What is Medication Assisted Treatment ?

 Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone

CODAC offers three types of medication assisted treatment (MAT): methadone maintenance, SuboxoneTM, (buprenorphine), and Vivitrol (naltrexone) therapy.  All approaches use long-acting, synthetic narcotics for the treatment of opioid addiction.  When administered on a daily basis, as part of a medically supervised dosing program, methadone and buprenorphine "block" the effects of both prescribed and illegal opioids and reduce cravings for these drugs. Vivitrol is an extended release, injectible form of naltrexone, adminstered as a monthly injection.. Different from Suboxone and methadone, Vivitrol works to block opioid receptors. They also help to prevent the more extreme withdrawal symptoms that occur when opiate use is discontinued.  
When considering methadone as part of a treatment and recovery option, the following populations are given priority for admission  in descending order:
      • pregnant injecting drug users;

      • pregnant women;

      • injecting drug users;

      • persons who are HIV antibody positive or have HIV disease;

      • referrals from the State’s contract detox service provider

      • parents who are involved with the Department for Children, Youth and Families ("DCYF") and are working toward reunification with their children, and whose participation in substance abuse treatment is a prerequisite for reunification;

      • persons who while incarcerated began substance abuse treatment and continue to require additional Medication treatment after release from prison;

      • servicemen and women from the National Guard


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