Opioid Use Disorder Care

MaineHealth shares your concerns about how the opioid epidemic is affecting our communities. Learn more about opioid use disorder, resources for patients and families to stay safe and alternative ways to treat pain. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about the use of opioids in your medical care. provider. 

What are opioids?

Opioids are medicines that may be prescribed to treat medium-to-severe pain of any type. They lessen the feeling of pain, but do not treat the injury causing the pain. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic (or constant) brain disease that some people can get from taking opioids often. This type of disease leads to craving opioids, not being able to stop using opioids, and can cause major life problems.

What is medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD)?

MOUD combines talk therapy (either individual or group counseling) with medicines that can control cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms. The medicines help a person feel normal again so they can focus on therapy and help rebuild their life. This therapy can continue as long as medically needed. The medicines that are used are:

  • Buprenorphine (pronounced byoo-pre-nor-feen), also called Suboxone
  • Methadone (available only at a methadone clinic)
  • Naltrexone (nal-trek-sohn)

The MOUD program helps patients get the care they need, close to home. Patients who need intensive services can get care by providers with special addiction training. More stable patients can get their MOUD treatment at primary care offices by doctors and behavioral health clinicians. If a patient’s condition worsens, they can switch back to intensive care for more help until they become healthier and ready to return to receiving care at a primary care office.

Patient resources

MaineHealth is here to help with your billing and financial assistance questions. Please contact us through MyChart, the MaineHealth patient portal, or call 1-866-804-2499 (toll-free) Monday through Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm.

MaineHealth cares about your physical and mental health

Counseling, therapy and other behavioral health services are available at most MaineHealth primary care practices. Contact your primary care provider for more information.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Call 1-844-292-0111 to get the care you need.

Advice for people taking opioid medication