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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines the use of prescription medications with counseling and therapy to provide a “whole-patient” approach to those suffering from opioid use disorders.


MAT is used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers. It helps normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the substance used. MAT is also used to prevent or reduce opioid overdose. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders.  For many people struggling with addiction, MAT is one of the most effective ways to obtain and help sustain recovery.

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Although it is an effective MAT approach, our facility does not offer methadone.  Homeward Bound’s Medical Providers prescribe Buprenorphine (Subutex or Suboxone) to help ease withdrawal symptoms, arrest unfavorable biomedical irritations that have resulted from illicit opiate use, and keep craving at bay as clients move into substance abuse recovery.  MAT is administered to afford clients the opportunity to solidify initial structure for their recovery journey.  Individuals are then able to join with our Medical Providers to devise a plan to taper off of the medication as the client rebuilds healthy patterns in daily lifestyles. Along with receiving medication, clients are allowed to attend outpatient therapy sessions.  The MAT-specific modules help educate clients on various topics including, but not limited to, how to develop refusal skills, stress management, how to build positive peer support networks, relapse prevention, family education, and various life skills that support the efforts of those in early recovery.

Individuals can be admitted into the MAT program while enrolled in one of our residential programs or after discharging from our Detoxification program based on the client’s needs. Walk-ins must contact (513) 461-6758 to complete a screening to determine the best approach to treatment.  

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