I have been in recovery from opioid addiction for fifteen years. As a physician, I had the benefit of high quality, long-term treatment, five years of aftercare and the ability to financially support my family. The majority of Americans battling Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) do not have access to the treatment I received. Many do not have the financial security to leave their job or family for residential treatment that may last three months or longer. While there are many barriers preventing access to treatment, the biggest barrier for OUD is the stigma associated with the disease.

Our team at Cedar Recovery recognized these barriers and developed an Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) model that meets patients where they are in the recovery process. Our model for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provides first-class treatment for those who are struggling with addiction. The medications, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone, help level the playing field for patients, giving them a fighting chance at long term recovery. Patients at Cedar Recovery maintain access to treatment between 12-24 months, which provides the brain an opportunity to heal, time to develop healthy relationships and coping strategies to prevent relapse. During the treatment process, patients can present with the need for a higher level of care. When a referral is needed, our team utilizes pre-qualified strategic partners in the community for services, such as Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Partial Hospitalization, and Residential programs.

Last year we lost more Americans to overdose than the combined casualties spanning 20 years of the Vietnam War. Our communities must work together to solve this epidemic. When combined with a strong community, the Cedar Recovery model plays an important role in removing the stigma associated with addiction, providing patients with addiction treatment that works.