Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT)
Helping Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Rebuild Their Lives
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a chronic brain disease that some people can get from taking opioids often. OUD can lead to craving opioids and not being able to stop using them, which can cause major life problems. SMHC, in partnership with MaineHealth and Maine Behavioral Healthcare, helps people in York County suffering from OUD through an Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT) program.
The IMAT program combines talk therapy (either individual or group counseling) with medicines (buprenorphine/suboxone, methadone or naltrexone) that can control cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms. The medicines help a person feel normal again so they can focus on therapy and rebuild their life. This therapy can continue as long as medically needed.