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Behavioral Interventions for MAT: Improving Outcomes
As we enhance our understanding of addiction medicine through research, we strive to improve the treatment outcomes for our patients. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at its core is an effective combination treatment because although medication is extremely beneficial in the treatment of addictions, for many patients it is not sufficient to maintain recovery because it does not address the behavioral aspects of the disease of addiction. This module provides basic information on 4 Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) that effectively treat the behavioral aspects of the disease of addiction. This module includes examples of techniques which may be performed during medication management and/or longer counseling visits with patients.
Target Audience
Intended for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and healthcare teams who treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Stacey C. Conroy LICSW, MPH, LADC1

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Identify 4 Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for use to enhance MAT outcomes:
    1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    2. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
    3. Motivational Interviewing
    4. Twelve-Step Facilitation
  • Describe skills from each of the above EBPs that may be used in a variety of treatment settings
  • Demonstrate understanding of SUD mutual self-help groups

Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity:

Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care

Method of participation in the activity

In order to receive maximum credit, learners must: 

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test. 
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.* 

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed.  Partial credit will not be awarded.

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 07/19/2022
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 Other Professionals Credits
1.5 Social Work (ACE) Credits
1.5 Nursing Credits
1.5 IPCE Credits
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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