Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is part of patient-centered, wrap-around care for people struggling with specific addictions—such as opioid use disorder (OUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD). Rehab centers all over the country include MAT in their core offerings. Mile High Recovery Center believes in the efficacy of medication-assisted treatment in Colorado, especially with therapy and peer support.

To learn more about the efficacy of medication-assisted treatment in Denver, how MAT improves recovery outcomes, and what it looks like during rehab and beyond, call Mile High Recovery Center at 303-268-2144 or complete our online form. Ask our caring and compassionate team about our alcohol and drug addiction rehab programs in Colorado.

Benefits Of Medication-Assisted Treatment In Denver

Mile High Recovery Center proudly provides this evidence-based treatment, considered the standard of care for treating opioid and alcohol addiction. Opioids can include any synthetic or naturally occurring opioid—such as heroin, fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, and other prescription opioids. Thus far, these are the only two MAT protocols approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

Some of the benefits of MAT include the following:

  • Reduces or eliminates symptoms of withdrawal
  • Prevents the brain from feeling the euphoric effects of the drug
  • Reduces or eliminates cravings
  • Normalizes brain chemistry
  • Reduces the risk of relapse in the long term


Research also reveals striking data showing MAT’s effects on relapse, overdose, and death rates.

How Does MAT Work?

The medications used in a medication-assisted treatment program stabilize the chemistry in the brain. Opioids and alcohol, when chronically abused, disrupt that chemistry. They impede the brain’s ability to produce its neurotransmitters, breaking the standard feedback loop so that someone with an addiction cannot experience pleasure, bonding, and motivation without the drug. When the brain chemistry is normalized, cravings—which can last for years after the beginning of recovery—are taken out of the equation, allowing you to fully engage in a life of sobriety and fully participate in counseling and other treatments that address underlying emotional and psychological factors in addiction.

At Mile High Recovery Center, we use several medications in our MAT program in Denver. The two most common are Vivitrol and Suboxone. Vivitrol (naltrexone) is effective in impeding the “high” of opioid and alcohol use. It can be administered as a daily pill or monthly injection. Suboxone (naloxone, buprenorphine) inhibits the effects of opioids, reduces cravings, and is delivered via a daily dissolving pill or film, a monthly injection, or a six-month sub-dermal implant.

MAT is essential to an effective treatment plan for opioid or alcohol use disorders. In addition, at Mile High Recovery Center, you will receive a range of evidence-based therapies and support opportunities, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • 12-Step program


People who have benefited from MAT have reported many positive outcomes. It gave them hope again, reduced their cravings so that the vital work of therapy could occur, and restored their ability to feel emotions and connect to their loved ones. Some people continue with their MAT protocol throughout life, while others can wean off the treatment after a few years. Any tapering of medication-assisted treatment should be done under the care of a physician.

Find Medication-Assisted Treatment In Colorado At Mile High Recovery Center

Our medication-assisted treatment program at Mile High Recovery Center is part of an integrated approach to recovery services. Our professional staff considers up-to-date best practices, your specific medical and substance use history, and any co-occurring mental health disorders to create an individualized treatment plan.

Mile High Recovery Center is here to help you with your recovery. You can return to a life of meaning and wellness with quality care and support. Contact Mile High Recovery Center today at 303-268-2144 or use our online form.

Begin Outpatient Rehab at Mile High Recovery Center Today

In Denver’s City Center neighborhood, Mile High is here to help you thrive throughout the Denver Metro area. If you or someone you love is ready to take the next steps towards recovery, call us today at 303-268-2144 to learn more about our outpatient programs.