advantages that come with medication assisted treatment.
One of the benefits of medication assisted medication is that it helps in the recovery stage when someone is having withdrawal symptoms when one stops using an addictive substance. Medication assisted treatment help to minimize the conditions that may lead to one going back to the usage of the drug. The medication also assists in reducing cravings for the abused substance. Medication assisted treatment has helped to reduce the drug related overdose deaths. The medication helps one to improve the quality of life of the addict.
Medication assisted treatment can help one to change their habits and behaviors thus helping one to change their life. The medication helps to reduce the risk of one getting infected by diseases that may be caused by the usage of the drug or method of drug intake. It has helped in the reduction of drug related violence and criminal activities. Medication assisted treatment can also help to improve a person’s social functioning. It leads to a more successful recovery from the drug.
Medication assisted treatment helps addicts to lead a life that is non-dependant on drugs and live a healthy life. The medication enables one to undergo extra therapy for other mental or spiritual aspects associated with the drug abuse. It is also through MAT (Medication assisted treatment) that young people facing addiction problems can be helped and be able to focus their energy in nation building thus improving the economy of the country.
Medication assisted treatment helps women recovering from drug addiction during pregnancy. The medication protects the baby from being affected by the withdrawal symptoms. Another advantage of medication assisted treatment is that less hospitalization is required, only immense follow up on the beneficiary. It can be accessed for both outpatient and inpatient addicts. Medication assisted treatment helps the recovering addict to focus on long term sobriety and lead a drug free life. Recovery from drug addiction through medical assisted treatment helps the addicts to mend broken ties within the family and get back to their loved ones. The medication is also safe and cost effective.