How does MAT work?
The goal of MAT is to give you therapeutic tools needed and provide a safety net to help prevent relapse. Our addiction medicine providers have access to a variety of safe medications that can be added to your treatment plan. They all work in different ways to help support your recovery.
Common types of medication we offer include:
- Bupenorphine (Suboxone), which attaches to the brain’s opioid receptors to mimic the effect that opioids have but without the euphoria or high you would normally experience. This reduces withdrawal symptoms. It’s taken as a tablet or film, which you place under your tongue. Bupenorphine can be taken daily for up to six months.
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol), a non-addictive, opioid blocker that acts on the brain to stop the feel-good effects of opioids. It has also been shown to be effective for patients with alcohol use disorder as it prevents the feelings of intoxication. It’s given once per month by injection in our clinic.
- Disulfiram (Anabuse), is a deterrent used for those with alcohol use disorder. It prevents the body from breaking down alcohol, causing a toxic chemical to build up resulting in headaches, nausea and vomiting. It is a pill taken daily for up to two weeks during early recovery.
- Acamprosate (Campral), is prescribed to help reduce the anxiety, insomnia and emotional discomfort many people experience when they stop drinking. It is a pill that is taken daily for up to 12 months.
MAT is offered at the following behavioral health locations:
- Henry Ford Maplegrove Center in West Bloomfield
- Henry Ford Medical Center – Ford Road in Dearborn
- Henry Ford Behavioral Health – Detroit
Virtual care options for follow-up appointments also available for established patients.