Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Program

There is help, and hope, for people with substance use (also called drug use) disorders. People ages 12 to 25 can receive outpatient care at the Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Program (formerly called Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction). This program, located in the Livingston Ambulatory Center, is part of the Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Our team works together with the patient and family to figure out the best plan for treatment. We work with community partners to provide medical, mental and behavioral health care for every patient.

Patients receive support to reduce harmful behaviors related to substance use. The program also provides comprehensive care to address related health issues, including reproductive health, Hepatitis C, anxiety, depression and attention-deficit disorder.

Meet Our Team

We specialize in substance use treatment and offer a team-based approach to using medication-assisted treatment. Our care team includes physicians, social workers, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and peer navigators.

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.