How Does MAT Work?
MAT works by targeting the brain and body’s response to the abused substance. Here’s how it operates:
Reduction of Cravings
Medications used in MAT help reduce cravings for the substance, making it easier for individuals to abstain from drug or alcohol use.
Blockage of the High
Some medications block the euphoric effects of the substance, making it less rewarding and reducing the risk of relapse.
Normalization of Brain Function
MAT helps normalize the brain’s chemical balance, which has been disrupted by long-term substance use.
Relief of Withdrawal Symptoms
MAT medications can alleviate the discomfort and pain of withdrawal, which is a significant barrier to recovery.