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Sage Neuroscience Center

Sage Neuroscience Center offers online video and phone help you can use safely from your home if no treatment providers are near you or they have a waiting list. Please call: (505) 405-2171

We have not been able to identify providers in the following counties for Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use, but new providers are learning this treatment every day. If you are not able to find a local provider, please call Sage: (505) 405-2171 and let them know you are calling about opioid use treatment. Your call will be prioritized within 24-48 hours.

Cibola
Curry
Eddy

Lea
Lincoln
Luna

Socorro
Union
Valencia

Ideal Option

Ideal Option offers secure online access to our clinicians for MAT for Opioid Use. If you are experiencing a temporary situation that prevents you from coming into one of our clinics, we will set you up to do an appointment over video chat from your home. Find more information at www.idealoption.com/virtual or by calling (877) 522-1275.

Bright Heart Health Mobile

A comprehensive program including medication therapy and counseling from a multi-disciplinary team of experts in addiction disorders.

Our telemedicine service provides expert professionals to men and women through 2-way video conferencing on your phone, tablet or computer. 
Call: (800) 892-2695 or Visit the Virtual Clinic

Other treatment resources include:

Treatment Connections is a public website for those in New Mexico seeking Substance Use Disorder and mental health treatment to anonymously search for nearby providers, evaluate the type of care needed and submit confidential online referral requests to appropriate treatment providers. 

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line – If you are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately, call this free mental health line that is here to hear you 24 hours every day of the year at 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474).The New Mexico 5-Actions Program is a free online self-guided resource for those struggling with substance use and/or behavioral addictions that may be helpful while looking for in-person treatment with a provider. It should not replace in-person treatment. 

Having Trouble Getting Opioid Treatment and/or Medication you Need?

Knowing about your experiences will help us make needed changes! Email: hsc-nmopioidfeedback@salud.unm.edu. In your email, please include the town you live in and detail of the troubles you had. We will not always be able to contact you directly, but your feedback will help us improve care in New Mexico for Substance Use Disorder.

Medicaid Eligibility

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, like heart disease or diabetes that can’t be cured, but it can be managed to help a person with addiction regain a healthy life. People can’t just walk away from addiction – they need help.

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, like heart disease or diabetes that can’t be cured, but it can be managed to help a person with addiction regain a healthy, productive life. People can’t just walk away from addiction – they need help.

Treatment is Effective

Treatment helps people stop using the problem drug and helps people address life issues they may have tied to the addiction, such as feelings of low self-worth, a bad home or work situation or spending time with people who use drugs.

It helps them get through withdrawal and cope with cravings and regain a normal state of mind.
Just as important, treatment helps people address life issues they might have that are tied to the addiction, such as feelings of low self-worth, a bad situation at work or home, or spending time with people who use drugs.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Tailored to meet each person’s needs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling to treat opioid addiction to both prescription pain relievers and heroin. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.

Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This treatment approach has been shown to:

  • Improve patient survival
  • Increase retention in treatment
  • Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
  • Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant

Types of Medication

The most common medications used in treatment of opioid addiction are Buprenorphine and Methadone. Sometimes another medication, called naltrexone, is used.

Buprenorphine and Methadone reduce cravings and trick the brain into thinking it is still getting the problem opioid.

Naltrexone helps overcome addiction in a different way. It blocks the effect of opioid drugs. This takes away the feeling of getting high if the problem drug is used again.

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine reduces cravings and tricks the brain into thinking it is still getting the problem opioid. It suppresses and reduces cravings for the abused drug. The person taking the medication feels normal, not high, and withdrawal does not occur. Learn more about buprenorphine.

Methadone

Methadone tricks the brain into thinking it’s still getting the abused drug. In fact, the person is not getting high from it and feels normal, so withdrawal doesn’t occur.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone works differently than methadone and buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependency. If a person using naltrexone relapses and uses the abused drug, naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of the abused drug and prevents feelings of euphoria.

Buprenorphine and naltrexone are dispensed at treatment centers or prescribed by doctors.


As a part of its comprehensive strategy to address the opioid use crisis and overdose epidemic in the United States, SAMHSA launched a new interactive tool for consumers. Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder supports people with opioid use disorder in making informed decisions about their care and treatment choices.

The online tool and accompanying handbook were developed to help people with opioid use disorder learn about medication-assisted treatment (MAT), explore and compare treatment options, and discuss treatment preferences with their healthcare provider.

Taking medication for opioid addiction is like taking medication to control heart disease or diabetes. It is NOT the same as substituting one addictive drug for another and, taken properly, does NOT create a new addiction.