Medication Assisted Treatment

What is MAT?

Medication Assisted Treatment is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a "whole-patient" approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder. The medication helps doctors manage the withdrawal symptoms. The treatment is confidential and can be provided in clinics and doctor's offices.

MAT Frequently Asked Questions

Are you Native American?

If you are Native American you qualify for free MAT services at the following clinics:

Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Clinic - Tahlequah
3rd floor, 19600 east ross street
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Clinic - Three Rivers
2nd floor, 1001 South 41st Street East
Muskogee, OK 74403

Do You Have Health Insurance?

MAT services are covered by many major insurance providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield. However, you will want to call your insurance provider and verify coverage under your plan. It is usually part of "substance abuse” coverage. All the information you will need to call and verify is on your insurance card. Your healthcare provider may also be able to assist you in confirming coverage.

Are You Without Health Insurance?

MAT services can be paid for out of pocket. Costs very slightly by provider. You can call any of the providers listed in the link below to get information on costs and inquire about any possible private pay discounts for those without insurance.

You can find a MAT provider near you, all you will need to do is enter your postal code or city and the SAMHSA’s website will search for the MAT providers closest to your location.

Find A Mat Provider Near You

The button below will take you to the MAT providers locator on SAMHSA’s website. All you will need to do is enter your postal code or city and the website will search for the MAT providers closest to your location.

Search for a MAT Provider


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