Does MAT replace one addiction for another?

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October 7, 2021

A common misconception is that medication-assisted treatment replaces opioid addiction with opioid medication addiction, which is not the case. MAT medications containing buprenorphine and naloxone impact opioid receptors in the brain differently than opioid drugs used illicitly outside of medical direction. MAT medication is prescribed at a sufficient dosage to reduce withdrawal symptoms without creating a euphoric feeling. Once patients are adapted to their MAT medications, they can focus on building coping mechanisms and relapse prevention skills without dealing with the distractions of drug-seeking urges and cravings. The comprehensive MAT programs at AppleGate Recovery provide patients with essential substance use counseling that work alongside medications to promote long-lasting recovery.