Are you or someone you love living with an opiate addiction? Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help break the cycle of addiction and put you on a path to recovery.

The first step to enrolling in medication-assisted treatment is to call us at 419-693-0631 during business hours. If you're currently in a crisis situation and thinking about using, contact Lucas County Rescue Crisis at 419-255-9585. They are available 24/7.

Before we enroll someone in our medication-assisted treatment program, we'll conduct a thorough evaluation.

If you haven't experienced withdrawals as a result of opiate use, you may not be eligible for the program. The medication addresses the physical addiction to opiates, and if you haven't reached physical addiction, the medication will not work as intended.

These symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Hot/cold sweats
  • Muscle aches/pains

You'll also have a series of tests, including EKG and blood work. Female patients will also take a pregnancy test. We are not currently accepting pregnant women into the MAT program, but will help you find other services to stay clean during your pregnancy. We'll also verify your Medicaid or Medicaid plan coverage. If you need assitance applying for Medicaid, we can help.

We'll then determine which medication will be appropriate for your opiate addiction. The most commonly prescribed medications in our program are Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Next Steps
When you're enrolled in the program, you'll receive your first dose of medication and we'll monitor you for a few hours to make sure the medication doesn't have any adverse effects. After the all-clear, you'll go home and come back again in two days to receive your maintenance doses. Maintenance doses will be distributed every week you're in the program.

Therapy
At this time, your therapist will set you up for our group therapy sessions for opiate addiction. As part of the MAT program you're required to attend three days of group sessions per week. These sessions last three hours each for a total of nine hours a week of group therapy.

You'll also attend at least one individual counseling session per week, as well as three outside 12-step meetings of your choice each week. These outside meetings can be Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), or Al-Anon. We will verify your attendance at these meetings.

Random Drug Screenings
To stay in the MAT program, you'll have to stay clean and sober. We will call you at random to come in for a drug screening. You must comply with these requests in a timely fashion.
You will also be called in at random to have your maintenance medication counted.

Six Weeks Progress
After you've been in the MAT program for about six weeks, we'll conduct another evaluation to see how the medication therapy is working. We'll also discuss your progress in group and individual therapy sessions.

If you're making good progress, your medication may be stepped down. Your calls for random drug screens and random med counts will also go down.

You'll still be required to attend individual and group therapy sessions, as well as your 12-step meetings, but not as frequently.

Twelve Weeks Progress
After 12 weeks in the MAT program, we'll begin building your recovery plan. We'll help you explore your options for schooling, employment and housing, if needed. We'll also help you build a relapse prevention plan, which includes working with a sponsor, avoiding trigger behaviors, developing coping techniques and managing stress.

You'll step down to once-a-week group therapy sessions and maintain your individual sessions as determined with your therapist. We also encourage you to stay active in your 12-step meetings regularly and on an as-needed basis.

One Year Progress
Most people find they no longer need the medication at this point. We'll evaluate your case and make that determination together. You'll still have access to individual and group therapy, as well as emergency support.

We've found that within 12 to 18 months of sobriety, the body's chemistry is able to fully reset from opiate addiction. The cravings and urge to use will be greatly diminished, but as with every kind of addiction, this will be an ongoing vigil for you to maintain your sobriety. Lean on your therapists for support and work your relapse prevention plan. We can help you make adjustments as needed.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Facts
People are 30% more likely to successfully fight opiate addiction with medication-assisted treatment.

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recognizes MAT as the most successful method of treating substance abuse disorders.

For more information about our medication-assisted treatment program, contact us today at 419-693-0631.