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MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT)

WHAT IS MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, in the treatment of substance use disorders to help people sustain recovery.

There are three FDA-approved medications commonly used to treat opioid use disorder: methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®) and extended release naltrexone (Vivitrol®), which is also used in the treatment of alcohol use disorder. These medications operate to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of illicit substance use.

OUR APPROACH

 The Center for Prevention and Counseling recognizes advances in recovery and the great benefit of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in conjunction with counseling and community supports for those seeking recovery from substance use disorders. In collaboration with Genesis Addiction and Behavioral Medicine, LLC, we have developed an MAT Program whose mission is to provide quality care to those who may not be able to access services in the community due to lack of funding or financial resources. Our program utilizes buprenorphine and naltrexone specifically for the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

All clients who request MAT are assessed by a physician as well as an addictions counselor to determine the best course of treatment. All clients’ needs are individual, and treatment plans reflect a client-centered approach, as well as providing an emphasis on health and wellness related goals. Genesis Addiction and Behavioral Healthcare and the Center for Prevention and Counseling are committed to best practices in use of MAT and clinical supports, and clients are monitored closely to ensure they are active participants in the implementation of their treatment plan.

ADMISSIONS

Priority treatment is offered to current clients of the Center for Prevention and Counseling, as well as those who are participating in the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program through collaboration with Newton Medical Center.

To schedule a clinical assessment and consultation with Genesis Addiction and Behavioral Medicine, LLC, please call 973-383-4787 to complete a phone screening. A medical assistant will return your call to schedule a medical consultation, and a counselor will contact you separately to schedule an clinical evaluation.

Individuals with Medicaid or those who qualify for presumptive eligibility have limited out-of-pocket costs. Affordable self-pay options are also available on a sliding-scale.

INTEGRATED RECOVERY INNOVATIONS

Sussex County adults with moderate to severe opioid use disorder may qualify to participate in the Integrated Recovery Innovations (IRI) program. IRI offers outreach, innovative interventions, clinical assessment, MAT, treatment, aftercare, and recovery support services to increase the capacity for sustained recovery and improvement in overall health and wellness for individuals with opioid use disorder.

For more information on MAT services, or to refer a client for assessment, please contact Rachel Wallace, Director of Clinical Services at 973-383-4787.