The Doorway at Cheshire Medical Center now offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies—which is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help some people sustain recovery.
The Doorway prescribes buprenorphine, a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat OUD, combined with face-to-face counseling and reporting via phone app, to provide patients with a comprehensive patient-centric treatment program.
"With COVID-19, many of the MAT programs were only offering a weekly virtual group therapy option combined with medication," says Nelson Hayden, MA, MBA, LADC, director/clinician at the Doorway at Cheshire Medical Center. "We wanted people to have the option to connect with a counselor and meet face-to-face if desired, so we created our program with our board-certified addiction specialist, Dr. Dawn Harland."
As a medical provider at The Doorway, Dawn Harland, MD, FACP, FASAM, has helped to increase referrals to the program from Cheshire's hospitalists and Emergency Department providers. Harland also supports primary care physicians and hospitalists in the initiation of MAT.
"Recovery is real, it's great, and it's available today by calling 211 or visiting our Keene location," says Hayden. "We are ready to take care of you or your loved one and connect you to support."
Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one or are only looking for information and resources related to drugs or alcohol, The Doorway is the right place. The Doorway is a free service. It is supported by the Center for Population Health (CPH) at Cheshire.
We wanted people to have the option to connect with a counselor and meet face-to-face if desired, so we created our MAT program with our board-certified addiction specialist, Dr. Dawn Harland.Nelson Hayden, MA, MBA, LADC, Director, the Doorway at Cheshire Medical Center
Misuse of potentially harmful substances, such as opioids or alcohol, to the extent that it interferes with a person's well-being and/or ability to participate in daily activities, is referred to as a substance use disorder (SUD). Starting with the right treatment and support, many people can sustain recovery from SUD.
It's important to remember that SUD is a diagnosable medical condition that requires treatment. It is not a moral failing — it is a treatable illness that can affect anyone. No group or individual is immune to the reach of SUD.
Do you or your loved one need help?
Call 211 to talk with someone at The Doorway or visit us at 24 Railroad Street in Keene, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.