ACCESS Chat:  Dr. Daneen Woodard on ACCESS’ Medication Assisted Recovery Program

October 15, 2021


At ACCESS, we believe substance use disorder is a disease. That’s why we recently spoke to ACCESS Regional Medical Director Dr. Daneen Woodard to learn more about the Medication Assisted Recovery (M.A.R.) program at ACCESS.


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


ACCESS Austin Family Health Center
4909 W. Division St. #508
Chicago, IL 60651


ACCESS Blue Island Family Health Center
13000 Maple Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406


ACCESS Booker Family Health Center
654 E 47th St.
Chicago, IL 60653


ACCESS Brandon Family Health Center
8300 S. Brandon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617


ACCESS Family Health Society
152 W. Lincoln Hwy. 
Chicago Heights, IL 60411 


ACCESS Genesis Center for Health and Empowerment
1 N. Broadway St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016


ACCESS Humboldt Park Family Health Center
3202 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647


ACCESS Madison Family Health Center
3800 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60624


ACCESS Martin T. Russo Family Health Center
245 South Gary Avenue, Lower Level 
Bloomingdale, IL 60108


ACCESS Northwest Family Health Center
1120 N. Arlington Heights Rd.   
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 


ACCESS Rogers Park Family Health Center
1555 Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626


ACCESS West Chicago Family Health Center
245 W. Roosevelt, Bldg. 14, Suite 150   
West Chicago, IL 60185 


ACCESS Westside Family Health Center
3752 W. 16th St.
Chicago, IL 60623