Medication Assisted Treatment

Recovery starts here, speak to a specialist: (303) 336-1600

ARTS Adult Outpatient facilities offer comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment services to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable as a result of substances. Our goal is to introduce individuals to a new way of life. Aimed at eliminating addiction to heroin, pain medication (or other opioids), or problematic alcohol use, the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program provides patients with a variety of pharmacological, behavioral, and psychosocial treatments. The programs, guided by the latest in scientific evidence concerning effective treatment interventions, specializes in Buprenorphine products (Suboxone and Vivitrol) and Methadone treatment for opioid use disorders. Medications offered for alcohol use disorders includes Naltrexone and Vivitrol. ARTS offers MAT at the following locations:

ARTS Parkside Clinic
1620 Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80206

p: (303) 388-5894
f: (303) 388-2808

Potomac Street Center
Aurora Medical Center – North
750 Potomac Street, Suite L11
Aurora, CO 80011
p: (303) 283-5991
f: (303) 283-9117

Westside Center for Change

6303 Wadsworth Bypass
Arvada, CO 80003

p: (303) 935-7004
f: (303) 935-3035


Q: How does methadone work?
A: Methadone is an opiate agonist that has a series of actions similar to those of morphine and other narcotic medications. In maintenance treatment, patients are given enough methadone to ward off opiate withdrawal symptoms, but not enough to induce narcotic effects.

Q: Does methadone make patients “high” or interfere with normal functioning?
A: No. Used in proper doses in maintenance treatment, methadone does not create euphoria, sedation, or analgesia. Methadone has no adverse effects on motor skills, mental capability, or employability.

Q: How long should methadone treatment last?
A: Generally, the length of time spent in treatment is positively related to treatment success. The duration of treatment should be individually determined. Treatment should last for as long as the counselor, physician and patient agree is appropriate.

Q: Is it safe to take methadone during pregnancy?
A: Yes. Methadone maintenance treatment during pregnancy does not impair the child’s developmental and cognitive functioning, and is the medically recommended course of treatment for most pregnant opiate-dependent women. During all stages of pregnancy, methadone is much safer for the mother and baby than continued heroin use.

Licensure and Credentials

The Adult Outpatient Clinics are licensed by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. In addition, clinics offering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). All outpatient programs are staffed by experienced professionals including certified addictions counselors, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists, physicians, and nurses.

Referrals – Medication Assisted Treatment

Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources, including county social service departments, probation, the Department of Corrections, human services agencies, physicians, impaired professional diversionary programs, families and through self-referral. ARTS Adult Outpatient is a contract provider for Medicaid, Kaiser, and the Veterans Administration.

If interested in learning more about any of the services provided at Adult Outpatient or to schedule an intake appointment, please call (303) 336-1600.