The grant awarded to Road to Recovery on Sept. 1, 2017, under Colorado State Senate Bill 17-074, (“SB74”) is a grant pilot program that specifically addresses opioid use disorders in Routt and Pueblo counties by expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (“MAT”) for opioid use disorder. MAT utilizes a “whole patient” treatment approach for opioid addiction, combining Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved medications, such as Buprenorphine, with behavioral health therapy. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, MAT is shown to decrease “opioid use, opioid-related deaths, criminal activity and infectious disease transmission.”
Before Joe Thompson switched treatments for his opioid addiction, he was a devoted stay-at-home father, caring for his infant son after his wife returned to work. His recovery was aided by the anticraving medication buprenorphine. But after over two years free of heroin, Mr. Thompson, a former United Parcel Service worker from Iowa, relapsed and decided to try another kind of treatment program.