Getting started with MAT

Addiction is a disease of the brain and it is undertreated. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is gaining support and momentum at the national and state levels as a critical tool in the fight against opioid use disorder. MAT involves the use of specific prescription medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce psychological cravings in patients with opioid use disorder. When combined with counseling and other behavioral health services, MAT has been shown to reduce illicit drug use and overdose deaths.

There are now two pathways to begin prescribing. Practitioners may either complete extensive training (8-24 hours), obtain a waiver from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and treat up to 100 patients. Or, per rule changes approved in April 2021, a prescriber may obtain a waiver without completing training and limit treatment to no more than 30 patients. These changes were implemented to encourage more clinicians to offer MAT to patients.

The resources on this page can help you learn more about getting started.

Note: if you are looking for controlled substance CME classes, click here.

General MAT Resources

Getting started

Online MAT training opportunities

Free

Low Cost (<$100)

In Person MAT CME Opportunities

Low Cost (<$100)

Know of any upcoming free or low cost MAT training courses? Email news@ncmedboard.org