Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people struggling with opioid addiction throughout its 8-county service area. The program, provided through the hospital’s behavioral health clinic at Family Health & Wellness in Oakland, is managed by Kelly Rock, DNP, PMHNP-BC, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience in the behavioral health field.
The MAT program combines prescribing buprenorphine with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide an effective mode of treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, which can be particularly difficult to treat without medical intervention. Patients wishing to join the program are initially screened by staff, who provide information about the program and what patients can expect. After the screening process, patients sign an agreement for treatment that outlines the provider’s and the patient’s responsibilities. Enrolled patients see the clinic’s psychiatric nurse practitioner on a regular basis while also receiving therapy with a certified addictions counselor.
“We are very proud of the MAT program here at GRMC’s Health & Wellness, and we are happy to provide our patients a holistic approach to support each patient’s unique recovery journey,” says Kelly Rock, DNP PMHNP-BC. “Our program uses evidenced based treatment guidelines that are patient-centered, which can make a significant difference in patient outcomes.”
The program’s integrated approach to care also provides patients with access to acupuncture, massage therapy, and reflexology services through GRMC’s Integrative Pain Management Center. These services are provided at no cost to the patient, thanks to a grant from the Rural Maryland Council.
Receiving MAT can make a significant difference to those who struggle with opioid addiction.
“The MAT program has changed a lot of things for me,” says a patient in the program. “I have a counselor that cares about how I am doing. Kelly Rock is awesome. She is so nice and always tries to be understanding. I’m also happy that they do random counts and drug testing. You cannot lie about being clean here. We are now working on my tapering process and are taking our time so that I can stay clean and mentally stable. They truly care about their patients.”
To receive more information about the program, call 301-533-2190.