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Advocating for Your Recovery When Ordered Off Addiction Medication

This guide explains how people in MAT, their treatment programs, and advocates can fight for their right to get in or stay in the treatment they need.People receiving medication-assisted treatment (“MAT”) for opioid addiction often are forced by courts and other government agencies to stop taking their addiction medication. A judge or probation officer might require an individual to stop MAT because of the mistaken belief that the individual is “substituting one addiction for another” and not truly in recovery. These officials often do not understand how opioid addiction and MAT work and do not realize that this conduct can violate anti-discrimination laws. In addition, employers sometimes deny jobs to people receiving MAT.