MAT is broken into three phases which include induction, stabilization, and maintenance.
The first phase, induction, usually lasts a few days. Induction requires you to make an appointment and stop using for 16-48 hours prior to the appointment to induce withdrawal.
When you arrive, your provider team will assess your withdrawal symptoms to determine your medication dosage and you’ll be given the first dose, which may be adjusted.
You’ll be given a prescription for your determined dosage and be required to come in for follow-up visits over the next few days which will include drug screening tests.
The second phase, stabilization, lasts several weeks. This phase is all about finding a dose that is best for you.
You may be referred to other recovery services like counseling during this phase and will need to communicate with your provider if you start to experience withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
You’ll also set treatment goals. Once you’ve achieved these goals and are showing signs of progress, your dosage may be decreased.
The third and final phase, maintenance, varies greatly from person to person. In other words, you’ll be in the phase for as long as needed.
You will continue to take your determined dosage and check in with your healthcare provider. Many experts recommend people continue MAT for 12-18 months.
When you and your provider decide it is time to discontinue treatment, your dose will be slowly tapered until you are no longer on medication.