Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services (ADDS) is proud to partner with UCS Healthcare to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  UCS is one of few providers of MAT in the state of Iowa. Through our own experience and independent studies, this combination creates a greater opportunity for our clients to succeed with their long-term recovery.  The medication unit utilizes a variety of medications in our MAT program for treatment of alcohol or opioid use disorder.

The philosophy at ADDS and UCS is that medication used in MAT to treat addiction is much like using medication for other illnesses. Reducing the cravings and withdrawal symptoms through MAT often allows our clients the ability to lead a more productive life – working, spending time with family and friends, performing the tasks of daily life – while engaging in counseling to address all their needs as they move toward recovery.

Check out UCS’ list of video testimonials and other information regarding opioid use recovery and medication assisted treatment!

Clients must be in treatment at ADDS for alcohol and/or opioid use disorders to be able to access medication assisted treatment through UCS Healthcare at the ADDS Burlington location. A complete evaluation is needed to begin MAT treatment. Please contact the the ADDS Burlington office for open access (walk-in) evaluation times.

ADDS offers priority admission and specialized services for pregnant women entering MAT services, along with people who inject drugs. MAT medications are safe for pregnant women and their unborn fetus. Women can experience normal pregnancies, give birth and raise healthy children while receiving MAT treatment. It is imperative that you receive prenatal care. If you don’t have an obstetrician, we will refer you to one that is experienced in treating pregnant women in MAT. Please contact us for more information.

The nation and Iowa are facing an opioid misuse crisis and rising deaths due to overdoses. Opioids are a category of substances that include necessary pain medications, as well as illicit drugs like heroin. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is leading state efforts in prevention and treatment. IDPH works with other state entities, and public and private stakeholders to address this issue to protect and improve the health of Iowans.  Want more information about what is going on in Iowa around opioids?  See this link – Iowa Opioid Impacts and Solutions