Does Workit Health offer MAT for Meth?
Those struggling with methamphetamine often ask whether medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is available to help them recover. The FDA has not approved MAT for methamphetamines, but Workit does have an innovative program for treating meth use disorder.
What is medication-assisted treatment?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications together with behavioral therapies in the treatment of substance use disorders. This combination is the gold standard of care, and it is guided by strict regulations. In order to be termed “medication-assisted treatment,” the medications must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of that specific substance use disorder. MAT programs and providers must follow guidelines and certification processes.
Is there medication-assisted treatment for meth addiction?
Not yet. At this time, no medication or course of treatment has been approved by the FDA. However, studies suggest that medications commonly used to treat co-occurring issues like insomnia, depression, and anxiety can also reduce cravings for stimulants. Some clinicians focus on treating those co-occurring disorders and see the reduction in meth cravings as a bonus. Others prescribe medications off-label with the intention of treating methamphetamine use disorder. “Off-label” means to use a medication that has been through the FDA’s approval process for a different condition to treat a condition it has not been approved for.
What treatment does Workit Health's program offer for meth?
Workit Health’s clinical program for stimulant use disorder includes treatment of co-occurring disorders by an affiliated licensed clinician as appropriate. Not everyone will need or want medication—and that’s okay. The program includes recovery groups, as well. It also includes contingency management, or real-life rewards for staying on track with your goals.
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