Medication-Assisted Treatment

Who Can Be Admitted

For individuals who are struggling with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders, Tuerk House’s medication-assisted treatment programs can help. We use a “whole patient” approach that combines behavioral therapy with clinically managed medications to help patients begin—and sustain—their recovery.

Location

Tuerk House Main Campus
730 Ashburton Street
Baltimore, MD 21216

Weisman – Kaplan House
2523 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Nilsson House
5665 Purdue Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21239

Gwynn Oak House
5212 Gwynn Oak Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21207

Howard House
9876 Clarksville Pike Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21044

How It Works

In medication-assisted treatment, the administered medications do NOT make the patient “high.” Instead, they restore balance to the areas of the brain that are affected by addiction. This relieves the patient’s withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings, allowing the brain to heal while he or she works toward recovery.

Types of Medications

Treatment is customized to each patient’s needs using a variety of medication options, including methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone and naloxone. All medications are FDA-approved for treatment of substance use disorders.

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Proven Benefits

Medication-assisted treatment is validated by the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others as a first-line treatment for addiction. Research shows it can:

  • Improve patient survival/reduce overdoses
  • Improve the patient’s ability to handle stress
  • Improve the rate of long-term recovery
  • Decrease illicit drug use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
  • Improve birth outcomes for pregnant women who have substance use disorders