The Opioid Addiction Treatment (OATS) program at NASC provides treatment to individuals age 18 and older who are addicted to either prescription or street drugs. Our medications are administered by licensed nurses. In addition to medical care, individuals receive individual counseling to treat the substance use disorder.
About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
According to SAMSHA, "Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) 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."
Full recovery is the goal of Medicated-Assisted Treatment, as well as, the ability to live a self-directed life. Medicated-Assisted Treatment has been shown to:
Improve the patient's life expectancy
Increase retention in treatment
Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant
Research also shows that these medications and therapies can contribute to lowering a person’s risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C by reducing the potential for relapse.