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What can I expect at an appointment?
Beginning Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) can be an enormous step to take. It is normal to have some apprehension and concerns about entering treatment. Many people do not know what to expect when seeking out treatment. Our goal at ORTC is to ensure you receive the best individualized treatment services available and make the process as stress-free as possible. Check out our visitor guide for more info. or click here now
Is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) right for me?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose.
MAT may be the right choice for you if:
You are an adult 18 years or older who has been dependent on pain medication or heroin for more than a year.
Your opioid use has resulted in social consequences, affecting your work, family, and social obligations.
Previous attempts at quitting have been unsuccessful.
You are combining one or more substances, putting your health at further risk.
You have engaged in criminal activity to continue using illicit substances.
You use opiates intravenously which puts you at high risk for AIDS, HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis C.
Is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with methadone or buprenorphine trading one addiction for another?
Methadone and Buprenorphine are FDA approved, highly regulated medications used to help individuals recover from opioid addiction. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. Research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability.
Is methadone safe to take for pregnant women?
Years of studies have shown that there is no lasting harm to the child from exposure to methadone during pregnancy and has been proven to reduce the risk of illness or death in both the mother and child. If you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant or breastfeeding, please inform the ORTC treatment team prior to taking methadone.
What are the possible side effects of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Overall, studies over decades across millions of clients show that clients improve physical health compared to their health status prior to MAT. If a client had prior medical conditions, poor nutrition or poor dental care, clients may become aware of these symptoms as their body stabilizes on medication. Clients can then properly address pre-existing conditions and improve healthcare, nutrition, and healthy wellness habits.
Are Methadone or Buprenorphine products addictive?
Addiction and physical dependence are two different characteristics. Addiction is compulsive use of a drug despite negative consequences. MAT is not an addiction; it is a physical dependence that is required to maintain physical stability. Like a diabetic patient that is dependent on insulin, methadone or buprenorphine products do not produce the addictive behaviors of compulsion where cravings and withdrawal symptoms lead to constant drug use.