The ASAC/UCS Healthcare Cedar Rapids Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic Is Now Open. Click here to learn more.
Medication Assisted Therapy is a combination of counseling and medication to assist an individual with a substance use disorder in maintaining long term recovery. These medications can reduce the risk of relapse and help individuals be more successful in their treatment and recovery process. Our counselors work directly with our physicians to assess if medication assisted treatment is right for each patient.
Who is eligible for medication assisted treatment?
In order for a patient to be eligible for this type of treatment at ASAC, they need to fit the following guidelines:
- Patient assessment confirms they would benefit from MAT due to substance use disorder
- Any income level or payment source is accepted
The first step in requesting medication assisted treatment is to obtain a substance use assessment. Call any of our offices to schedule an appointment. Following this assessment, our staff will guide the patient through the process of determining if medication assisted treatment is right for them.
Medicaid and many insurance providers cover medication assisted treatment. ASAC works with those providers and patients to reduce finances as a barrier to treatment. ASAC has grant funding available for individuals with limited income or a lack of insurance coverage.
ASAC currently works with local prescribers to offer multiple medication options for eligible patients. ASAC patients will receive a physical and ongoing consultation with a medical provider as part of medication-assisted treatment. ASAC partners with medical providers in our service area to offer three types of medication, based on patient needs and preferences.
Naltrexone (Vivitrol) blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of opioid drugs while reducing the desire to use. It works differently in the body than buprenorphine and methadone, which activate opioid receptors in the body that minimize withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone binds and blocks opioid receptors.
Buprenorphine is different from other opioids in that it is a partial opioid agonist. Depending on the level of opioid use disorder, this may be a good fit for some patients. This medication also minimizes withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings. It is available in a tablet, a dissolving film, and a monthly injection.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid that acts on the same opioid receptors as morphine and heroin to stabilize patients, reduce cravings and minimize withdrawal symptoms. This medication may be an option for pregnant women. Taken as directed by a medical provider along with therapy, it can increase the success rate of recovery.