What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Addiction is one of the most challenging disorders to overcome, and at Hope For Tomorrow, we understand the hesitance many people face when deciding to seek help. Our goal is to do everything we can to make the transition easier and provide our clients with the support they need to overcome their addictions.

While participating in counseling and therapy is an excellent start to treatment, many people require more to help them on their journey. In recent years, the FDA has approved medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, for addiction. This ruling allows clinics like ours to prescribe specific medications designed to curb substance use cravings and prevent relapse.

Our Approach to MAT

Hope For Tomorrow believes in accommodating all forms of evidence-based therapy for addiction. MAT is one of the most valuable tools in our arsenal, as it allows us to combine our best therapeutic modalities with the power of modern medicine.

When you come to us for help with your substance use disorder, our first task is to perform an evaluation designed to help us meet you where you are. We will examine your history in a non-judgmental manner to get an idea of who you are and what methods of treatment you have already tried. If you start working with Hope For Tomorrow, you can expect to go through a treatment process involving:

  • Detox: Detox can be the most challenging part of recovery, and our medical professionals will take care of you until you’re well enough to do so yourself.
  • Therapy: You’ll likely participate in group and individual therapy sessions to help you find the root of your addiction and connect with others going through similar care.
  • Psychiatric care: Our psychiatric providers will monitor your MAT and other prescription medications to keep you on track.
  • Ongoing support: Even once you complete your program, we’ll be around for as long as you need us through our ongoing care program.

What Medications Are Used to Treat Drug Addiction?

The FDA has approved three medications for use in MAT — buprenorphine, naltrexone and methadone. At Hope For Tomorrow, our programs utilize these safe, effective options.


This treatment combines buprenorphine and naltrexone into a pill or patch that can reduce the negative effects of withdrawal, like nausea and vomiting. It can also curb cravings. When someone tries to take drugs on Suboxone®, they’ll find they won’t be able to get high, as it fills the brain’s opioid receptors, leaving them unable to take in anything else.


Vivitrol® is an injectable brand of naltrexone. Similar to Suboxone®, it prevents the dopamine rush an individual gets from taking a substance, meaning they cannot feel high.


Sublocade® is an extended-release form of buprenorphine. Throughout treatment, individuals will receive regular injections of this medication to find the right dosage and prevent relapse by curbing cravings.

Let Us Help Treat Your Addiction

Hope For Tomorrow’s medication-assisted treatment program in West Virginia has offered many individuals a way to find their footing and build a path to recovery. When you want to make a change, we hope you’ll consider our services for substance use disorder support and addiction management. 

Our staff was carefully curated to include compassionate, non-judgmental nurses, doctors, psychiatric providers and other professionals experienced in treating addiction. We strive to create a space of comfort and trust, offering as many people as possible an oasis from the world as they get to the root of their addiction and find ways to move forward in recovery.

Learn more about our medication-assisted treatment and the other methods we use to treat substance use disorders — contact us today and let us show you how we can help.