Often, the opportunity to change an individual’s trajectory in drug misuse occurs in the office of a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Tools are now available to provide an evidence-based, medication to treat opioid use disorder. We are pleased to announce that the Indiana Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) has been extended through April of 2020.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. Research has shown that removing an individual’s drug use through detoxification without the use of medications has a high failure rate of >90% within 3 months. A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. 

Rather, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. Research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability. 

The State of Indiana has initiated a pilot program for the purpose of increasing the number of qualified physicians in Indiana with training in medication assisted treatment. The program will extend through April of 2020. It is easy to participate, and reimbursement is provided.

Overdose Lifeline, Inc. will help you manage this easy 3-step process. 

For more information, please contact Justin Phillips, Executive Director, Overdose Lifeline, Inc.: 317-828-6883; justin.overdoselifeline@gmail.com