Medication-Assisted Treatment

At CrossRoads of Southern Nevada Las Vegas Rehab in Southern Nevada, our goal is to deliver focused treatment services that provide men and women with the care that puts them in the best position to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. Depending upon a guest’s specific strengths, needs, and treatment goals, customizable aspects of our programming may include the type, intensity, and duration of care.


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) significantly reduces the chance of relapse in individuals diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Medications can be tailored to individual needs and provide support medically while the patient engages in behavioral health interventions. Taking medication for opioid or alcohol disorder is very similar to the treatment of any other chronic disease, such as diabetes. MAT is an evidenced-based therapy endorsed by numerous organizations including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Medical Association, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. MAT is not trading one substance for another. Medications for Opioid Use Disorder work to:

  • Block the euphoric effects of the opioids
  • Relieve cravings
  • Normalize brain chemistry
  • Allow the individual to complete daily tasks without the concern of withdrawal

Current FDA-approved MAT medications include:

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Zubzolv, Bunavil, Sublocade, Probuphine)
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)


  • Death rates among those living with Opioid Use Disorder are reduced by 50% when an individual is engaged in MAT.
  • As many as 90% of individuals engaging in MAT are able to obtain a minimum of 2 years of sobriety.
  • The average cost for 1 full year of methadone maintenance treatment is
    approximately $4,700 per patient, whereas 1 full year of imprisonment costs
    approximately $18,400 per person.
  • Through numerous studies, MAT has been shown to improve patient survival, increase retention in treatment, decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity; increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment, improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant and lower a person’s risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C by reducing the potential for relapse.


Disease Comparison

Diabetes                                                   Substance Use Disorder
Genetic Predisposition                            Genetic Predisposition
Lifestyle choices are a factor in the      Lifestyle choices are a factor in the
development of the disease.                   development of the disease.
Severity is variable.                                  Severity is variable.
There are diagnostic criteria.                 There are diagnostic criteria.
Once diagnosed, you have it.                 Once diagnosed, you have it.
Primary treatment is lifestyle                Primary treatment is lifestyle
modification.                                             modification.
Medications can help.                              Medications can help.
When the patient is non-compliant      When the patient is non-compliant
with lifestyle modification                      with lifestyle modification
interventions, medication is used to    individual lead towards “they don’t
maximize outcomes.                                want it bad enough”


CrossRoads of Southern Nevada makes every effort possible to provide patients with all medication-assisted treatment options during the course of their care with us. Buprenorphine and Naltrexone products are offered in-house by our medical team. In the event a patient needs to engage in methadone maintenance treatment, CrossRoads collaborates with several community partners to ensure the patient receives their medication. Starting medication-assisted treatment is a provider/patient decision and numerous factors may influence which medication is most appropriate.

Additional Medication-Assisted Treatment Information


To provide integrated behavioral health care to people struggling with substance use and/or cooccurring disorders because we believe every life matters.

  • Providing patients and clients with individualized care plans to address barriers to success in a holistic manner;
  • Offering evidence-based practices across a continuum of care to support all pathways to recovery;
  • Educating the people under our care about available resources to utilize while constructing their long-term recovery journey;
  • Developing a professional work force of educated individuals acting in the best interest of the population served.

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a condition where a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking habits, here are some signs of alcohol addiction to look out for:

  1. Increased tolerance: The need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effects.
  2. Withdrawal symptoms: Sweating, shaking, and anxiety when attempting to quit drinking.
  3. Loss of control: Inability to limit the amount of alcohol consumed.
  4. Drinking in secret: Hiding alcohol or drinking in secret to avoid criticism.
  5. Neglecting responsibilities: Prioritizing drinking over work, school, or other obligations.
  6. Continual drinking despite negative consequences: Continued drinking even when it causes problems with relationships, finances, or health.
  7. Preoccupation with drinking: Constantly thinking about alcohol and when the next drink will be consumed.
  8. Increased isolation: Spending more time alone or withdrawing from friends and family to drink.
  9. Drinking to cope with emotions: Using alcohol to deal with stress, anxiety, or depression.
  10. Continuing to drink despite wanting to quit: Repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut back or quit drinking.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seeking professional help and support from loved ones can be beneficial in managing alcohol addiction.

