Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs
What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) ?
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a proven way to help facilitate recovery and prevent relapse for those who suffer from substance use disorder (SUD).
Medication-Assisted Treatment , SAMHSA
For patients with Opioid Use Disorder, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapy to give them the best shot at recovery. This method avoids rapidly taking someone off medications and risk heavy withdrawals that harm the recovery process.
Medications commonly used are Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®), methadone, and extended release naltrexone (Vivitrol®). They are all effective prescriptions used in MAT to help a patient stop using opioids and subdue the withdrawal pains.
Free CME Webinars for Your Medical Staff
The pandemic has dramatically increased the complexity of concerns that patients bring to us and simultaneously increased compassion fatigue among providers.
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) is providing free CME webinars to medical groups/staffs around how to increase rewarding interactions with patients to reduce burnout, engage patients in behavior change, and enhance their motivation for treatment, specifically medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders.
To schedule one or more webinars for your group, email [email protected].
Motivational Interviewing (MI) has more research to support its effectiveness than most medications- and using it increases the chances our interactions will be more rewarding, more connected and less argumentative. MI is applicable to any behavior change, has been studied cross-culturally, and employs some strategies that can actually shorten some visit types. In this practical workshop, you’ll get a brief overview of the most current and compelling research on MI and substance use disorders; learn the 5 most powerful strategies for helping patients struggling with SUD or other behavior changes; and 2 “anti-growth” statements to avoid saying to patients (and our friends and family!) to increase the likelihood of positive care outcomes.
We are in the helping professions to help- yet being human means we, like everyone else, have negative judgments, biases and stigma about particular conditions, characteristics and populations. Excavating our own biases around addiction, drug use during pregnancy, “problem” patients and more can help us be of optimal service to those in our care- and can help us in our personal lives, as well. In this workshop you’ll get a brief overview of the most current and most intriguing research on stigma and its impact on health outcomes; practical strategies for identifying our own biases, and evidenced-based techniques to mitigate bias, judgment and stigma, in order to provide the best care possible.Presented by: Elizabeth Morrison PhD, LCSW – CEO and Principal at EM Consulting
Buprenorphine Treatment for addiction is now primary care- yet not all of us feel comfortable with the pharmacology. In this workshop, you’ll hear the current best practices for using buprenorphine to treat opioid disorder in pregnant and parenting women. Come and get your questions answered.
Making a Difference in 10 minutes: Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders.
In Person Events:
Registration coming soon:
Continual Growth: Self-Reflection as a Tool for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
December 7, 2022
Survey for X-Waivered Providers
Providers and patients face barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatments. Stigma still makes accessing treatments difficult for patients with Opioid Use Disorder. We surveyed X-Waivered Providers who are certified to give Medication-Assisted Treatment on the challenges they faced.
MAT Treatment for Pregnant Women Flyers
We have flyers available for clinics and offices. In order to make sure that these posters get into the hands of patients, we will print and deliver these posters for free. Please contact us at [email protected] to order posters for your lobbies, waiting rooms, and officers!
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California Health Care Foundation: Addressing Opioid Exposure in Pregnancy — Best Practices for Women and Newborns
Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women
MAT Handout, SCOC
Medication Assisted Treatment, Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Buprenorphine and the Opioid Crisis 2018, Congressional Research Service
Medications for Addiction Treatment, Shatterproof
How Do Medications Treat Opioid Use Disorder? Department of Human and Health Services
Sacramento Urban Health Institute 2019 Fact Sheet
Myths About MAT, The National Council
MAT Pocket Guide, SAMHSA
California MAT Expansion Project, Department of Health Care Services