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Medication Assisted Treatment (COMAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Heroin and Opioid Misuse is for people who would like to quit using opioids such as heroin or prescription pain medication. Most participants are heroin and opioid users who also have other mental health concerns, like depression or trauma. We can help with both substance misuse and mental health issues.

The program involves taking the medication buprenorphine (Suboxone) over a period of time to manage withdrawal symptoms and, eventually, to slowly taper down and discontinue use. Along with the medication, participants also attend weekly therapy groups to get and share support around other issues. Individual counseling or additional psychiatry may be provided to help address other concerns as well. We'll work with you to set goals and develop a plan.

If you think the program might be a good fit for your needs, the first step is to call or meet with a behavioral health staff person to complete a screening. Please note that you may not see the doctor or receive the medication or a prescription the first time you meet with us. You can expect to have a couple of visits with program staff before you see the doctor.

If you join the program, in addition to seeing the doctor, you’ll have a home group which you’ll come to weekly. You can also attend other groups during the week for additional support. Some groups occur in the morning and some in the afternoon. Appointments for medication monitoring are scheduled when needed--usually more often at the beginning of the program, and not as often as you progress.

To learn more or to schedule a screening appointment, call the Medication Assisted Treatment Coordinator at 202.939.7670.

Format: daytime, opioid/heroin replacement, abstinence, and harm reduction, mostly groups

Location: the program is offered at Max Robinson Center.

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All our Services are available in multiple languages upon request.

Our bilingual staff and volunteers will help get the language services you need!

202.745.7000

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