Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) is for people who would like to quit using opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain medication. The program involves taking the medication buprenorphine (Suboxone) over a period of time to manage withdrawal symptoms and, eventually, to slowly decrease and stop opioid use.

Some heroin and opioid users also experience other mental health concerns, like depression or trauma. Our program offers the option for help with both substance use and mental health support. Participants can choose to be connected with individual counseling, psychiatry, or with our Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS). Our PRS is a person with lived recovery experience who has been trained to work with others looking to make changes in their substance use. The PRS offers individual and group support both telephonic and limited in person (during current COVID-19 restrictions).


If you think the program might be a good fit for your needs, there are two ways to learn more and get connected:

  • Current medical patients can speak directly with their medical provider to request MOUD.
  • Non-patients of the health center can get information about services by calling Jennifer Loken, Manager of Substance Use Treatment Services, 202-797-4453.
  • Format: daytime, opioid/heroin replacement medication, integration with primary health care, abstinence, and harm reduction
  • Location: the program is offered at Max Robinson Center and at 1525

Need support now?

  • National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ+ youth)
  • Crisis Text Line: text  “GO” to 741741
  • DC Mental Health Access Line: 1-888-793-4357
  • In crisis? Click here for resources.