According to the NIH, there are “…4 important components of MAT models of care” but in Colorado, over 90% of patients only receive 1 one of them. CMAR was developed to change that, by integrating all 4 components of effective Medication-Assisted Treatment into a single program. So how and why does our groundbreaking treatment approach matter so much? In 2018, research found that in Colorado, nearly every person in the state on “MAT”, only receives 1 of the 4 components of effective MAT. of the services. The causes are many, and the impact is clear: Coloradans on Medication-Assisted Treatment have been woefully and systematically underserved…until CMAR.
The 1st of the 4 main components of MAT, is pharmacological therapy, which is a fancy term referring to the prescription and administration of medications. This includes Buprenorphine (i.e. Suboxone) and Naltrexone (i.e. Vivitrol) based medications. Crucial and central to MAT, it’s the only part that Coloradans routinely have access to. At CMAR, we don’t just assess, diagnose, prescribe, and administer these meds, we carry them too. This creates unprecedented access to the medications that patients need consistently in order to avoid relapse and overdose.
The 2nd component of MAT is “provider & community educational interventions”. This involves engaging members of the community, particularly stakeholders in addiction treatment, on the value and importance of using & having access to MAT. This has the effect of increasing the number of opiate addicts that get onto MAT (therefore reducing overdoses), and it significantly reduces stigma. Although this component does exist in Colorado, it is almost entirely done not by the MAT providers, but rather by public health officials & organizations. As helpful as that is, this keeps the core elements of MAT fractured, and keeps the message of those who provide MAT faceless. People often need a smiling, trustable face to combine with service to fully let their guards down and destigmatize something completely. At CMAR, we integrate these services through our community engagement department.
The 3rd element of MAT is the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. In the context of MAT, this can be in either a residential or outpatient addiction treatment setting. Yet only a few residential facilities in the state provide both, and none of these programs provide continuing support. SUD treatment, at both intensive and standard outpatient levels, is central at CMAR. In fact, we’re Colorado’s only licensed Medication-Assisted Treatment Facility (OMAT) that is even licensed as an outpatient and intensive outpatient addiction treatment provider.
The 4th and final necessary component of MAT is called “psychosocial services”. These services focus on healthy social integration and the resolution of familial issues like marriage and other close relationships. Support within a community of recovering individuals is perhaps the most common psychosocial support, and one of, if not the most beneficial to many. Many MAT programs do offer psychosocial services in the form of case management, but they are unfortunately provided in lieu of, not in concert with, SUD treatment. Except, of course, at CMAR. Here we offer family support services as well as peer-based support groups and case management services.
Medication-Assisted Treatment is all about medication assisting actual, evidence-based treatment. It isn’t about merely prescribing medications and offering some case management, but about wrap-around opioid-dependence treatment. At CMAR, it is our mission to ensure that each of our patients receives the benefits of each element of MAT, and in so doing, change their lives for the better.
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