Medication-Assisted Treatment
Part 1: Setting the Context


Key resources for more information about MAT

1.  Medication Assisted Treatment for Special Populations (2012).  Offered by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, this new on-line course is designed to enhance general knowledge of MAT and improve skills related to reaching and educating identified special populations about MAT.  The training includes two tracks of seven modules for each of primary care and substance abuse providers, and either track can be taken for free to earn a certificate. Additionally, CE units (CME, NAADAC, NASW, and NBBC) are available for a modest fee; for example, the three core modules for each track, which contain general information, can be taken for $30 (6 CEU), and each of the four special population modules can be added for $5 each (1.5 CEU).  For those who absorb information better by reading, each session module offers the option of reading the speaker notes while listening to modules, or downloading the complete PowerPoint with speaker notes.  For more information, visit

2.  Alcohol dependence treatment: Case studies in medication use. DiClemente C. (November, 2007); Addiction Professional, 5:6, 24-28.  DiClemente's article is part of an excellent series about MAT in the Addiction Professional, January – November 2007 [NAADAC Lifelong Learning Series).

3.  Pyschotherapeutic Medications 2011.  Mid-America ATTC, SAMHSA, CSAT.  An excellent, concise reference booklet that includes information on generic and brand names, purpose, usual dose and frequency, side effects, potential for abuse and dependence, emergency conditions, cautions, and special considerations for pregnant women.  It can be downloaded for free; or there is also a new on-line, searchable database that allows you to both find and print only what you need, and to find links to other resources.

4.  Addictions Messenger (January - March, 2010):  Medication-Assisted Treatment.  Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Rockville (MD):  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

5.  Your Doctor Understands Your Addiction.  A new ATTC web site developed as a resource for treatment providers and medical professionals in order to increase outreach, access and retention in MAT, especially for specific ethnic/cultural populations.  Here, you can enroll in the ATTC Network's self-paced online course on MAT (Resource #1), download or order informational materials on MAT to use with your clients or patients, and learn more about MAT – including how to increase outreach and engagement of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino(a) or Native American/Alaska Native populations.

6.  There are several key SAMHSA publications that provide in-depth information on various MAT topics.  The following resources can be downloaded from

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 49:  Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 43:  Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs.

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 40: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends (SAMHSA-CSAT)

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