Medication Assisted Treatment

Opioid use disorder doesn’t discriminate. Addiction doesn’t only happen to those experiencing homelessness or mental health conditions. It can just as easily affect the soccer mom, the teen from a middle-class family, or the white-collar professional.

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is a proven modality in treating opioid use disorder (OUD). The medication quiets the area of the brain that is experiencing pain and craving the substance. Behavioral health services provide the wraparound support.

Mobilize AZ is joining with providers across Arizona to expand the availability and use of MAT. We’ve curated a collection of information and resources for providers to use in learning about and offering MAT.

The experts on MAT

This docuseries, produced by the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, examines the myths and misconceptions about MAT, and what makes MAT Arizona’s best weapon in the battle against the opioid epidemic.

Getting MAT certified

Let’s ensure all patients who need MAT have access to it. Together, we can help more Arizonans recover from addiction. The opioid epidemic is an all-of-us problem that requires an all-of-us solution. Help turn the tide against addiction by becoming certified to offer MAT.

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Check the box to add your name to the SAMHSA Buprenorphine practitioner locator

We encourage all providers who are MAT certified to be visible on the locator. It’s easy!

Saying yes to being visible may well be a life-saving choice for a patient or even someone close to you.

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Utilize MAT for patients who struggle with opioid dependence

Addiction doesn’t have to be a life sentence. MAT can provide the path to recovery.

The use of medication to treat OUD is just like using medication to treat other chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or hypertension: it must occur under the supervision of a prescribing physician and involve FDA-regulated prescription medications.

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Take advantage of practice support resources

  • Get MAT prescribing support, including a screening tool for opioid withdrawal along with guidance for induction, billing for office-based treatment, and more.
  • Talk to a mentor. Arizona doctors who specialize in treating OUD and treating pain while avoiding OUD are available to answer your questions.
  • Call the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral Line (OARLine).
    • 1-888-688-4222 for real-time consultation on opioid prescribing, local behavioral health resources, dosing, and more.
MAT Resources

MAT Resources

Arizona Opioid Prescriber Education Program

Free online continuing medical education program that provides the latest information about Arizona’s opioid laws and regulations, prescribing guidelines, and treatment options for OUD.

MAT Pocket Guide PDF

Overview and answers to frequently asked questions about MAT. Also features details on opioid withdrawal symptoms, MAT medications, and overdose reversal.

MAT Survey Infographic PDF

Statistics and findings of the statewide provider survey conducted by the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.

Naloxone and Co-Prescribing PDF

The importance of Naloxone in preventing death from opioid overdose. Includes details on when to prescribe and co-prescribe Naloxone.

Mobile MAT Clinic

Mobilize AZ and Crisis Response Network, in collaboration with several community organizations, have created a mobile MAT clinic. The cobranded Mobilize AZ–Centerpoint for Hope mobile clinic brings resources to people struggling with opioid and substance use.

Launched April 2019, the mobile clinic is traveling to all 15 Arizona counties over 12 months. The interactive dashboard below details the services and connections made to date via the mobile MAT clinic. Use the filters to see results by month, clinic, and/or county.

What we are finding is that going beyond traditional brick-and-mortar treatment settings—meeting people where they are—is increasing access.

Note: This dashboard is best viewed on a desktop computer with Chrome, Firefox, or the latest version of Internet Explorer.