Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (often referred to as OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat opioid use disorders. There are three medications approved for use in the context of MAT:
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MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for individuals with opioid use disorder. MAT provides a comprehensive, individually tailored program that combines medication and behavioral therapy. MAT traditionally includes support services that address the needs of most patients (e.g., vocational, case management). The goal of MAT is recovery, which includes the ability to lead a healthy, intentional life. MAT has been show to:
The Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) is the South Carolina government agency charged with ensuring quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addictions. The mission of DAODAS is to ensure the availability and quality of a continuum of substance use services, thereby improving health status, safety, and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities across South Carolina. DAODAS coordinates a statewide system of local substance abuse agencies that provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services.