What is Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is the use of FDA approved medications in addition to behavioral therapies in order to decrease cravings and the side effects of withdrawal.

How do I know if MAT is right for me, and which one to choose?

If you or someone you know is having a problem with opioids or other substances and has decided to seek out information about treatment, Congratulations- you have taken the first step to recovery! The next step is to call the Illinois Opioid Helpline at 1-833-2FINDHELP. A qualified representative will provide you with resources and answer your questions. You can also visit these websites to learn more, including how to talk to your family and friends about MAT:

DHS/DASA Resources Page- http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29747

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends -Download Brochure Here (pdf)

Addiction Treatment Forum - http://atforum.com/patient-education-brochures/

Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder - http://archive.samhsa.gov/MAT-Decisions-in-Recovery/ 

Is It Safe?

Yes. All forms of MAT listed above have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Information about side effects can be on the chart above:

The Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction - http://store.samhsa.gov/product/The-Facts-about-Buprenorphine-for-Treatment-of-Opioid-Addiction/SMA15-4442

Vivitrol Information- www.vivitrol.com

Methadone: Uses, Side Effects https://www.drugs.com/methadone.html

Does It Work?

"Medication-assisted treatment saves lives while increasing the chances a person will remain in treatment and learn the skills and build the networks necessary for long-term recovery. " Michael Botticelli, Director, National Drug Control Policy

For most people, the use of medications combined with psychosocial treatment is superior to drug or psychosocial treatment on its own. For example, research shows that MAT significantly increases a patient's adherence to treatment and reduces illicit opioid use compared with nondrug approaches. By reducing risk behaviors such as injection of illicit drugs, it also decreases transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. There are decades of research concluding MAT is more effective than most other forms of treatment, especially in the case of opioids. For more information and the latest scholarly research, visit our Resources Page.

Where is it available near me?

Call the Illinois Opioid Helpline to find help in your area.