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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with other therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Examples of medications are methadone and buprenorphine for opioid addiction; naltrexone and acamprosate for alcohol addiction; and nicotine replacement therapy for tobacco smokers who are addicted to nicotine. Medications and counseling are the standard of care for a number of substance use disorders, including tobacco use disorders, alcohol use disorders, and opioid use disorders.
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Methadone works by changing how the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It lessens the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal and blocks the euphoric effects of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can safely take methadone.
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. This means that, like opioids, it produces effects such as euphoria or respiratory depression. With buprenorphine, however, these effects are weaker than those of full drugs such as heroin and methadone. Limited information exists on the use of buprenorphine in women who are pregnant and have an opioid dependency.
Naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. It works differently in the body than buprenorphine and methadone, which activate opioid receptors in the body that suppress cravings. Naltrexone binds and blocks opioid receptors and is reported to reduce opioid cravings. There is no abuse and diversion potential with naltrexone.
Buprenorphine Practitioner LocatorOpioid Treatment Program DirectoryVivitrol Treatment Provider
Addiction Recovery Institute RI
31 North Union Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
205 Hallene Road, Suite 102
Warwick, RI 02886
CODAC Behavioral Healthcare
1052 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910
349 Huntington Avenue, Providence, RI 02909
93 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
CODAC South County
350 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI 02879
CODAC East Bay
850 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914
Center for Treatment & Recovery
82 Pond Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
66 Pavilion Avenue, Providence, RI, 02905
1625 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895
BHG Providence Treatment CenterLocations:
160 Narragansett Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
Toll Free: (844) 535-7291