Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to treat substance use disorders, support recovery and prevent overdose by utilizing medication, along with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat the whole-person that is struggling with substance use. MAT programs are clinically focused and created to meet the needs of every patient. Buprenorphine is an effective medication that is FDA approved to treat opioid addiction. This medication works to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids, relieve cravings, and normalize functions of the body without the “need” for illicit drugs.

Who Can Benefit from MAT?

The population of clients that would benefit from MAT are men and women aged 18 and older who reside in the state of Pennsylvania. Individuals with opioid use disorder, especially those using intravenously, will be a priority population. MAT is primarily used for the addiction of opioids such as heroin and prescription pain medication containing opioids.

MAT Providers:
  • Nicole Merrick, CAADC

The Benefits of MAT and why it is effective:

  • Improved patient survival
  • Decreased resistance to treatment
  • Decrease illicit opiate and substance use
  • Increased ability to gain employment and hold a job
  • Reduced risk of birth defects for pregnant women with substance use disorders
  • Decreases legal consequences that are caused by illicit drug use
  • Reduces the risk of death caused by overdose
  • Facilitate safe withdrawal by relieving symptoms and controlling cravings

What is the only thing that has to be changed in recovery?

EVERYTHING. Research has shown that the combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat those with a substance use and opioid disorder. MAT can sustain recovery, prevent overdose and help patients learn to face life on life’s terms.

Looking for a Medication Assisted Treatment Program Near Philipsburg?

Are you looking to join the bridge to recovery and need help with where to begin? Let our dedicated team at The Caring Healthcare Network help you start this journey today.


This service is only being offered at the Philipsburg location at this time.

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