Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of prescription medications
to treat substance use disorders.

C. Thomas Brophy, Medical Director of the Gaiser Center
"Medication Assisted Treatment is a necessary complement to the educational and clinical services we provide, and Gaiser is proud to be at the forefront of this rapidly advancing realm of patient care."

C. Thomas Brophy,
Medical Director

MAT is used to treat addiction to alcohol or opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication normalizes brain chemistry, blocks the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids and relieves physiological cravings.

Medications used for MAT are evidence-based treatment options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Incorporating prescription medications into an addiction treatment plan is not “just substituting one drug for another.”

At Gaiser, we provide medication management and monitoring in both inpatient and outpatient settings under the direction of our board-certified addiction medicine physician. Gaiser’s holistic approach combines MAT with counseling and behavioral therapy for optimal success. Research indicates that blending MAT with behavioral therapies improves outcomes. We embrace this multi-faceted approach.



The Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center, a nonprofit organization, is a licensed PA addiction treatment center.
The Gaiser Center has been helping those struggling with addiction find recovery since 1971.

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