MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT
Currently, a new vaccine is being researched to help opioid users build immunity to fentanyl. While being considered a vaccine, it appears that this is merely a new type of MAT treatment, not a new, novel approach to addiction treatment. And it’s smoke and mirrors packaging may prevent users from seeking help from treatment centers.
Currently, medication-assisted treatment is used in the treatment of opioids and alcohol. There are no approved MAT protocols for other drugs, but that hasn’t kept some from trying to find new ways to treat addiction to one substance with another despite little evidence of efficacy.
Read more about why medication assisted treatment isn't always the best option for opioid addiction. Opinions on MAT vary, but abstinence-based treatments may be the best bet for long-term sobriety.
Contingency management is a system where drug users and alcoholics can get monetary rewards for participating in treatment practices, going to therapy, and passing drug screens. Some treatment providers have started offering the program through a phone app, where patients can acquire up to $600 over the period of a year.
When a drug user has finally had enough of living one high to the next, detox and treatment is the only viable option. The "Catch-22" is that while they need to get off the drugs to save their lives, detoxing is terrifying and seems impossible to do without the help of replacement drugs.