MercyOne Clinton Medical Center's Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic celebrated its one-year anniversary in October. The clinic opened October 2, 2019. Patients receive a combination of support and treatment that includes the use of medication along with counseling and other support. The clinic treats individuals age 18 and older who meet criteria for opioid use disorder, as assessed by the Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC).
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat opioid use disorders and, for many, can help sustain recovery.
"For patients who are dependent on opioids, the medication component of treatment can offer some assistance with withdrawal symptoms and prevent severe cravings," explained clinic provider Jill Johnson, DO. "Adding evidence-based behavioral therapies then provides a whole-person approach to treating substance use disorders."
In addition, the clinic provides case management and connects patients with community resources.
The MAT Clinic is a partnership between MercyOne, the City of Clinton, the Area Substance Abuse Council, Bridgeview Community Mental Health Center and the Clinton Substance Abuse Council. The clinic has been funded by a Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Grant (COAP) that was received by the City of Clinton in 2018.
"When the grant was awarded, we were projected to serve 20 people in two years. We have served more than double that in a little over 12 months," said Laura Norris. "The local need for treatment resources is great."
In October 2020, the City of Clinton was awarded a grant of $600,000 for a three-year period that continues the current MAT Clinic services and allows for an increase in available MAT providers for additional hours and/or days, an increase in peer support services, increased efforts to link patients diagnosed with hepatitis C to treatment resources, and some limited funding to start to address stimulant use disorders in the service area.
"We are doing great work helping so many people with opioid use disorder find treatment that works best for them," said Laura Norris, MAT nurse coordinator. "The team has seen several successes for our patients, including new employment, reunification with family and friends, return of driving privileges and treatment of chronic pain that led to opioid use disorder."
The clinic operates Wednesdays, 1 – 5 p.m., at 221 Main Avenue, Clinton, and patients are seen by appointment only. For more information about the MAT Clinic, please call Laura Norris at 563-244-7525.
If you or someone you care about is struggling from an addiction to opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers, please reach out to ASAC to schedule an appointment by calling 563-243-2124.