Costa Mesa Medication-Assisted Treatment

What is MAT?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a type of treatment where medications are utilized in addition to behavioral therapy. The patient who undergoes detox and addiction recovery may be prescribed certain medications to help them restabilize upon quitting drugs or alcohol, if necessary.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Medication-Assisted Treatment is “the use of FDA- approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a ‘whole-patient’ approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.”

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

  • Minimizes dangerous effects from opioid, stimulant, and alcohol withdrawal

  • Cost-effective

  • Decreases risk of overdose

  • Higher likelihood for successful recovery

  • Safe and low chance for misuse

  • Helps prevent risk of infection or disease transmission

  • Better social functioning during treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment at Opus Health

Our Medical Doctor, Dr. Martin, is on site 40+ hours per week to visit patients daily. He specializes in Addiction Medicine. His goal is to help patients come off of years of drug and alcohol abuse with the assistance of FDA-approved prescriptions for detox and recovery.

All staff members work closely with each patient to monitor and protect medication use during treatment. Many times, patients are able to wean off of medications completely once the dangers of withdrawal have passed. Others find it helpful to sustain a low dose of medication until the long-term effects of drug addiction are no longer present in the body or mind.


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Types of Medications


We’ve seen positive results of Medication-Assisted Treatment with Suboxone. Suboxone is the name of a medication that is a mixture of Buprenorphine + Naloxone.

In today’s world of addiction recovery medicine, MAT with Suboxone shows to be a good choice to treat opioid addictions.

We do not use Methadone at our Costa Mesa facility.


Buprenorphine is the component in Suboxone that alleviates withdrawal symptoms and discomfort. It’s considered pharmaceutically safe and non-addictive.

Buprenorphine reduces cravings for opioid drugs, which is also why it’s commonly recommended for withdrawal in recovering addicts. As a partial opioid agonist, it activates opioid receptors in the brain but does not give the addictive sense of euphoria that heroin or other drugs give.


Naloxone is the other component in Suboxone. It essentially “blocks” the effects of opiates as it’s an opioid antagonist. 

Naloxone has been used to save many lives from the lethal effects of opioid overdose. Combined with Buprenorphine, it proves little room for misuse or overdose.