  • If you or someone you know is struggling with a benzodiazepine addiction, it’s important to seek help from a medical professional as soon as possible. Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos,” are a class of medications commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions, but they can be highly addictive and can lead to serious health problems if not used as prescribed.Some common signs of benzodiazepine addiction include:
    • Taking larger doses of the medication than prescribed or using it more frequently than recommended
    • Difficulty reducing or stopping use of the medication despite wanting to do so
    • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using the medication
    • Using the medication to cope with emotional or psychological stress
    • Neglecting responsibilities or relationships due to drug use

    If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help from a medical professional. Benzodiazepine addiction is treatable, but it’s important to address the problem early in order to prevent long-term health consequences. Treatment options may include medication-assisted therapy, behavioral therapy, and support groups.

Cocaine addiction is a complex and serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and social well-being. Treatment for cocaine addiction often involves a combination of behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and support from family and friends.

Here are some potential ways to help individuals with cocaine addiction:

  1. Encourage them to seek professional help: Encourage the individual to seek professional help from a healthcare provider or a substance abuse treatment program. These professionals can provide comprehensive care, including counseling, medications, and support groups.
  2. Provide emotional support: Individuals with cocaine addiction may feel ashamed or embarrassed about their addiction. Providing emotional support and encouragement can help them feel less isolated and more motivated to seek help.
  3. Offer practical support: Offer practical support such as transportation to and from appointments, help with household chores, or even just spending time with them to help them feel supported and cared for.
  4. Avoid enabling behaviors: Enabling behaviors such as giving them money, covering up their addiction, or making excuses for their behavior can hinder their recovery. It’s important to set clear boundaries and encourage them to take responsibility for their actions.
  5. Educate yourself: Educating yourself about cocaine addiction can help you understand the condition and provide better support to your loved one. Learn about the signs and symptoms of addiction, treatment options, and support resources.

Remember, recovery from cocaine addiction is a long-term process that requires patience, persistence, and a supportive network.

Fentanyl addiction can be a very serious and potentially life-threatening condition, as Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that can lead to respiratory depression and overdose. If you or someone you know is struggling with Fentanyl addiction, it is important to seek professional help.

Here are some steps you can take to address Fentanyl addiction:

  1. Seek medical attention: Fentanyl addiction requires professional treatment, and the first step is to seek medical attention. A doctor can help manage withdrawal symptoms and provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help ease cravings.
  2. Consider therapy: Therapy can be an essential part of recovery, as it can help individuals identify the underlying causes of addiction and develop coping strategies to avoid relapse. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, can help individuals change negative thought patterns and develop healthy habits.
  3. Join a support group: Support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals struggling with addiction. These groups can help individuals feel less alone in their recovery journey and provide a sense of community.
  4. Make lifestyle changes: Making healthy lifestyle changes can also support recovery. This might include adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, and avoiding triggers that may lead to drug use.

Remember, recovery from Fentanyl addiction is a journey, and it may not be easy. However, with the right support and resources, it is possible to overcome addiction and live a fulfilling life in recovery.

Heroin addiction is a serious and complex condition that affects individuals physically, psychologically, and socially. It is a chronic disease that requires long-term treatment and support.

Some common signs and symptoms of heroin addiction include:


  • Increased tolerance: Individuals with heroin addiction require increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the desired effects.
  • Withdrawal symptoms: When an individual with heroin addiction stops using the drug, they may experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Continued use despite negative consequences: Individuals with heroin addiction may continue to use the drug despite experiencing negative consequences, such as relationship problems, financial difficulties, or legal issues.
  • Craving: Individuals with heroin addiction may experience intense cravings for the drug, making it difficult to stop using it.

Treatment for heroin addiction typically involves a combination of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and behavioral therapy. MAT involves the use of medications such as methadone or buprenorphine to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Behavioral therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and contingency management, can help individuals develop coping strategies and address the underlying causes of their addiction.

It’s important to note that recovery from heroin addiction is a lifelong process, and relapse is a common part of the journey. However, with the right treatment and support, individuals with heroin addiction can manage their condition and lead fulfilling lives in recovery.

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception. It is commonly known as ecstasy or molly and is often used recreationally for its euphoric effects. However, repeated use of MDMA can lead to addiction, and individuals who develop an addiction to MDMA may experience a range of negative physical and psychological consequences.

Treatment for MDMA addiction typically involves a combination of behavioral therapy and medication-assisted therapy. Behavioral therapy can help individuals identify and change the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to their addiction. Medications such as antidepressants may be prescribed to help with withdrawal symptoms and to treat underlying mood disorders that may have contributed to the addiction.

Support groups, such as 12-step programs, can also be helpful in providing ongoing support and guidance for individuals in recovery from MDMA addiction. It’s important to seek professional help if you or someone you know is struggling with MDMA addiction, as it can be a serious and potentially life-threatening condition if left untreated.


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