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