Health & Wellness

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment or “MAT,” is used to help people stop abusing Opioids. This is a condition known as Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). MAT is a proven method to help with OUD. Medications used for MAT include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

You can find MAT providers using the below list:


Know the Facts about MAT

Not everyone knows the facts about MAT. Here are some common myths about MAT that we have challenged for you:

Myth: MAT just trades one addiction for another.

Using MAT is like taking medication for a health condition. It is not the same as trading one addictive drug for another. 

Myth: MAT is only a short term fix.

Studies show that people who finished at least 1-2 years of MAT have the greatest long-term success.

Myth: My condition is not severe enough to start MAT.

There are different medications that can be used for MAT. Your provider will go over the best options for you.

Myth: MAT increases the risk for overdose.

MAT can help to prevent overdoses. Medications used in MAT should be taken exactly as ordered by your doctor.

Myth: MAT will disrupt my recovery.

MAT has been shown to improve the quality of life for people in recovery. This includes how you function and ability to handle stress.

Myth: There is not any proof that MAT is better than quitting cold turkey. MAT is evidence based. It is the recommended for OUD treatment. Many national organizations recommend MAT as the first line of treatment.

Myth: My Insurance plan does not cover MAT.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) health plans cover MAT. BCBSAZ Health Choice is an AHCCCS health plan. If you do not qualify for AHCCCS funding is available. This funding can cover MAT in northern Arizona without insurance.


For more information about MAT and how to get treatment, contact our member services at 1-800-322-8670.