MAT is Not a Replacement for Treatment
In 2017, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price commented, “If we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much.” In response to these comments, Brendan Saloner, an addiction researcher and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, stated that he was “gobsmacked” at Price’s lack of scientific backing and accuracy. The Department of Health and Human Services, for which Price works, includes a link to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s medication assisted treatment information page. This page reads, “A common misconception associated with [medication-assisted treatment] is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body.”
At Pine Tree Recovery Center we sincerely believe MAT can be very beneficial, but only as a supplement to a thorough recovery program based on evidence-based clinical therapies.