Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) uses behavioral therapy and medication to treat patients in recovery.
We use buprenorphine (a partial opiate agonist) based medication. Although itself an opiate, buprenorphine produces much less maximal effects than full opiate agonists. This medication is specifically designed and approved to treat opiate addiction and dependence. One of its advantages is its ceiling effect. This property helps lower abuse, minimize medication side effects and make addiction less likely. Buprenorphine is used in combination with Naloxone, an opiate receptor antagonist. Buprenorphine and naloxone are available in several forms.