An effective treatment for people experiencing opioid addiction or opioid use disorder (OUD) is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), and access to the treatment is expanding in Kansas.

MAT combines medication therapy using buprenorphine or methadone with behavior counseling to help patients overcome addiction. The medications relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings while helping patients detox from opioid use. Behavior counseling assists patients with creating necessary changes in their life to experience recovery from addiction.

Read about additional treatment options offered in the state of Kansas.


Opioid addiction is a component of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), a chronic disease that affects the brain. OUD occurs when you compulsively seek opioids despite them causing harmful consequences.

Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, but your risk increases with:

  • A personal or family history of mental illness, depression and anxiety
  • History of substance abuse
  • Use of benzodiazepines in combination with opioids

Source: NIH