There are many treatment options for opioid addiction, or opioid use disorder (OUD), but the most effective combine prescription medication with counseling and behavioral therapies. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
At Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), MAT includes:
- Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) or naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Primary care services
- Individual substance use disorder counseling
- Mental and behavioral health therapies
- Support groups
Unlike at a Methadone clinic, you will not receive the medication on the same-day. After you are screened by the referral specialist, a substance use disorder counselor will do an intake, and then you have an appointment with a medical provider. There are usually 7 to 10 days between your intake and your first prescription.
Our program provides integrated primary and behavioral health care, including substance use disorder counseling and treatment. Normally, you will see your primary care provider weekly for your prescription, and they will get to know you and your health care needs well. As you remain free from opioids, you will see your provider on a bi-weekly, monthly or bi-monthly basis. The program also has a very high retention rate (80%) and has successfully supported many through their recovery process.
Methadone vs. Suboxone
Many people starting the MAT program are familiar with Methadone clinics and may expect a similar process. However, there are a number of differences between the two treatment options.
In a Methadone clinic, patients may wait in line daily to receive medication in the clinic. Methadone may come in many different forms, including pills, liquids or injectable. There is also a greater risk of misuse.
In the MAT program, Suboxone is typically prescribed weekly. You do not need to take the medication in the clinic, although your provider will continue to monitor your care. When you come to the clinic for your prescription, you will either join an evening group where you have the opportunity to discuss the recovery process with other people living with OUD while you wait to be seen by the provider or visit the clinic during normal hours with the same privacy and confidentiality as other primary care patients. In addition to the medication, you will receive regular counseling to keep you on the path to recovery.
MAT is covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare and many private insurance plans. If you are uninsured, we will provide insurance application assistance at no cost to help you get into treatment.
MAT is offered at the following FHCSD locations:
To find out if you are eligible for MAT, call (619) 906-4686 or fill out the form below.