Can you begin with the basics and tell us what is M.A.R.?
Medication assisted recovery (M.A.R.) is a comprehensive approach to substance use disorder that includes buprenorphine-assisted or naltrexone – assisted treatment, behavioral and spiritual health services, and linkage to social services that address any barriers that impact successful treatment.
What do you mean by a “comprehensive approach”?
Opiate addiction is a disease that requires both medical treatment and emotional support. Through behavioral and spiritual health care, patients work through stressors such as loneliness, anger, loss, shame, stigma and setbacks to make meaning out of their experiences, minimize triggers, and live healthier each day. ACCESS’ services include in-person one-on-one sessions, group sessions. and telehealth appointments with our behavioral health consultants, community health specialists and our resident chaplain.
Why medication assistance?
Medication assistance reduces or removes withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings that improve a patient’s chances of leading a life of recovery. ACCESS’ M.A.R. program provides outpatient treatment, which allows a patient to continue their normal life with work and family while in treatment and recovery.
What should a patient expect when taking buprenorphine (Suboxone)?
When taken correctly, buprenorphine is a safe and effective way to support patients, including those who are pregnant, through recovery. Buprenorphine acts like opiates, heroin or other drugs to the brain but inhibits opiates and heroin drugs from acting.
How can someone seek help and join the M.A.R. program at ACCESS?
M.A.R. is available at key ACCESS locations. Call one of the health centers of your choice below today for program details:
ACCESS Ashland Family Health Center 5159 S. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60609 773.434.9216
ACCESS Austin Family Health Center 4909 W. Division St. #508 Chicago, IL 60651 773.364.4600
ACCESS Blue Island Family Health Center 13000 Maple Ave. Blue Island, IL 60406 708.385.6100
ACCESS Booker Family Health Center 654 E 47th St. Chicago, IL 60653 773.624.4800
ACCESS Brandon Family Health Center 8300 S. Brandon Ave. Chicago, IL 60617 773.721.7600
ACCESS Family Health Society 152 W. Lincoln Hwy. Chicago Heights, IL 60411 708.754.9687
ACCESS Genesis Center for Health and Empowerment 1 N. Broadway St. Des Plaines, IL 60016 847.298.3150
ACCESS Humboldt Park Family Health Center 3202 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 773.278.1880
ACCESS Madison Family Health Center 3800 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60624 773.826.6600
ACCESS Martin T. Russo Family Health Center 245 South Gary Avenue, Lower Level Bloomingdale, IL 60108 630.893.5230
ACCESS Northwest Family Health Center 1120 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60004 847.342.1554
ACCESS Rogers Park Family Health Center 1555 Howard St. Chicago, IL 60626 773.764.7146
ACCESS West Chicago Family Health Center 245 W. Roosevelt, Bldg. 14, Suite 150 West Chicago, IL 60185 630.293.4124
ACCESS Westside Family Health Center 3752 W. 16th St. Chicago, IL 60623 773.762.2435