By Zac Talbott, BA, CMA
Director | NAMA Recovery of Tennessee
Chair | Private Clinic North Patient Advisory Committee
Patients and providers of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence with methadone or buprenorphine have been saturated with the word "recovery" in recent years. Even our NAMA Recovery-sponsored and SAMHSA-funded MAT peer support project's name is the Medication Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) Project. So what does the word "recovery" mean, and is it a good thing or a bad thing that the MAT community has become so centered around this word?