Medication assisted treatment (MAT)is the use of medications in conjunction with counseling to provide a patient centered approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. For opiate dependence, this includes Methadone, Buprenorphine (with and without naloxone) and Naltrexone. At CompDrug, we have many clients successfully maintaining their recovery with all three of these options, in conjunction with active participation in counseling. The advantages of MAT include switching from a short acting opiate to a long acting opiate, and switching from an illicit, often Intravenous drug to a Oral medication that is taken under physician supervision. Participation in treatment leads to increased survival, improved physical health, improved family relationships, improved birth outcomes, decreased crime and improved productivity at work and in society.
Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) utilizes the integration of CompDrug’s medical and clinical staff to treat opiate dependent individuals on an outpatient basis. ORT patients are prescribed methadone or suboxone by a staff physician to provide physiological stabilization making it possible for the patient to participate fully in the treatment process.
The treatment program utilizes a performance/compliance system to determine the frequency of treatment contacts and take home medication privileges. Individuals who demonstrate a need for a higher level of care are referred to CompDrug’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or appropriate provider. Random urinalysis and alco-sensor testing assist in determining treatment effectiveness.
Opioid Replacement Therapy services are provided to adults, 18 and older, who are diagnosed as opiate dependent and in need of medication assisted treatment and became addicted at least 1 year prior to admission.
ORT services are provided Monday through Friday 7 am – 1 pm and Saturday from 6:00 am – 9:00 am. Early dosing hours are available for those who are employed.
CompDrug has an established working relationship with Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County Municipal Court, the Adult Parole Authority, and Franklin County Children’s Services.
A working agreement with the Office of Veteran Affairs allows for Opioid Replacement Therapy and on-site access to a VA therapist for veterans.
For more information about the Opioid Replacement Therapy or to inquire about eligibility, contact Brandi Bowen (614) 224-4506