Families across the United States have been faced with the deep, devastating challenges of opioid addiction for decades now. Since 2011, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared the opioid epidemic, hundreds of thousands of opioid addicts have died as a result of their use. Today, more than 2 million people abuse prescription opioids while an additional one million are hooked on heroin. There is no doubt that opioid addiction has reached epidemic status nor is there any question that it remains that serious.
The disease of addiction cannot be cured, but it can be treated. There have been several advancements in addiction treatment over the years, and in terms of treating opioid addiction, some of those advancements have proven to be life-saving. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is a comprehensive, therapeutic and pharmacological approach to treating opioid addiction. For decades, medication-assisted treatment has been offered in addiction treatment centers throughout the world. Today it remains the gold-standard of care for those who want to stop their active opioid addiction for good.