What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
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.
What medications are available at ASAC?
ASAC currently offers one medication, Vivitrol, for eligible patients. The most appropriate medication for each individual is determined by the prescribing physician. ASAC patients will receive a physical and ongoing consultation with a physician as part of medication assisted treatment.
Naltrexone (Vivitrol) –VIVITROL is given as a monthly injection and blocks the effects of opioids in the brain. This helps patients prevent relapse while they focus on counseling. Patients must detox before starting vivitrol. For more information, please visit https://www.vivitrol.com/.
Who is eligible for medication assisted treatment?
In order for a patient to be eligible for this type of treatment they need to fit the following guidelines:
- 18 years and older.
- Receiving treatment services in Linn County
- Patient is dependent on or misuse of opiates, prescription drugs and alcohol.
What is the process to receive medication assisted treatment?
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 each patient.