“Medication-Assisted Treatment is treatment for addiction that includes the use of medication along with counseling and other support. Treatment that includes medication is often the best choice for opioid addiction.”
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) at CeDAR is provided in a controlled clinical environment. We are the area’s premier service provider for this innovative and effective strategy. Under the guidance and supervision of licensed and credentialed UCHealth clinicians, our patients receive both the medication and counseling necessary for successful MAT.
“If a person is addicted, medication allows him or her to regain a normal state of mind, free of drug-induced highs and lows. It frees the person from thinking all the time about the drug. It can reduce problems of withdrawal and craving. These changes can give the person the chance to focus on the lifestyle changes that lead back to healthy living.”
We don’t simply apply medication to addiction. We structure medication-assisted treatment to include lifestyle counseling including group and individual sessions, individualized fitness and nutrition training, spiritual guidance, family counseling, and outpatient services designed to treat the whole person.
“Taking medication for opioid addiction is like taking medication to control heart disease or diabetes. It is NOT the same as substituting one addictive drug for another. Used properly, the medication does NOT create a new addiction. It helps people manage their addiction so that the benefits of recovery can be maintained.”
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those seeking treatment at CeDAR. Medication-Assisted Treatment allows our patients to experience physical relief in combination with mental and emotional growth. We offer a comprehensive continuum of care that supports this path to recovery.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our team of MAT experts on staff:
- Laura Martin, MD - Medical Director
- Jonathan Ritvo, MD - Senior Medical Director
- Patrick Fehling, MD - Attending Psychiatrist