Medication Assisted Treatment
An Opioid Treatment Program
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications such as methadone, suboxone, naltrexone or buprenorphine, in conjunction with behavioral health counseling, to provide a whole person approach to the treatment of opioid dependence. Research has demonstrated that the combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful when treating substance-use disorders (SAMHSA). River City’s MAT program is regulated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Joint Commission (JCAHO).
*This service is only offered at our 13100 Mountain Road location.
Is using a form of Medication Assisted Treatment simply swapping one drug for another?
No. A person enrolled in a MAT program is committed to stopping harmful and destructive addictive behavior through the use of approved and monitored treatment which maintains each individual and allows them to lead more productive lives. Addiction often destroys not only individual lives, but also the lives of friends and family for the one who is addicted. MAT programs offer hope and provide a means for individuals to return to a better quality of life.
If I start a Medication Assisted Treatment will I be taking opioids for the rest of my life?
No. Both methadone and suboxone (two commonly used medications in a Medication Assisted Treatment program) can be taken safely for a long period of time when properly maintained through medical and behavioral health professionals. Safe withdrawal from MAT medications is possible and encouraged for many clients and may be done under the supervision of your treating physician. Ongoing and continued behavioral health counseling is recommended post-treatment.
This service is self-pay. Please call our office for more information.
Adults dependent on opioids for one year or more are eligible. Clients must demonstrate previous failed treatment attempt(s).
Failed treatment attempts include intervention from medical or psychiatric institutions, jails, or abstinence-based programs such as NA and AA.
- Decrease illicit opioid use.
- Maintain productive behaviors.
- Increase quality of life.
Community Services Board (CSB)
- Hanover County CSB
- Website: http://www.hanovercounty.gov/Community-Services-Board/862/
- Address: 12300 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005
- Phone: 804-365-4222
- Fax: 804-365-4200
- Crisis Intervention Hotline, available 24/7 for residents of Hanover County
- Phone: 804-365-4200
- Hanover County Health Department
- Website: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/Chickahominy/driveHC.htm
- Address: 12312 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005
- Phone: 804-365-4313
- Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
- Website: http://richmond.bonsecours.com/find-a-facility-memorial-regional-medical-center.html
- Address: 8260 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Phone: 804-764-6000
- Memorial Regional Medical Center Patient Advocacy Phone: 804-764-6675
- Hanover Emergency Center, HCA
- Website: http://hcavirginia.com/affiliations/hanover-emergency-center/
- Address: 9275 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
- Phone: 804-417-0300
- For general questions, please contact Customer Service at 630-792-5800
- To report a patient safety event or concern about a health care organization, please use one of the following:
- Online form: http://www.jointcommission.org/report_a_complaint.aspx
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Fax: 630-792-5636
- Mail: Office of Quality and Patient Safety, The Joint Commission, One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)
- Website: http://dpt2.samhsa.gov/regulations/smalist.aspx
- Contact: Diane Oehl, 1220 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219
- Phone: 804-371-4616
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMHSA – Know Your Rights
SAMHSA – How to Use Methadone Safely
Partnership for Drug Free America – Getting High on Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs is Dangerous
Local Human Rights Committees (LHRC)
- Committee Meeting Minutes: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/individuals-and-families/human-rights/local-hr-committees
- Local Contact: Carrie Flowers
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 804-786-0032
- Regional Contact: Mike Curseen
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 804-524-7245
- Fax: 804-524-4734
National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (NACDA)
- Website: http://www.drugabuse.gov/adbout-nida/advisory-boards-groups/national-advisory-council-drug-abuse-nacda
- National Website: https://www.na.org/
- Meeting Search: https://www.na.org/meetingsearch
- Local Meetings:
- Greater Richmond:
- Phone: 804-965-1871
- Website: http://www.metrorichna.org
- Greater Richmond:
- National Website: http://www.aa.org/
- Virginia Website: http://www.aavirginia.org/hp/
- Meeting Search: http://www.aavirginia.org/hp/meetings/waw.asp?search=true
- Local Meetings:
Metro Richmond Narcotics Anonymous
- Website: http://metrorichna.org/drupal