Finding a Provider, Doctor, or Treatment Program

Who is the best person to talk with about MAT? The one you feel most comfortable with!

Experienced providers have seen and heard a lot. Very few things surprise them. Find one you can talk with openly.

  • If you know people in recovery who used MAT, you can ask about their treatment experiences.
  • If you have a counselor, case manager, or doctor you trust, ask them about treatment options in your area.
  • If you follow the link below, one of the online treatment locators can give you a list of prescribing doctors and clinics in your area.

National Treatment Locators – the following resources will help you connect with MAT and opioid use disorder treatment services in your area: Find a provider in your area

Opioid Treatment Program Directory – A state-by-state directory of opioid treatment programs.

http://dpt2.samhsa.gov/treatment/directory.aspx

Buprenorphine Treatment Physician Locator – Find physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine by state.

http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/physician-program-data/treatment-physician-locator

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator – A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov

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What to look for

Doctors and treatment providers are required to make you aware of treatment options other than medication. They will work with you on all decisions about your treatment.

Look for providers who take the time to give you all the information and make sure that you fully understand your options.

You want to be able to ask questions, talk comfortably about your concerns, and feel confident about your decision.

Here are some tips for helping you choose a MAT provider:

  • Find providers that specialize in treating opioid use disorder. They may be able to connect you with support and resources that are just for people who want to stop using opioids.
  • Ask about their approaches. Do they offer outpatient counseling or residential treatment? What type of groups and other supports do they offer? How often do they meet? What are their connections to peer support?
  • Ask if they have special services for your unique needs. For example, do they help coordinate treatment for people with HIV/AIDS? Are there staff members who are experts in treating pregnant women? Do they offer childcare?
  • Ask if there is a waiting list, and how long will it take to be seen? Do they have a sliding fee scale or payment plans?
  • Consider what is doable given your current situation.

Who provides treatment?

Here are some examples of places that treat people for opioid problems:

  • Methadone is available through approved, certified opioid treatment programs. Some of them may also offer other medications.
  • Private offices of doctors who are trained and certified to prescribe buprenorphine.
  • Addiction treatment programs that offer structured outpatient programs or residential care may also offer one or more kinds of MAT.
  • Some community health centers and mental health centers.
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How do I know if I can trust my doctor? I haven't had many good experiences.