Recover from Opioid Addiction
MATClinics are dedicated to helping people recover from addiction to opioids through access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Opioids include prescription pain medications such as codeine, Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin, Hydrocodone and Demerol, as well as street drugs like heroin and fentanyl.
Medication Assisted Treatment combines prescription medication such as Suboxone (and other buprenorphine based medications) with behavioral therapy to treat opioid addiction. MATClinics help patients overcome the physical, emotional and social barriers associated with recovery.
Suboxone + Counseling
Buprenorphine based medications such as Suboxone are proven to help patients addicted to opioids. Patients replace their use of prescription medications or street drugs with daily doses of Suboxone. The treatment regimen allows people to take their medication in the privacy of their own home and on a schedule that works for them. Most importantly, the treatment allows people to stop using prescription or street opioids and avoid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Unlike Methadone, patients on Suboxone report feeling normal without any associated euphoria.
The combination of Suboxone treatments with Counseling allows people to recover from their addiction and go back to living healthy and productive lives.
Opioid addiction is now widely recognized as a chronic disease and MATClinics are designed to help people recover. As brain research has become more and more sophisticated, evidence is now overwhelming that people who are addicted to opioids need to be treated with medication in the same way that people with diabetes need insulin. Please take a look at some of the educational resources we include on this website to get a better sense of how the medical and research communities recommend treating opioid addiction. If you have extra time or interest, take a look at the website that the US Surgeon General recently published.
Throughout this website, we include links that explain terms that you might not understand, and try to give you a broad understanding of the opioid addiction treatment community as well as how MATClinics operate. We will consistently update our blog with interesting and challenging articles, videos and stories.
MATClinics' Treatment Process
Assessment, Case Management & Intake
On your first visit to one of our MATClinics, you will go through an intake process. You will meet with a doctor who has extensive experience treating people who are dependent on opioids and prescribing Suboxone. We will collect your vitals and a urine screen and your doctor will talk to you about your options for treatment. If you are a good fit for the MATClinic protocol, you will be given a prescription for Suboxone or another similar treatment and a referral for individual or group counseling.
You will be assigned a case manager at your first appointment. Your case manager will check in with you after your first appointment. Feel free to call anytime to ask questions or express concerns. Your case manager may ask that you visit with him or her after one week just to confirm that everything is going well.
Most likely, your Suboxone doctor will want to see you back in two weeks.
Once you are stabilized with Suboxone (or another buprenorphine based product) and counseling, you will return once a month to check in at your MATClinic. You will be tested for drugs and will visit with your doctor. You will jointly re-assess your progress and work to further your recovery.
Working with a counselor will be an important part of your recovery. MATClinics has developed a wide range of referral resources for you to choose from. Managing the emotional side of your addiction is as important as taking medication to manage your physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms.