Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs


What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) ?


Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a proven way to help facilitate recovery and prevent relapse for those who suffer from substance use disorder (SUD).

Medication-Assisted Treatment , SAMHSA

For patients with Opioid Use Disorder, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapy to give them the best shot at recovery.  This method avoids rapidly taking someone off medications and risk heavy withdrawals that harm the recovery process. 

Effective Treatment for Opioid Addiction, NIDA

Medications commonly used are Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®), methadone, and extended release naltrexone (Vivitrol®). They are all effective prescriptions used in MAT to help a patient stop using opioids and subdue the withdrawal pains. 

Find prescribers in California on this google Map.  Find prescribers at SAMHSA Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator

This Treatment Can Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic

Free CME Webinars for Your Medical Staff

The pandemic has dramatically increased the complexity of concerns that patients bring to us and simultaneously increased compassion fatigue among providers.

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) is providing free CME webinars to medical groups/staffs around how to increase rewarding interactions with patients to reduce burnout, engage patients in behavior change, and enhance their motivation for treatment, specifically medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. 

To schedule one or more webinars for your group, email [email protected]

Webinars Available:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has more research to support its effectiveness than most medications- and using it increases the chances our interactions will be more rewarding, more connected and less argumentative. MI is applicable to any behavior change, has been studied cross-culturally, and employs some strategies that can actually shorten some visit types. In this practical workshop, you’ll get a brief overview of the most current and compelling research on MI and substance use disorders; learn the 5 most powerful strategies for helping patients struggling with SUD or other behavior changes; and 2 “anti-growth” statements to avoid saying to patients (and our friends and family!) to increase the likelihood of positive care outcomes.

Presented by: Elizabeth Morrison PhD, LCSW – CEO and Principal at EM Consulting

We are in the helping professions to help- yet being human means we, like everyone else, have negative judgments, biases and stigma about particular conditions, characteristics and populations. Excavating our own biases around addiction, drug use during pregnancy, “problem” patients and more can help us be of optimal service to those in our care- and can help us in our personal lives, as well.  In this workshop you’ll get a brief overview of the most current and most intriguing research on stigma and its impact on health outcomes; practical strategies for identifying our own biases, and evidenced-based techniques to mitigate bias, judgment and stigma, in order to provide the best care possible. 

Presented by: Elizabeth Morrison PhD, LCSW – CEO and Principal at EM Consulting

Buprenorphine Treatment for addiction is now primary care- yet not all of us feel comfortable with the pharmacology. In this workshop, you’ll hear the current best practices for using buprenorphine to treat opioid disorder in pregnant and parenting women. Come and get your questions answered.

Webinar Schedule:

Making a Difference in 10 minutes: Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders. 

Webinar – Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome vs. Neurobehavioral Deficits in the Newborn: The Differential Diagnosis (Hosted by CMA)

In Person Events:

Registration coming soon:

Continual Growth: Self-Reflection as a Tool for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
December 7, 2022
6:30 PM

Survey for X-Waivered Providers

Providers and patients face barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatments. Stigma still makes accessing treatments difficult for patients with Opioid Use Disorder. We surveyed X-Waivered Providers who are certified to give Medication-Assisted Treatment on the challenges they faced. 

2022 Survey Results 

MAT Treatment for Pregnant Women Flyers

We have flyers available for clinics and offices. In order to make sure that these posters get into the hands of patients, we will print and deliver these posters for free. Please contact us at [email protected] to order posters for your lobbies, waiting rooms, and officers! 

Download PDF Here 

Download Spanish PDF Here 

California Health Care Foundation: Addressing Opioid Exposure in Pregnancy — Best Practices for Women and Newborns

Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women

MAT Resources

Find prescribers in California on this google Map.  Find prescribers at SAMHSA Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator

MAT Handout, SCOC

Medication Assisted Treatment, Partnership for Drug Free Kids

Buprenorphine and the Opioid Crisis 2018, Congressional Research Service

Medications for Addiction Treatment, Shatterproof

How Do Medications Treat Opioid Use Disorder? Department of Human and Health Services

Sacramento Urban Health Institute 2019 Fact Sheet 

Myths About MAT, The National Council

MAT Pocket Guide, SAMHSA

California MAT Expansion Project, Department of Health Care Services

Attitudes and Barriers Toward Buprenorphine Prescriptions in El Dorado and Sacramento County

Instructional Videos

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Goodwill Greeting: Zoom Introduction , 1:11
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Bringing Up Drug Use Through Zoom, 2:00
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Empathy: Affirming Strengths  1:31
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Questions? Please email [email protected]

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