Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) can help you if you are struggling with addiction.


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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications like Methadone, Buprenorphine, Subutex, and Naltrexone to treat opioid addiction. The ultimate goal of MAT is to help you with recovery. This means helping you live an independent life. MAT has a proven track record and is often used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies.

How does MAT work?


MAT medications can help you with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, or oxycodone. These medications have no negative effects on your mental capability, physical health, or getting a job. This means improving the quality of your everyday life.

All MAT medications work slightly differently in the brain and body and have different side effects. Check with your doctor which medication is right for you. You can safely take medications used in MAT for months, years, several years, or even a lifetime. If you want to stop a medication, you should first talk with a doctor.

What are the facts?


MAT is not only for the short term

Research shows that if you use MAT for at least 1-2 years, you have the greatest chance of long-term success.


MAT does not increase your risk for overdose

MAT helps to prevent you from overdosing. This means that MAT medications are safe to use.


Providing MAT will not disrupt your recovery process

MAT can help your recovery by improving your quality of life and ability to handle stress.

More Information


Rhode Island Centers of Excellence

Rhode Island Centers of Excellence (COE) are specialty centers that provide you with treatment, counseling, and coordination of care. Their goal is to help you get the right MAT services quickly.

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Opioid Treatment Programs

Rhode Island has Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) that provide treatment and counseling services. At an OTP, you can get methadone and other medications that stop cravings. OTPs provide a range of medical and rehabilitative services with a high level of oversight and required counseling.

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