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Medication-Assisted Treatment

The Best Opioid Addiction Treatment Available

Fifty years of clinical data and research verify that MAT is the most effective way to treat opioid addiction.

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Our programs provide medically supervised withdrawal and medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) that allow you to begin your recovery journey.

Medications such as Methadone, Suboxone® (Buprenorphine), and Vivitrol (Naltrexone) are proven to be very effective for people with opioid use disorder. The course of treatment you choose depends on your experience and your current goals. We’ll listen, learn, and collaborate with you to create the best possible plan for you.

Common Misconceptions About MAT

Medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders carries unwarranted negative baggage. In some cases, the most blatant resistance to MAT comes from other individuals in recovery who advocate for strict, hard-line abstinence that prohibits the use of medication in recovery.

We want to make something clear right away:

Using the best available medication to treat a substance use disorder is not – we repeat – NOT the same thing as using drugs to get high.

If we could broadcast this message to every person impacted by opioid addiction and overcome these dangerous misconceptions, we would. The stigma against medication-assisted treatment is a barrier that we’re committed to removing.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT):

  1. Is a clinically proven, effective treatment for substance use disorders.
  2. Is only offered, by Pinnacle, in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapy.
  3. Is especially effective for people with opioid use disorders.
  4. Increases time in treatment.
  5. Decreases illicit opioid use in people with opioid use disorders.
  6. Decreases criminal behavior in individuals with substance use disorders.
  7. Increases ability to seek, gain, and maintain employment.
  8. Can reduce the need for detox services for people struggling with heroin use.
  9. Is highly regulated at the local, state, and federal levels.
  10. Improves patient survival by reducing overdose risk.

Pay special attention to that last point: MAT saves lives.

One of the most important things about MAT is that it gets people feeling well enough to begin treatment.

That’s a big deal.

When you use opioids for a long time, your brain changes. When you stop, your brain overreacts. That’s why you feel like you’re withdrawing when you don’t have immediate access to your drug of choice. Medication can normalize brain function, reduce levels of stress hormones, and allow you to participate in regular daily activities. You can go to work, take care of your kids, be an active spouse or partner – and you can start participating in recovery activities.

In short, medication can make recovery possible for people.

That’s what we’ll tell you if you come to us and say,

“Doc, I don’t want to use drugs to get off drugs.”

However, if you don’t want to use medication, we won’t (we can’t) make you. We’ll offer the evidence above and give you the treatment you’ll accept, when you’re ready to accept it, in whatever way you’ll accept it.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication is one part of a successful individual treatment plan. Recovery and sustainable abstinence require physical and mental health, good coping skills, and the ability to restore and/or develop healthy relationships. Your individualized treatment plan for opioid addiction addresses the whole you: mind, body, and spirit.

Medication does not cure addiction.

Medication helps to normalize the part of the brain damaged by addiction to opioids – and helps you engage in the type of evidence-based treatment that helps reclaim your life.

Medications We Use


Methadone, a synthetic drug, is the medication for opioid addiction that we have the most experience with. It’s also the most studied of MOUDs: fifty years of research show methadone is safe and effective. Methadone helps you through the worst parts of withdrawal and mitigates cravings so you can begin the real journey: recovery.

Suboxone® (Buprenorphine)

Like methadone, Suboxone® (buprenorphine) works to reduce the strong cravings of addiction and reduce the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Unlike methadone, however, Suboxone can be prescribed in a doctor’s office rather than in a clinic. Suboxone occupies the same parts of the brain that drugs occupy – but there is no high associated with Suboxone.

Vivitrol (Naltrexone)

Vivitrol is scientifically proven to reduce opioid cravings and reduce rates of alcohol relapse. One injection of Vivitrol blocks the opioid receptors in the brain for an entire month, which reduces cravings and makes it impossible to get high from any opiate-derived drug. Vivitrol treatment requires complete and total detoxification from opiates before injection.

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