Types of Treatment

Supporting the stages of recovery

There are several different types of treatment for Substance Use Disorders. Different treatments will work better for different people, but treatment and recovery is always possible. You can check our list of SUD treatment resources to find whatever works best for you.

Inpatient or Residential vs. Outpatient

Inpatient or residential treatment is what people tend the think of when we talk about substance use treatment or "rehab". These programs generally involve spending a period of time in a treatment center or hospital to receive intensive treatment day-to-day.

Outpatient treatment, where one comes into the facility regularly for treatment, and then goes about the rest of their day, can be more flexible and affordable.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is the use of an opioid-like drug such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone to reduce craving, withdrawal symptoms, and dependence. The timing and dosing depends on the medication being used. MAT has been shown to be more effective than counseling alone in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, particularly when used with behavioral therapy, counseling, and social support. 

The most esteemed scientific advisory body in the US, the National Academy of Sciences has published a new monograph, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives. This document exhorts the medical and behavioral health communities to embrace the use of medications to treat Opioid Use Disorder. It also draws a bright moral line stating that withholding or not making available all FDA-approved medications for OUD is denial of appropriate care.

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