Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) Program

Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) is an outpatient program for adolescents and young adults, 14 to 21 years of age, who have an addiction to prescription opiates or heroin.

Patients entering the program undergo a complete medical, mental health and addiction evaluation. Patients can be seen by our substance abuse specialist or therapist or be referred to a program in the community.

Combining addiction-treatment medication with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. We also encourage participation in 12-step oriented groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for additional support. Our social workers are available to assist patients and families with community resources. We also provide ongoing support and case management throughout a patient’s course of treatment.

Our Team

 Meet our team of physicians and social workers.

Patient Story 

Taylor was 17 when she came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital wanting to stop using drugs. She had a history of drug abuse—smoking marijuana, cigarettes and heroin. By the time she was 15, she was injecting heroin five times a day in addition to using cocaine.

Then, Taylor began participating in our Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) Program. She received medication to stop withdrawal symptoms and decrease her craving for heroin. We referred her to intensive drug counseling, and she started attending Alcoholics Anonymous regularly.

At first, Taylor was seen in MATA every 10 to 14 days. Now, she comes in once a month. She is on a very low dose of medication and hopes to be off soon. Taylor is working on quitting smoking and has completely stopped using illegal drugs. She graduated high school and is working and taking college courses. She has a savings account and is traveling to Australia.