Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

A ray of hope for

challenging addications

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective approach to treat substance use disorders, offering a ray of hope for many struggling with addiction. At Serenity Treatment Center, we recognize the complexities of addiction and the unique challenges our clients face. By incorporating MAT into our treatment programs, we are committed to providing a holistic and personalized path to recovery.

MAT is a treatment method that combines medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. This approach is primarily used to treat addiction to opioids, including heroin and prescription pain relievers, but it is also effective for alcohol and nicotine dependence. The medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are administered under the guidance of medical professionals.

The key principle behind MAT is to provide a more comprehensive and multi-faceted treatment approach. The medications alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings, making it easier for patients to engage in therapy and other recovery activities. This combination of medication and psychosocial support addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

MAT is particularly effective for individuals with a moderate to severe addiction, especially those who have not benefited from other treatments. It is also a vital option for those at high risk of overdose or relapse. MAT can be a lifeline for patients with co-occurring mental health disorders, providing the stability needed to engage in therapy effectively.

At Serenity Treatment Center, we carefully assess each client to determine if MAT is an appropriate treatment option. We consider factors such as the severity of the addiction, medical history, and personal preferences. Our goal is to ensure that every treatment plan is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

Numerous studies support the effectiveness of MAT in treating opioid and alcohol dependence. Research shows that MAT can significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services. It is also associated with better treatment retention rates, a reduction in illicit opioid use, and a decrease in the risk of overdose and infectious disease transmission.

MAT is endorsed by various health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), as a first-line treatment for opioid dependence. This endorsement is based on a strong body of evidence demonstrating its efficacy in improving patient outcomes.

At Serenity Treatment Center, we believe in offering a range of treatment options to address the diverse needs of our clients. MAT offers several benefits as part of this comprehensive approach:

  1. Improved Treatment Retention: MAT can help patients stay in treatment longer, which is critical for long-term recovery.
  2. Reduction in Cravings and Withdrawal: By alleviating physical symptoms, MAT allows patients to focus on their psychological recovery.
  3. Decreased Risk of Relapse and Overdose: MAT provides a safer environment for recovery, reducing the likelihood of relapse and potentially fatal overdoses.
  4. Whole-Person Approach: Combined with therapy and support services, MAT addresses the holistic needs of the individual, promoting overall well-being.
Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana

Take the next step

At Serenity Treatment Center, we understand that taking the first step towards recovery can be daunting. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we encourage you to explore the possibility of MAT as part of your journey towards healing. Our team of compassionate professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality care, tailoring our programs to meet your individual needs. We believe in the power of comprehensive treatment, and MAT is just one of the many tools we use to help our clients achieve lasting recovery.


We are here to support you every step of the way, from initial assessment to ongoing aftercare. Our integrated approach combines MAT with counseling, behavioral therapies, and support groups to ensure a well-rounded and effective treatment experience. We prioritize your safety, comfort, and privacy, offering a nurturing environment where you can focus on your recovery.


If you or someone that you know needs treatment for addiction, contact a member of our team by calling us at (225) 361-0899 or filling out our online form.