Medication Assisted
Treatment (MAT)

Resources in Marin County

What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?


MAT is the use of FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and help individuals sustain recovery. MAT can help manage OUD, much like medication used to treat other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

These medications help:

  • Reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms
  • Block the effects of opioids
  • Reduce or eliminate cravings for opioids

MAT, combined with counseling and other forms of recovery support, is a complete, whole-person approach to care, and has been proven to be safe and effective for managing OUD.

FDA-Approved Medications for Opioid Use Disorder


Currently, there are three FDA-approved medications available to help people with OUD manage their condition: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Each medication is distinct and must follow a specific treatment protocol.

Understand the Options

Methadone

  • Effect: reduces opioid cravings and controls withdrawal symptoms
  • Dosing: taken daily by mouth
  • Initiating treatment: start at a low dose and gradually increase as needed
  • Prescription: only administered by federally-registered Opioid Treatment Programs

Buprenorphine

  • Effect: reduces cravings and controls withdrawal symptoms
  • Dosing: taken daily by mouth or by injection (weekly/monthly) from a healthcare provider
  • Initiating treatment: 12-24 hours after last use of opioids
  • Prescription: doctor’s office or an Opioid Treatment Program

Naltrexone

  • Effect: blocks the effects of opioids on the body
  • Dosing: administered monthly by injection from a healthcare provider
  • Initiating Treatment:
    • 7-10 days after last use of short acting opioids
    • 10-14 days after last use of long-acting opioids
  • Prescription: doctor’s office or an Opioid Treatment Program

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Local MAT Resources


For a list of substance use treatment facilities, visit the SAMHSA Treatment Locator.

For a list of MAT providers in California, visit the Choose Change CA MAT Treatment Locator.

*Marin Treatment Center

  • Outpatient Suboxone (buprenorphine) and methadone programs
  • Call 415-457-3755 to make an appointment, or walk-ins
    are available; no referral needed
  • Location: 1466 Lincoln Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901-2021
    * Marin Treatment Center is the first and only methadone provider in Marin County

Bright Heart Health

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment options
  • The first nationwide OUD treatment program via telemedicine
  • Accepts many insurance providers including Medicaid and Medicare
  • Call 1-800-892-2695 for more information or visit the virtual clinic
  • Visit BrightHeartHealth.com

Kaiser Permanente – Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services

  • Call 415-491-3000 to make an appointment
  • Location: 111 Smith Ranch Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903

Marin City Health and Wellness Center

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine) and Vivitrol (naltrexone)
    treatment options
  • Sliding scale payment system
    available
  • Call 415-339-8813 to make an appointment
  • Locations in Marin City, San Francisco, and San Rafael

Marin Community Clinics

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine) and behavioral health services
  • Call 415-448-1500 to make an appointment; a doctor’s referral may be necessary
  • Six (6) locations in San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, and Greenbrae

Marin Health Emergency Department

  • Can initiate timely MAT with support from substance use navigators
  • Location: 250 Bon Air Rd. Greenbrae CA 94904

Recover Medical Group

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine) and Vivitrol (naltrexone) treatment options
  • Telehealth only
  • Call 858-208-0121 to make an appointment or submit a private form at www.letsrecover.com/referral

Ritter Center

  • Call 415-457-8182 to discuss MAT treatment options in Marin County
  • Location: 16 Ritter St. San Rafael, CA 94901