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MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT

An effective way to treat substance use disorders and achieve recovery and prevent overdose

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with therapeutic intervention to provide a holistic approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.  MAT is an evidenced based approach to treating substance use orders, using FDA-approved medications, and one that our providers utilize.

MAT is primarily used to treat addiction to opioids (such as heroin or prescription pain medications) and alcohol.  The medication operates to normalize brain chemistry and block the euphoroic effects from these substances.

I have been seeing Dr. Elsamra for MAT of Suboxone and several other mental illnesses for well over a year. I have much gratitude to this psychiatrist as he is very caring and speaks to me like a human being, not just a cookie cutter. He is very willing to prescribe the meds I need to address each mental illness and not just based on what's popular, but on what I need. He also talks about my life and gives me suggestions to help me with my deep depression. Most of my previous psychiatrists have just thrown out meds that are popular but useless for my conditions.

Lena

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