Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T.) for Youth

M.A.T. has been clinically proven to be effective in treating substance use disorders.

Realizing your child or teen needs help for substance use can be scary and overwhelming. Substance Use Disorder is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances. It’s more complicated than other diseases and it’s considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Research shows that a combination of therapy and medication can successfully treat substance use disorders. The prescribed medication works to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids, and relieve physiological cravings. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each person’s needs to treat substance use disorders, sustain recovery, and prevent overdose.

Medications for opioid overdose, withdrawal, and addiction are safe, effective and save lives.
– The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)

Please contact the Youth Opioid Prevention Team at 818.686.3000 for more information.

KEEP YOUR MEDICINE CABINET SAFE. Most teens get prescription drugs they abuse from friends and relatives, oftentimes without the person knowing.

This service is supported by a federal grant under the State Opioid Response Program with funding provided by the California Department of Health Care Services.