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Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) 

Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a "whole-patient" approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

What is MAT?

Our behavioral health services lay the groundwork for lasting change. However, sometimes it takes more than talk therapy to initiate that transformation. Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, combines pharmacological support with counseling to help individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. Our compassionate staff administer MAT with several goals in mind, including: - improve patients chances of healing - increase treatment retention - prevent illegal opioid use - teach patients how to live productive lives once treatment ends.

What should I expect?

  • You can expect frequent visits and support from our behavioral health staff and medical provider. These visits include individual and group counseling and case management.
  • Patients are evaluated for medically managed withdrawal before beginning the new medication. 
  • Patients are educated on how their new medication works, the risks and benefits and opioid addiction. 
  • An individual treatment plan will be created which includes medications, counseling and other supportive services. 

Can drug addiction be treated?
Yes, but it’s not simple. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives. Due to the symptoms of withdrawal and the psychological grip heroin has on its users, a professional treatment center usually offers the best chances of a successful recovery. Medical management is important in helping wean individuals off opioids by helping to reduce cravings and prevent future use.


Cass County Medically Assisted Treatment Program 
The substance abuse recovery program at the Cass County Health Clinic has been successful in treating many individuals that suffer from opioid addiction. Our services include:

  • Medical Stabilization
  • Medically Assisted Recovery Saboxone Vivitrol
  • Outpatient Treatment Program
  • Individual Treatment Plan
  • Individual Therapy Sessions
  • Group Psycho-education Classes
  • Group Psychotherapy Sessions
  • Medical and Dental Services
  • Counselor Services
  • Family support groups

Our clinical staff includes a team of experts in the field of opioid recovery. Components of treatment include:

  • Scientific, medically assisted, clinically proven approach
  • Best Practice Model (not a 12-step approach)
  • Integrated Medical and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) approach
  • Coping and disease management, including impulse control
  • Treating the underlying issues (including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and others)


Contact Us
For additional information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact the Cass County Health Department at 217-452-3057 ext 1348

If you are in crisis, please seek immediate emergency medical assistance by calling 911 or reporting to the nearest emergency room.


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