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.

Common Questions

  • 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.

Program Handbook:

If you are interested in learning more about River City’s Opioid Treatment Program, you can view our Program Handbook here.

Resources:

http://www.recoverybymeridian.org/medically-assisted-treatment.html

http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment

http://dpt.samhsa.gov/medications/medsindex.aspx

 

Paying for this Service

This service is self-pay. Please call our office for more information.

Guidelines for Admission

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.

Goals for Treatment

  • Decrease illicit opioid use.
  • Maintain productive behaviors.
  • Increase quality of life.

Resources

Emergency: 911

Community Services Board (CSB)

Health Department

Hospital

Joint Commission

  • 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:

State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)

SAMHSA – Know Your Rights

PHD1091

SAMHSA – How to Use Methadone Safely

Follow Directions: How to Use Methadone Safely

Partnership for Drug Free America – Getting High on Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs is Dangerous

PHD1113

Local Human Rights Committees (LHRC)

National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (NACDA)

Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Methadone Anonymous

Metro Richmond Narcotics Anonymous

http://www.recoverybymeridian.org/medically-assisted-treatment.html

http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment

http://dpt.samhsa.gov/medications/medsindex.aspx