Substance Use Disorder Treatment

There are a variety treatment options available to Mainers struggling with substance use disorders, including programs specializing in detox and maintenance for those experiencing opioid and opiate dependence. The diversity of treatment options reflects the varying needs of individuals, and the fact that there is no “one size fits all” approach to treatment.

Those who are seeking help with treatment for substance use disorders should contact a physician or treatment provider to determine which type of treatment is most appropriate for them.

Treatment Settings

Outpatient Programs

Services are provided at an agency office and provide individual, group, and family sessions, usually for an hour or ninety minutes once a week.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Services are provided at an agency office and consist of intensive and structured substance use treatment three to four days a week. Intensive outpatient programs are typically three or four weeks in duration.

Residential Programs

Services are provided in a residential facility setting. Residential rehabilitation programs are designed to treat persons who have significant social and psychological impairment. 

Options for Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Detox/Maintenance

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT uses medications, such as Methadone and Suboxone (Buprenorphine), and Naltrexone  to support detox and maintenance for those experiencing dependence on opiates and opioids. Types of MAT available to Mainers:

  • Certified Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP): Under medical supervision, administer medication, monitor dosages, and provide counseling to people with a dependence on heroin or prescription opioid medications.
  • Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT): Provides medications prescribed by a qualifying physician in an outpatient medical or behavioral health center and includes counseling and behavioral therapies.
  • Non-Hospital Based Detoxification: For those experiencing acute physical problems related to substance use. Withdrawal management services monitored by medical professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses) in a residential setting.
  • Opioid Health Homes: A team-based model of care focusing on “whole person” treatment for persons struggling with opioid use disorders.

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