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Starting Your Medication-Assisted Treatment Journey

At AppleGate Recovery, we know that taking the first step towards getting help with opioid use disorder can feel overwhelming, which is why our dedicated staff and medical providers are ready to help you through the process of recovery when you’re ready to take that step.

After locating the nearest AppleGate Recovery office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) clinic, we encourage you to call us and to set up an intake appointment, which can typically be scheduled within 24-48 hours. If you are interested in AppleGate Recovery treatment programs we also welcome you to set up a tour at one of our clinics where you can meet our knowledgeable and compassionate. AppleGate Recovery team members and medical providers to discuss any questions and concerns.

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Why Follow the MAT Process?

If you’ve chosen to follow the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) process, you may be nervous. After all, you’ve made the critical choice to seek recovery from opioid addiction, and you want to make sure you’re choosing the right treatment program for you. MAT is an FDA-approved evidence-based process that has been formulated to help overcome the grips of addiction by freeing you from painful withdrawal symptoms, cravings and relapse. This is an approach that has led many people to a life of freedom from opioid addiction. 

The MAT process is a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. MAT addresses physical concerns and helps clear the mental fog caused by opioid misuse so you can begin the process of rebuilding your overall health and well-being. We also provide counseling to understand underlying behavioral issues to support your recovery and prevent relapse. The MAT process allows you to focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle. By trusting each step of the process, you’ll find that this approach will help you be more successful in your recovery journey.  

Take the First Step

AppleGate Recovery facilities are different from most because we focus on you and your individual needs to overcome opioid addiction. We use FDA-approved medication along with other addiction services to make sure you have everything you need to be set up for success during your recovery. Our medical staff specialize in all aspects of substance use disorder and are there for you throughout your recovery journey.

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Before your intake appointment, an AppleGate Recovery staff member will conduct an eligibility assessment to determine whether office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) and using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is right for you. The current requirements include:  

  • Patients must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid photo ID
  • Evidence of opioid addiction 
  • Agreement to terms and program policies 

Intake Process

After you set up an intake appointment by calling ahead and completing an eligibility assessment, you are typically able to see a medical provider within 24-48 hours. During the 2-3 hour intake process, AppleGate Recovery staff members will make you feel as comfortable as possible while you talk about your treatment plan together in a judgment-free environment and encourage you to ask questions and discuss your concerns relating to your medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plan.

Medical Assessment

Once you complete the initial paperwork, you will meet with your medical provider to review your medical history with you and complete a physical assessment as part of the intake process. Your medical provider will then determine which medication and dosage is best suited for your individual needs. Once admitted to the program and upon completion of the assessment, your medical provider will write a prescription that you can have filled at chosen local pharmacy of your choice.

AppleGate Recovery medical providers are certified members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine dedicated to increasing access to and improving the quality of substance use disorder treatment. They are licensed and trained to prescribe buprenorphine, Suboxone and Zubsolv based on what is most appropriate for each patient. To learn more about each of these medications, click here.

Beginning MAT

Once you are fully admitted into the AppleGate Recovery treatment program, and your medical provider has supplied you with a prescription that matches your individual needs, you will then work with our administrative staff to set up a substance use counseling appointment offered at selected locations or we will give you a referral to a nearby counselor. After your appointment is set, we will set you up with a  follow-up appointment to see how you are progressing with your medication.

MAT works best when combined with individual and group counseling sessions where you can discuss your thoughts and progress through recovery. 

Follow-Up Appointment

Follow-up appointments allow you and our medical providers to discuss how your treatment is progressing. The appointments consist of a brief medical examination, medication check, and concerns about dosage, side effects and other health concerns. Follow-ups can be scheduled based on your specific needs and the medical provider’s recommendation.

Substance Use Counseling

AppleGate Recovery focuses on treating the whole patient while enrolled in our office-based opioid (OBOT) treatment programs. Combining medication-assisted treatment with substance use counseling has shown promising evidence of successful, long-lasting recovery. AppleGate Recovery offers in-house individual and group substance use counseling at select locations, while other clinics provide you with referrals to outside counselors.

What’s the Next Step after Follow-Up Appointments? 

The disease of addiction has no cure, but if you complete treatment, you can achieve long-lasting recovery for a lifetime. Like any other chronic disease, patients who reach remission are always aware of the risk of recurrence; those with substance use disorder work hard to avoid relapse in the future. With this in mind, AppleGate Recovery substance use counselors work to encourage you to develop an extensive support system outside of the clinic before you’re discharged so you can continue to work on your recovery goals. 

 Even those in addiction recovery with a strong supportive system cheering them on can find specialized addiction-focused support groups invaluable. Members of these groups often empathize with facets of substance use disorder and recovery much more deeply than those who have only experienced it from the outside. The staff at AppleGate Recovery is available and equipped to help set you up with resources to research and join the kind of outside support you need with a wealth of referrals and information. An effective and complete opioid use disorder treatment plan like the office-based opioid treatment programs at AppleGate Recovery is dedicated to seeing you through from beginning to the end and beyond!


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THE Applegate recovery team


None of the vital addiction treatment services at AppleGate Recovery could be possible without the dedicated and caring staff members at each facility. Each team member is carefully selected to provide patients with the highest quality of professional care with dignity, respect, and understanding. AppleGate Recovery team members know that the chronic disease of addiction requires comprehensive treatment to ensure successful lifetime recovery for OBOT patients. To learn more about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services offered at AppleGate Recovery clinics and help to find nearby locations, call 888.488.5337 or contact us through our web form.


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