Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is for adults, ages 18 years or older, who have a primary addiction to opioids (painkillers or heroin) for a year or more. MAT is the least inexpensive and most effective form of treatment for opioid addiction.
New patients should bring a valid form of ID and a method of payment. Options for payment include cash or Alabama Medicaid. Currently, our daily fee is $15.
Intake & Initial Assessment Process
In order to get the proper medication level to help subside symptoms of cravings & withdrawal, the patient needs to be in withdrawal at the time of the first appointment. For this reason, it is recommended that the patient take a day off from work in order to go through the process of stabilization (recommended but not required).
During the initial assessment process, the patient answers questions that will help the physician-led treatment team determine the best custom plan for the individual. All patient records are strictly confidential, therefore, it is highly recommended that the patient be completely honest so that the treatment plan is developed for long term success.
New patients will meet the doctor, a dedicated counselor and a nurse to receive the initial medication. During this meeting, the person leans about treatment choices, expectations from treatment and agrees to a plan for counseling.
The first few weeks of treatment require patient monitoring to determine effectiveness of initial medication and to achieve a safe and adequate medication level that stabilizes the patient moving forward.
During the Induction phase, it is important for the patient to frequently meet with their counselor to increase motivation and stay committed to treatment, understand the goals of treatment and establish immediate goals to create change while realizing gains through recovery.
A steady state of medication is achieve and maintained with continuous feedback from the patient on withdrawal symptoms. With a safe optimal level of medication, the person is able to remain physically comfortable without experiencing the euphoria or sedation associated with painkillers or heroin thereby remaining engaged in the full recovery program.
Patients are regularly meeting with their counselor to address current situations, heal past issues and establish goals for further improvement in all areas of their lives. The maintenance phase helps patients continue to make strong progress with work, relationships and social obligations while maintaining a steady state of well-being.
In 2016, there were more American deaths from drug overdoses than there were Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Opioids, a class of drugs that includes illegal substances like heroin, but is mostly associated with pain medications such Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Fentanyl, also known by their brand names OxyContin, Vicodin or Norco, Percocet and Actiq were responsible for two-thirds of those overdoses.
Opioid pain medications have proven very effective in the short term for moderate to severe pain relief. However, consuming opioids daily for even thirty days can lead to dependence which, if not treated can develop into an opioid addiction.
- In 2015, 20.5 million Americans, 12 or older, had a substance use disorder;
- Opioid overdose deaths have increased four times over the last 15 years;
- Two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths are opioid linked;
- 3 million Americans are in treatment for addiction.
Accidental Deaths in 2015:
- Falling - 31,959
- Guns - 33, 169
- Traffic Accidents - 38,300
- Drug Overdoses - 52,404 (33,091 Opioid/Heroin)