SAMHSA Pocket Guide: Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Individuals receiving MAT often demonstrate dramatic improvement in addiction-related behaviors and psychosocial functioning. This Pocket Guide from SAMHSA offers a Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale tool, a checklist for prescribing medication for treating opioid use, and basic considerations about use of three medications: injectable Naltrexone, Buprenorphine, and Methadone.