Opioid Addiction Services

MaineHealth has adopted a holistic, proactive approach to opioid addiction management and recovery. Our integrated network of community-based treatment centers deliver critical support services, close to home.

What is opioid use disorder?

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a chronic brain disease that some people get from taking opioids. This disease can lead to drug use and misuse (craving opioids, taking too many, and feeling unable to stop) which can cause major life problems. MaineHealth is working to make sure that people in all of our service areas have access to high-quality Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT) for OUD.

How do you treat opioid addiction?

The MaineHealth Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT) program is designed to help people who are struggling with OUD get high-quality care at a location as close to home as possible. Patients who need intensive services receive care at one of our intensive treatment "hubs" from providers with special addiction training. Once a patient is more stable and healthy, they can continue their treatment at one of our primary care practices, working with primary care providers and behavioral health clinicians who have completed IMAT training. If conditions worsens, patients can switch back to intensive care for more help until they are ready to return to receiving care at a primary care office.

Throughout the treatment process, an integrated team of primary care doctors, behavioral health specialists, substance use treatment specialists, peer specialists and care coordinators will work together to support each patient. IMAT combines talk therapy (either individual or group counseling) with medicines that can control cravings, lessen withdrawal symptoms and help patients feel better so they can focus on therapy and rebuild their lives. This therapy can continue as long as medically needed. Sometimes patients may need medication only to treat their substance use and that is also available. The medicines that are used are:

  • Buprenorphine (pronounced byoo-pre-nor-feen, also called Suboxone®)
  • Methadone (available only at a methadone clinic)
  • Naltrexone (pronounced nal-trek-sohn, also called Vivitrol®)

Where can I get help for opioid use disorder?

People with OUD need care by medical and mental health providers who have received special training. OUD patients who are otherwise healthy and stable can receive IMAT treatment at a primary care office. Those who are in the more serious phases of drug use may receive care through an intensive outpatient program; usually at a behavioral health office; until they become more stable and are ready to return to receiving care at a primary care office. MaineHealth has established an integrated network of substance use treatment locations so often, help can happen close to home. View our treatment locations.

Next Steps for Someone Seeking Treatment

If you or someone you know is struggling with OUD, the first step is to begin Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT) at one of our intensive treatment locations. IMAT Locations

Next Steps for Providers

If you would like to refer a patient for OUD treatment, please call 1-844-292-0111.

Visit our provider page to view training and resources.

For Providers

What financial aid is available for opioid treatment?

MaineHealth is committed to providing treatment to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. We accept most insurances, Medicare and MaineCare, and we provide treatment to patients who lack insurance as well. You do not need insurance to receive services. We are here to help. For more information, visit our Financial Assistance page.

How long does treatment last?

The length of treatment is different based on each person’s needs. Our treatment programs will work with each individual on a personalized treatment plan.

What happens after the period of intensive care?

After intensive care, clients will move to primary care practices in their local communities where primary care clinicians provide medication and social workers and counselors provide therapy. MaineHealth makes every effort to make sure that clients experience a smooth transition through each level of treatment.

Where can I find intensive IMAT treatment for OUD?

Please review our OUD care locations and call the location that is most convenient for you.