As most of us know, opioid addiction has become a national crisis. Those seeking treatment often find they have limited options due to scarce local resources. This creates a barrier for those trying to take the first step to recovery, resulting in many being deterred from the process.
To help improve availability of treatment in high-need areas, ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at our Portsmouth and Epping locations. In honor of National Recovery Month, we’re taking a look at what MAT is and how the program operates.
What is MAT?
Medication Assisted Treatment, aka MAT, is the combined use of medication and behavioral therapy to treat substance use disorders and more specifically, opioid addiction. The MAT Program at ClearChoiceMD focuses on the medication portion of the treatment with counseling and behavioral therapy managed independently outside of the centers. While there are a few different medications that can be used for MAT, ClearChoiceMD specifically uses buprenorphine.
Who qualifies for MAT?
MAT is available to a variety of patients, including pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Our team works closely with local hospitals, recovery centers, homeless shelters, and primary care offices to increase awareness of treatment availability. Treatment is covered by most insurers, and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care offers prompt-pay options for those without insurance.
How does MAT work?
The first step to signing up for the MAT is an intake call with the MAT Program Coordinator. Within 24-48 hours of the intake call, the patient will be scheduled with an induction date. From here, you will be medically cleared to participate in the program and discuss a treatment plan with a provider. At the beginning of the program, appointments occur weekly and transition to monthly visits once the patient becomes stabilized. ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care is happy to assist with coordinating follow up care and counseling for both patients and loved ones.
MAT services offered at our participating centers are available seven days a week, 8 am – 8 pm. Although appointments are required, the convenient extended hours provide greater flexibility for patients seeking treatment. If you are interested in learning more about the ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care MAT Program, or would like to sign up for these services, we encourage you to reach out to the MAT Program Coordinator at (207) 205-0007.