opioid use

Medication Assisted Treatment

What is MAT?

MAT stands for Medication-Assisted Treatment, which is a combination of FDA-approved medications and therapeutic methods used to effectively treat substance use disorders. Calming Goat’s approach seeks to heal the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit – by first addressing physical dependence. Once cravings and the threat of withdrawal have been removed from the equation, you have the ability to begin doing the heavy lifting of recovery.

Behavioral therapy options range from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and includes group treatment as well. By participating in 12-step programs and SMART Recovery groups, you gain both insight and accountability while creating your new sober support network.

While initially popularized for the treatment of opioid addiction, MAT has since expanded to address a wide variety of substance use disorders. All medications used are fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are prescribed according to physician’s orders in dosages specific to your treatment. Studies show that they have no ill effects on one’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability – they simply address the issues of cravings and withdrawal, allowing you to get your life back on track more quickly than other programs claim possible.

Calming Goat is unique in that our team is comprised of board-certified physicians. Because of this, we offer a wide array of medical treatments, prescription options, and physical wellness checks: all in-house and on demand. We do lab monitoring to assess total health and urine drug screens if necessary. Our expert team utilizes the latest fact-based treatment standards to set you up for success – so that you don’t relapse.

The Benefits of MAT

Studies show that MAT’s combination of medication with behavioral treatment results in sustained recovery. MAT is proven to be clinically effective; research indicates that this comprehensive approach reduces the need for inpatient detox for MAT participants. Our goal is complete recovery from addiction. SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recognizes the effectiveness of MAT and says that “unfortunately, MAT is greatly underused.” They say that it:

  • Improves patient survival
  • Decreases opioid use and criminal activity in those with substance use disorders
  • Increases retention rates in treatment
  • Improves birth outcomes (reduces risks and birth defects) among pregnant women with substance use disorders
  • Lowers the risk of HIV or hepatitis C
  • Reduces potential for relapse
  • Increases patient ability to gain (and maintain) employment
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