Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts

In the past, many addiction specialists believed there was only one path to recovery: a “cold turkey” approach that made all drugs and medications off-limits for fear of substituting one substance for another. We know now that there’s a better way. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, can be used for patients with opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Outside of the rehabilitation environment, medication-assisted treatment is even used to help people stop smoking. 

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment isn’t simply about giving methadone to patients with heroin addictions or disulfiram to patients with alcohol use disorder. The emphasis here is on using medication for assistance, not as a treatment in and of itself. MAT combines FDA-approved medications with counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other traditional and non-traditional means of treatment for better outcomes. 

The whole patient approach embraced by medication-assisted recovery is at the forefront of modern substance use disorder treatment. MAT is considered to be underutilized in the United States.  According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services […] MAT provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program.”

With medication-assisted treatment, prescription medications like methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, and naloxone are provided to patients with opioid addictions. These medications help patients manage their addictions to harmful, shorter-acting opioids like heroin and oxycodone. MAT has been shown to improve overall survival rates, keep patients from leaving treatment early, decrease the use of illegal substances, and increase the ability of patients to find and maintain employment.

Lake Avenue Recovery can help facilitate your referral to a board certified addiction specialist.  We make every effort to incorporate the latest evidence based best practices into our treatment offerings in the local communities of Worcester, Boston, Hudson, Sterling, Northborough, Princeton, Millbury and beyond.

Our Whole Patient Treatment Approach

As part of our outpatient programming, we can facilitate a referral to a local “MAT” provider.  Research shows that incorporating MAT into a professional clinical setting provides the best results.  We offer all of our patients the following options:

  • Day treatment programs
  • Evening treatment programs
  • Intensive outpatient therapy (IOP)
  • 12-step based programs and overdose prevention
  • Education in the neurobiology of addiction
  • Registered dietitians
  • Individual counseling
  • Individualized drug treatment plans
  • Yoga classes and membership to our local gym
  • Reiki and massage
  • Therapy dogs
  • Psychopharmacology support
  • Aftercare planning
  • Multimedia groups


Our treatment plans are tailored to each client’s unique needs. Lake Avenue Recovery is not an inpatient treatment program; instead, we allow you to pursue recovery and better yourself while still meeting your work, school, and family obligations.

Learn More About Lake Avenue Recovery

Comfort, Curiosity, Care, and Concern are the cornerstones of our substance use disorder recovery programs. With our ability to provide treatment in conjuction with medication-assisted treatment protocols, we give you the support you need to manage your addiction. Our plans combine the latest science on addiction with spirit-centered philosophies and activities that promote wellness and self-care. We take a unique approach to recovery that will help bring joy back into your life.

Get help today. Contact us at 888.926.9880.