Medication Assisted Treatment

What is Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)?

MAT is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for treating opioid addiction. It can also help some people to sustain recovery. Established evidence indicates that MAT is a highly effective approach to preventing overdoses and death for people living with opioid addiction.

Commonly used MAT Medications

Methadone is a synthetic opioid medication that reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotics without causing the "high" associated with problem drug use. Methadone stabilizes people. This helps maximize their treatment and recovery experience.

Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that both acts on and blocks the euphoric and sedative effects in the brain. Naloxone is a narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines when taken intravenously. Together they reduce the risk of relapse, overdose and withdrawal symptoms.
Brand names include: Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®, Sublocade® and Cassipa®.

Naltrexone is a medication that blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of drugs such as heroin, morphine, hydrocodone and codeine. It comes in a pill form or as a long-acting injectable. Brand names include Vivitrol® and ReVia®.

MAT Effectiveness

The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. This treatment approach has been shown to:

  • Improve patient survival
  • Increase retention in treatment
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
  • Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant

Please note: It is important to check your Schedule of Benefits to see if your plan covers MAT.

MAT Providers in SC

These MAT network facilities deliver patient-centered, multidisciplinary care within their own integrated delivery system. Facilities must treat opioid use disorders within the broader scope of substance use disorders (SUD). 

Carolina Wellness & Recovery
52 Parkway Commons Way
Greer, SC 29650
Midlands Neurology and Pain
2601 Millwood Ave. 
Columbia, SC 29205
Center of Hope of Myrtle Beach LLC
104 George Bishop Pkwy. 
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Midlands Center for Addiction Treatment
2712 Middleburg Dr. Ste. 206
Columbia, SC 29204
Coastal Addiction Recovery
2179 Ashley Phosphate Rd. Ste. B
North Charleston, SC 29406
Midlands Center for Addiction Treatment, Florence
300 Rainbow Dr. Ste. 104
Florence, SC 29501
Crossroads Treatment Center of Charleston
2470 Mall Drive, Unit C & D
North Charleston, SC 29406
New Hope Behavioral Health
81 Pointe Cir. Ste. A
Greenville, SC 29615
Crossroads Treatment Center of Columbia
1421 Bluff Rd. 
Columbia, SC 29201
Starting Point of Darlington
1451 Retail Row
Hartsville, SC 29550
Crossroads Treatment Center of Greenville
157 Brozzini Ct. Ste. A
Greenville, SC 29615
Starting Point of Florence
1341 N. Cashua Dr. 
Florence, SC 29501
Crossroads Treatment Center of Seneca
209 Oconee Square Dr. 
Seneca, SC 29678
Turning Point Behavioral Services
1107 Bellview St. Ste. 107
Columbia, SC 29201
Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS)
Multiple locations, every county in S.C.
A New Crossroad
206 Wall Street Ste. 2Piedmont SC 29673
iTrust Wellness Group, LLC
117 Commons Way
Greenville, SC 29611