Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR)

This program uses a person-centered approach focusing on medical and psychological aspects of addiction and recovery. MAR is a proven foundation for personal change and recovery that reduces the need to use opioids and prevents overdoes. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription. Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction. MAR has been shown to assist an individual’s recovery by improving quality of life, level of daily functioning and ability to handle stress. Medication can help stabilize brain functioning and relieves cravings and withdrawal symptoms, allowing individuals to focus on their recovery process. Most importantly, it is proven that MAR reduces opioid-based mortality.

What are the benefits of MAR? 

MAR has been shown to offer a number of different benefits for individuals receiving treatment. One of the vital benefits of treatment is improved patient survival. Studies have also shown an increase in patient retention in treatment and an increase in a patient’s ability to gain and maintain employment. MAR can decrease cravings, and hazardous opiate use and other illegal activity among people with substance use disorders and help promote recovery.

More on MAR  

MAR is an evidence-based practice used by medical professionals to help combat the substance use disorder crisis. Medications such as buprenorphine and methadone have been consistently proven effective in treating opioid use disorder. In recent years, extended-release naltrexone and naloxone (also known as Narcan) have also been approved for the treatment of opioid dependence and shown evidence of effectiveness. Educating about and improving access to naloxone has become an increasingly important part of local efforts to combat opioid overdose and death. These MAR medications can be prescribed in a responsible manner to someone with an opioid addiction if fit. These medications are used to manage dependence and addiction to short-acting opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.

This service is available in the following regions:


  • Augusta
  • via telehealth statewide

For more information or to enroll in services our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

Additional Treatment Options.

Group Therapy

Crisis & Counseling Centers offers a variety of recovery group programs for adults in all stages of change from substance use and co-occurring disorders.

One-on-One Therapy

Whether you are looking for a harm-reduction model or an abstinence-based approach our team of compassionate and highly-trained clinicians will take their cues from you. Your treatment will be based on your goals for living healthy and we’ll work to help to identify what is needed to achieve those goals.

Mental Health Treatment

Mental Health services are offered to both individuals and families. Our clinicians are trained in a number of mental health issues including trauma, addiction, grief and loss, co-occurring disorders. and depression and anxiety disorders.