What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

​​If you or your loved one is dealing with substance addiction, seeking help is the first step. If you are ready to get started with treatment, call Behavioral Health Services Call Center.​ ​

What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines prescription medications, counseling, and behavioral therapies. The services we offer take a whole-person approach to treating substance use disorder (SUD). MAT medications include methadone, buprenorphine, and injectable naltrexone. These medications block the euphoric effects of opioids, relieve cravings, and help normalize bodily functions. We provide the following three FDA approved drugs for substance use disorder:


Methadone can be used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. When taken as prescribed, it is safe, effective for recovery, and can help people regain active and meaningful lives. Clients need to visit the clinic each day for their daily methadone dose, but over time can earn take-home privileges. This means they can pick up their medication once or twice a week if certain goals are completed. 


Buprenorphine can also be used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Unlike methadone, buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in a physician’s office. Dosing can be daily, weekly, or monthly depending on a client's level of need. Treatment includes counseling and other services.


Vivitrol may be used in the treatment of opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. A physician, along with counseling and other services, gives clients a weekly or monthly injection.
Suboxone Treatment Program

Our Services

Patients are referred to treatment through the Behavioral Health Services Call Center Central Screening and Referral Program, or on a walk-in basis. Clients are then assigned a counselor, who provides one-on-one counseling, group counseling, and case management for other needs. These other needs may include employment, housing, psychiatric care, or primary medical care​.

Myths and Facts about Medication-Assisted Treatment

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Our Mission

To develop and operate a seamless continuum of care for the prevention and treatment of substance use problems in the community that is appropriate for the diverse populations of the County and that is accountable for its services.

To access Substance Use Treatment Services please call Behavioral Health Services Call Center: 1(800) 704-0900
Behavioral Health Services Call Center is available:  24/7
If you are looking for withdrawal management (detox) services after hours, please call the numbers:
Mariposa Lodge​ at  (408) 281-6550 
Pathway House​  at  (408) 642-1325​
Telecare​ at  (408) 780-0755

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