Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

>Northwest ATTC provides trainings, resources, technical assistance and implementation projects on Medication Assisted Treatment. For more information contact NWATTC at 503-494-9611 or

MAT is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is clinically driven with a focus on individualized patient care.

Medication Assisted Treatment Resources

Your Doctor Understands Your Addiction Website - this resource for treatment providers and medical professionals specifically addresses medication-assisted treatment among different cultural populations. On this site you can enroll in the ATTC's self-paced online MAT course, download or order informational materials for clients on MAT and learn more about how to engage diverse clients.

NEW! Rule Provides Flexibility in Dispensing Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Treatment

SAMHSA issued a Federal rule to allow patients being treated through an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) to receive take-home supplies of buprenorphine from an OTP in a more flexible manner. Buprenorphine is a medication used in opioid addiction treatment. The regulation takes effect on January 7, 2013.Under the rule change, OTPs will be permitted to dispense buprenorphine to eligible patients without having to adhere to previous length of time in treatment requirements.

The change in the rule will not affect requirements for dispensing methadone—the other opioid agonist treatment medication used by OTPs. SAMHSA based the change in the restrictions for dispensing buprenorphine on several factors. These include differences in the abuse potential between methadone and buprenorphine, as well as the actual abuse and mortality rates (buprenorphine is lower in each instance).

For more information on the rule, go to: [PDF - 297 KB]

Addiction Messenger series on Medication Assisted Treatment (click on picture to view document)

Part 1 - Alcohol Relapse Prevention

Part 2 - Maintenance Therapy for Opioid Dependence

Part 3 - Tobacco and Other Stimulant Dependence

Medication Assisted Treament for Substance Abuse Disorders - SAMHSA's Division of Pharmacologic Therapies Website (click on picture to view website) This comprehensive site includes information on pertinent regulations and requirements, medications which are used to support addiction treatment, resources for providers and patients, training options, treatment locations by state and more.

Below are a few quick links to some of the information featured on the above website--click on the title to access the information:

Getting Started with Medication-Assisted Treatment with Lessons from Advancing Recovery provides information and guidance on how to implement MAT into a drug treatment program and shares lessons that emerged from the efforts of several Robert Wood Johnson Advancing Recovery project grantees to establish MAT programs in their organizations

Medication Assisted Therapy Overview Presentation

Medication Assisted Therapy Overview Video/PowerPoint presentation by Pacific Southwest ATTC for the ATTC Network Third Thursday iTraining presented on February 17, 2011. To view the video click on the picture below. (Length of video is 1 hour 22 minutes)

The Rx Databaseis designed as a "desk-top reference" of medications commonly used to treat individuals with alcohol, drug, and mental health conditions. This searchable database offers is intended to provide a basic understanding of medication dose, frequency, side effects, emergency conditions, abuse potential, cautions, and considerations for pregnant women.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Friends and Families is a useful resources developed by SAMHSA for friends and families of individuals struggling with addiction; free download using the link above.

SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 40: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction provides information that physicians can use to make practical and informed decisions about the use of buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction; free download using the link above.

SAMHSA’s TIP 43: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs discusses MAT use in addiction treatment programs for opioid dependence; free download using the link above.

SAMHSA’s TIP 49: Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies into Medical Practice provides guidance on implementing alcohol medications into routine medical practice; free download using the link above.

Essays by individuals supported by Medication-Assisted Treatment in long-term recovery developed in partnership with Faces & Voices of Recovery and the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery; free download using the link above.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Friends and Families is a useful resources developed by SAMHSA for friends and families of individuals struggling with addiction; free download using the link above.

NASADAD Statement on Medication Assisted Treatment is a policy statement from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors in support of the fact that "Individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders should be educated about all treatment options, including the use of medications, so that they may make informed decisions about their care".

ATTC Network's "Medication Assisted Treatment" online training