Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Advocacy
The National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA-R) holds the view that every individual who believes in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is at least a potential Certified MAT Advocate (CMA).
We encourage all supporters of MAT, patient and non-patient, to become Certified MAT Advocates so that all energies directed toward the advancement of MAT produce positive results.
You do not have to be a patient to be a MAT advocate.
Twenty-five Years ago when NAMA-R first started, methadone advocacy was a few committed individuals who all knew one another. When on those rare occasions that a new advocate became active she or he was mentored by a more experienced advocate.
A few mistakes were made but the same mistake was seldom made twice. The result of a small tight knit group closely collaborating.
MAT Advocacy is no longer a few committed individuals. Hundreds of people with various degrees of skill and knowledge now call themselves MAT Advocates and hundreds more are interested in becoming a Certified MAT Advocate (CMA) if the training is made available.
NAMA-R is taking the lead to insure that there is a standard for MAT advocates and to maintain the level of professionalism that is expected from a NAMA-R advocate. It is also important that new MAT advocates have the same opportunities of those that came before them. NAMA-R's wealth resides with our dedicated advocates who are willing to share their experience with others who also want to make a difference.
Therefore, this training course has the potential to make significant changes in MAT by creating a powerful national group of patients and professionals who see themselves as a community that is working towards a common goal. For far to long MAT has been misunderstood and disparaged; it is time for MAT to be recognized as the "Gold Standard" for addiction treatments.
MAT Advocate Certification Committee
Walter Ginter, CMA
National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
435 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10010