The polarization of the treatment field between medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and 12-step drug-free treatment is gradually dissolving, according to experts interviewed by ADAW last week. “The problem is that some people view it as either/or,” said Philip L. Herschman, Ph.D., chief clinical officer of CRC Health Group. “Either it’s MAT and nothing else, or it’s 12-step and nothing else.”
At many treatment programs, including CRC and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (the nation’s largest for-profit and not-for-profit treatment chains), it’s not either/or — it’s both. And the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports both as well.