More than 2.5 million Americans struggled with opioid addiction in 2015, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports. This includes abuse of both prescription painkillers and illicit opioids like heroin.
MAT uses a combined approach, including one of three FDA-approved medications along with counseling to treat opioid dependence and manage addiction.
Opioid drugs are highly addictive and can cause significant dependence even with short-term use. MAT helps to level out brain chemistry.