Referring Members to Medication-Assisted Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), in combination with behavioral therapies, is a treatment modality for opioid use disorder (OUD). MAT assists individuals with reaching and maintaining recovery, which enables individuals to improve their overall well-being, physical health, and mental health. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding of MAT can lead to stigma, which can prevent individuals from seeking treatment. MAT such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone does not substitute one addiction for another. The dosage of the medication prescribed does not produce a euphoric effect. Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone reduce cravings and withdrawal by occupying the same receptors in the brain that were activated by the opioid.
PerformCare’s goal is to improve people’s understanding of MAT, and increase access to MAT. If you are providing services to a member who may benefit from MAT, please contact Member Services for assistance in finding a provider close to the member’s home.
Below are resources that will be helpful in understanding MAT: