Opioids Do you think you or someone you love may be dependent upon opioids? Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain reward, memory, and related circuitry. Addiction is more than a behavioral disorder. Addiction can cause disability or premature death, especially when left untreated or not treated adequately. Recovery from addiction, like other health conditions, is best achieved through a combination of self-management, mutual support and professional care. We Care. We Are Here to Help. At FirstLight, we have a team of healthcare providers trained to prescribe medication to help individuals overcome opioid addiction. This is commonly known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). What is medication-assisted treatment? MAT is the use of medication, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole patient approach” to the treatment of substance use disorders. What will these medications do? These medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological effects of chemical imbalances in the body. They provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. What can I expect from my first visit? Members of the FirstLight care team and a physician will meet with you to assess your suitability for MAT. If you are a suitable candidate, a plan of care will be developed with you and members of the team. If you or someone you know has concerns with opioid or other prescription pain medication addiction, contact FirstLight’s controlled substance care team at 1-800-245-5671 or 320-679-1313.