I began to realize that the current abstinence-based treatment model for SUD was very expensive, resource intensive, stigmatized, and disruptive to family life obligations. Furthermore, outcomes for long-term sobriety and recovery were poor. I proceeded to study about different treatment options for SUD and have come to believe that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the most effective and logical solution to providing treatment for the physical components of addiction, such as drug cravings and withdrawals. Once the physical cravings and compulsion to use drugs are under control the psychological component of the disease can be addressed with the therapist while the patient is in a more normalized neuro-psychological state.

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