Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat substance use disorders such as opioid addiction.

At North Central Behavioral Health Systems, we provide various evidence-based treatment methods for clients. Medication-assisted treatment is just one of these programs, where the goal is to use medications for a more comprehensive treatment plan. Many clients rely on medications for their health and recovery. Knowing the medication-assisted treatment program's rules can help you decide if it's the right choice.

How Does MAT Work?

Medication-assisted treatment programs combine medications and counseling for comprehensive addiction care. Mainly aimed at opioid use disorders (OUDs), they also benefit those with alcohol use disorder (AUD). This treatment approach targets withdrawal symptoms and cravings that disrupt the body's chemical balance, ensuring a more comfortable and focused recovery.

Medication: Medications, including naltrexone and buprenorphine, are given.

Assisted: The medication assists by curbing opioid cravings, allowing clients to focus on rehabilitation and recovery.

Treatment: Similar to anxiety or high blood pressure, the medication is part of an overall treatment plan to help manage symptoms.

A successful approach to substance use involves a team effort. Providers in addiction and mental health care collaborate to tailor a MAT program based on your medical history, symptoms, needs, and recovery objectives. They adjust medications and doses to support your comfort throughout the recovery journey.

FDA-approved medications are carefully administered and tailored to individual needs. These medications aid in normalizing brain chemistry, blocking alcohol and opioids' effects, alleviating cravings, and managing withdrawal symptoms within this integrated treatment approach.

Do I Qualify for MAT?

The MAT program at NCBHS is available to clients in or near Ottawa, IL, and is provided in partnership with InnovaTel Telepsychiatry provider, David Carr, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Individuals seeking help for substance use disorders can schedule an intake appointment in Ottawa by calling (815) 434-4727.