There are effective, evidence-based treatments for treating substance use disorder. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of Food and Drug Administration-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

What you should know about MAT:

  • MAT can safely reduce opioid craving and withdrawal, allowing the brain to balance and heal during recovery.
  • MAT is not a one size fits all approach.
  • An individualized assessment and medical plan are required.
  • MAT does not substitute one addiction for another.

For established clients of the Island Counseling Center, Suboxone® and/or extended-release naltrexone/Vivitrol® may be part of a client’s treatment strategy.

What is Naltrexone/Vivitrol®?

Naltrexone is a medication used in MAT to treat both opioid and alcohol use disorders. It comes in a pill form or as an injectable. The pill form of naltrexone can be taken once per day. The injectable extended-release form of the drug (Vivitrol) is administered intramuscular once a month. When taken as prescribed, naltrexone is safe and effective.

What is Suboxone®?

Suboxone  is used in MAT help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers like morphine. Approved for clinical use in October 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), buprenorphine represents the latest advance in MAT. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective.

Source: SAMHSA

Wondering if MAT is right for you or a loved one?


Janet Constantino
Phone: 508-693-7900 x251