The Truth About Attempting Recovery On Your Own

Without medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the chances for recovery from opioid dependence drop to below 10%.

Medication-assisted treatment is the most effective intervention to treat OUD and is more effective than either behavioral interventions or medication alone.

Unlike traditional therapies like detox-to-abstinence treatment which does not address cravings, (a major cause of relapse) MAT takes a chronic approach to understanding the need for multiple streams of care to address multiple conditions. MAT plays a critical role in sustained recovery because it pairs therapies such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy, with an FDA-approved medication to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose.

Where traditional treatment comes up short

While the temptation to “stick with what you know” can be hard to resist, the fact is traditional substance use treatment takes an acute, one-size-fits-all approach that fails to address the specific issues and comorbid conditions of the individual. Worse, traditional therapies can also place clients at greater risk of overdose due to lowered tolerances.