Medication-Assisted Treatment

Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) was initially developed in the 1960s and has been successfully used for opiate addiction treatment, allowing affected individuals to lead productive lives. MMT reduces illicit opioid use, criminal activity, mortality, the risk of acquiring and transmitting diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C and the risk of overdose. Overall, MMT improves social, economic and family stability and allows the individual to become a contributing member of society.

MMT involves the daily dosing of prescribed quantity of Methadone, which is contingent on individual patient needs. MMT is part of a total treatment program that focuses on re-socialization, counseling and vocational training. Depending on the state the treatment program is located in and the patient’s time in treatment, take home dosages may be allowed for up to 30 days.

Courtesy Dosing

Courtesy dosing allows patients to dose at other medication-assisted treatment programs while traveling or vacationing. Advance notice of a patient’s traveling plans is appreciated, and in some states required (please check with the clinic you will be visiting). This allows the counseling staff to assist in setting up the courtesy dose.

If you are interested in courtesy dosing at one of the Mission Treatment clinics, please see the Contact Us tab for phone numbers and addresses. You may also find the Locations tab helpful for finding clinics in the area where you will be traveling.

Medically Supervised Withdrawal

Medically supervised withdrawal may be necessary for any number of reasons including self-detoxification, financial reasons, non-compliance, and others. If needed, a medically supervised withdrawal will be arranged by the clinical team. The patient is carefully assessed after each dosage reduction to be sure he or she is not having any symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

The patient has the right to discontinue the withdrawal plan at any time.

Counseling Services

Mission Treatment provides individual, group or family counseling services, which include:

  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Ongoing counseling based on individual needs
  • After-care and discharge planning

We also offer referrals for other services that the patient may need in areas of medical treatment, job training, legal assistance, financial assistance and Medicaid benefits.

Detoxification Program (California Only)

Our short-term detoxification program utilizes methadone in a decreasing medically determined dosage levels for a period of 21 days.

The purpose of the 21-Day Detoxification Program is to provide a therapeutic treatment program in an outpatient setting that offers medication to reduce, or eliminate, opiate drug dependency as rapidly as is practical, and medically appropriate. The program also involves individual counseling as a strong rehabilitation component.

To enroll in the 21-Day Detoxification Program, the patient must be presenting visible signs of withdrawal, an opiate positive urine drug screen at the time of admission, and must have a picture ID.

Drug Testing

Urine drug screens are used as a tool to provide clinical guidance in patient care. Specimen collection procedures are conducted in a therapeutic and humane environment. Results are used to monitor patient progress, to assist with the care of the patient, and to help in the creation and/or modification of the patient’s treatment plan.

Jail Dosing (California Only)

Whenever possible, our clinics have a cooperative agreement with local jails to encourage continuity of treatment for incarcerated Methadone Maintenance Treatment patients.

If an agreement is in place with the jail, for an additional fee a detoxification regimen can be implemented with the patient upon notification of the patient’s incarceration.

Due to the numerous restrictions that are in place at the detention facilities, we can not guarantee we will gain access to medicate patients while they are incarcerated, and as noted above, there is an additional fee for this service