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Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Abuse

medication assisted treatment (MAT)

Substance abuse can create brain changes that lead to addiction and an overpowering craving to use alcohol or drugs, making recovery difficult.

Lessening the craving allows patients to focus on the therapy and work that needs to be done to achieve sobriety.

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of anti craving medications to alleviate the cravings and urges that come with substance abuse and addiction. It involves using medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to address alcohol addiction comprehensively.

Why Use MAT?

At Care Addiction Center, we believe long term sobriety is achieved with a robust treatment plan, not just medication. Our experienced and caring staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive drug treatment services for alcoholism and substance abuse with multiple levels of care. We work with patients to build coping skills for long term sobriety.

MAT can help individuals manage the physiological aspects of addiction, making it easier to engage in therapy and adopt healthier lifestyles, ultimately enhancing the chances of successful recovery.


Doctors at Care Addiction Center can prescribe anti-craving medications. The most common are:

Opiod Anti Craving Medication: Suboxone

Suboxone is a film that dissolves under the tongue, and is administered at a doctors office by a licensed controlled substance doctor. There is also a traditional oral pill.

Suboxone is an opiod antagonist that attaches to opiod receptors in brain that helps with cravings and urges. While it has been around for decades, it has become widely used in the last few years.

Alcohol Anti Craving Medication: Naltrexone

Naltrexone helps with alcoholism by reducing cravings and the urge to drink alcohol. It can be taken as a once monthly injection of Vivitrol, or in pill form, ReVia.

How Long Will You Need to Use MAT?

Patients may safely take MAT for 2 weeks, 2 years, or many years. An individual therapy plan is created with a doctor, and is different for each individual.

Getting Help For Addiction

While addiction recovery can be challenging, it is achievable with the right resources and support. If you or somebody in your life seems to have an issue with alcohol or suffering from addiction, professional help may be the best option for recovery.

At Care Addiction Center, we offer treatment plans that address every facet of your addiction, serving individuals in Geneva, Batavia, Sycamore, St. Charles, and Kane County, with online addiction treatment available anywhere in Illinois. 

To get started on the road to recovery, or if you have questions about helping yourself or a loved one, call us today or schedule a confidential assessment online and begin treatment.


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