Are you or a loved one living with an opioid addiction? If so, you're not alone.
More than 40 million Americans have a substance use disorder. Opioid use disorder is a type of substance use disorder.
It's a chronic medical condition where people can't control their use of drugs like heroin, oxycodone, or Vicodin®.
For people with opioid use disorder, these drugs can harm their health, their ability to work, or their relationships.
The UPMC General Internal Medicine Recovery Engagement Program can help. Our clinic helps you achieve recovery from opioid addiction.
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
- Ongoing mental health counseling.
- Social support.
Our goal is to help you reclaim your life.
To learn more or make an appointment, call 412-232-6275.
What Is the Recovery Engagement Program?
The Recovery Engagement Program is a clinic at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pa. that provides help with opioid addiction.
Our program offers many services to help you defeat your substance use disorder.
An addiction expert will contact you within one business day of you getting in touch with us to set up a visit.
When you meet, our team member will take the time to get to know you and your current status. They'll also explain the program and what it might look like if you take part.
Our team will bring you into the office for a medical exam. It helps us decide which treatment plan is right for you and works best for your unique needs.
Some people may need inpatient treatment to help with their opioid addiction. Others may find more success with outpatient care.
MAT with Suboxone® or naltrexone
MAT can help:
- Relieve common withdrawal symptoms like stomach pain or muscle tremors.
- Control drug cravings to make it easier to take part in the program.
- Prevent opioid overdoses.
Mental health counseling
Studies show that cognitive-behavioral therapy, a type of talk therapy, can play an essential role in recovery.
Your therapist will help you manage any mental health issues like anxiety or depression. They'll also work with you as you learn new techniques to help you manage stress.
Peer support and guidance
Our peer recovery team has finished the Recovery Engagement Program and can:
- Help you know what to expect about the recovery process.
- Give you unmatched support and empowerment.
- Help you work toward your recovery goals.
Social service support
Our licensed social workers:
- Provide vital social support at all stages of your recovery.
- Can help you make the changes you need to live in recovery.
- Link you to outside health and community resources to provide housing and other needed support.
People who get addicted to opioids often have an untreated physical or mental health issue.
Our PCPs will treat not only your opioid use disorder but also any other health problems you may have.
In-office lab tests
The program offers lab testing to help us track your progress.
And new genetic tests can help us create a more customized recovery plan for you.
» Download the Recovery Engagement Program brochure (PDF)
Do I Qualify for the Recovery Engagement Program?
To take part in the program, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Meet the criteria for an opioid use disorder diagnosis.
- Commit to recovery and program engagement.
- Provide UPMC-accepted health insurance.
Your doctor may refer you to us — or you can reach out to us on your own.
We can help you find other addiction treatment options if you don't qualify for the program.
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The Opioid Recovery Team
When you come to our program, you have access to a team of medical, mental health, addiction, and social support experts.
Internal medicine and addiction medicine doctors
Our program doctors will:
- Manage your overall care.
- Prescribe and check on medications for addiction treatment.
- Diagnose and treat your health problems.
- Help you better manage problems like insomnia, chronic pain, and acute pain from elective surgeries or procedures.
Medical assistants (MAs)
Our MAs work closely with our outpatient doctors and:
- Can help you when you come into the office for an appointment.
- Are your first point of contact during your visits.
- Will check in with you to see how you're doing.
- Make sure you have any required lab or other tests while in the office.
Mental health therapists Nurturing your emotional and mental well-being is vital to recovery.
Our addiction recovery program therapists:
- Provide talk therapy and other counseling services.
- Work closely with others on the team.
- Help you define and achieve your unique recovery goals.
Patient services reps
These team members:
- Act as our front desk concierges. They're the first friendly faces you see when you walk through our doors.
- Answer your phone calls and connect you to the right person or service to address your questions.
- Schedule and check you in for appointments.
Having support from people who have lived through addiction and recovery is vital.
Peer navigators have been through the process. They serve as role models, cheerleaders, and mentors.
- Work closely with our doctors and peer navigators to make the program as stress-free as possible.
- Verify your medications and give you any in-office medicine your doctor has prescribed.
- Deal with insurance issues.
- Answer any questions you send through MyUPMC.
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