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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

The combination of FDA approved medication with counselling and behavioral therapies.

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What Is MAT?

MAT is an evidence-based, whole patient approach to treatment.

Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Approved Medication + Counseling and Behavioral Therapies = Whole Patient Approach to Treatment.

Who Is MAT For?

  • Clients with Opioid Use Disorders (i.e. addiction to heroin, illicit fentanyl, or prescription pain medications)
  • Clients with Alcohol Use Disorders

Benefits of MAT

  • Stabilizes brain chemistry
  • Cuts down cravings
  • Reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms
  • Blocks euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol
  • Allows clients to engage in treatment and behavioral therapies, including counseling.
  • Significantly reduces the rate of relapse
  • Cuts overdose rates by half
  • Reduces rates of HIV & Hepatitis C transmission
  • Allows clients to focus on other aspects of their life, like finding a job or taking care of family

Length of Treatment

  • Depends on the individual needs of each client and how severe/long-lasting the addiction has been
  • Some clients may continue with MAT for the rest of their lives.
  • Others can be tapered off MAT under the supervision of a medical professional after 1-2 years.

MAT Medications Used at Healthy Living Residential Program

For Opioid Use Disorder

Buprenorphine and Buprenorphine Products


  • Inhibits the action of other opioids
  • Prevents cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Lowers the risk of overdose
Offered as:

  • Daily: Dissolving tablet or film placed under the tongue or inside the cheek
  • Monthly: Injection
  • Every 6 Months: Implant under the skin



  • Blocks the effects of other opioids
  • Prevents cravings

Offered as:

  • Daily: Pill
  • Monthly: Injection

For Alcohol Use Disorder



  • Blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication
  • Reduces cravings
  • Proven to reduce drinking days and amount of drinking per episode
Offered as:

  • Daily: Pill
  • Monthly: Injection



  • Reduces cravings for clients who have already stopped drinking.
  • Does not help with withdrawal symptoms

Offered as:

  • 3x per day: Tablet



  • Deterrent to drinking: Combining it with alcohol causes physical illness.

Offered as:

  • Daily: Pill

MAT at Healthy Living Residential Program

During Stay

Clients have access to MAT within our facility, through incidental medical services (IMS).

After Care

Healthy Living Residential Program will arrange for aftercare MAT with our in house medical doctor.

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