Is MAT Just Trading One Opioid For Another?
Society has an outdated stigma regarding Medicine Assisted Therapy and continues to believe that abstinence is the only way to successfully stop opioid use, but that simply isn’t true. Multiple studies have shown that Medication Assisted Therapy offers a higher success rate when it comes to living and remaining opioid free. Part of the cycle of dependence/abuse of opioids happens because symptoms of withdrawal can become so overwhelming to the user that they will re-administer the opioid, not to produce a euphoric high, but simply to stop withdrawal symptoms.
MAT provides a safe alternative to continued opioid abuse when taken as prescribed as part of an addictions treatment plan. With MAT and clinical support, the risk of relapse is greatly reduced for patients since they no longer experience withdrawal symptoms. Studies have also shown that MAT can cut the mortality rate for patients by at least half. Methadone has long been referred to as “The Gold Standard” of opioid addiction treatment and the benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment are widely recognized in the medical field for it’s rate of success.