Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective tool to help someone overcome an addiction to opiates or alcohol. MAT can be life-saving for individuals as their brains and bodies heal during recovery. Used in conjunction with counseling, MAT has proven that it reduces cravings and minimizes withdrawal symptoms. As an individuals’ health stabilizes, a medically monitored taper process can begin. COGI’s MAT program includes a strict counseling component in addition to medication.   Through our programs clients can be prescribed Suboxone, Rivia, Subutex, or Sublocade.

Dr. Stefovic and Dr. Weizer work very closely with our clients other medical providers to ensure coordination of care.  Both of our doctors have been integral in bridging the gap with psychiatric and other medications for clients coming out of a rehab or losing a doctor.  They write prescriptions for medications until a client can be setup and seen by a PCP and/or mental health physician.

Our MAT Clinic operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with evening hours offered every Wednesday to accommodate clients who work during traditional business hours.   COGI currently contracts with Dr. John Stefovic and Dr. Ilene Weizer to provide MAT services to the clients in our outpatient clinic.

Dr. John W. Stefovic, M.D.   Dr. Ilene K. Weizer, M.D.
Dr. John Stefovic serves as COGI’s Medical Director and heads our Medication Assisted Treatment Program.  A retired Family Physician, Dr. Stefovic has years of experience in treating patients with a variety of health issues.  Since closing his Family Practice, Dr. Stefovic now focuses on working with clients suffering from substance abuse issues and is contracted with both outpatient and inpatient facilities to provide Medication Assisted Treatment.   Dr. Ilene Weizer provides treatment in COGI’s Medication Assisted Treatment Program.  A practicing gynecologist, Dr. Weizer works closely with COGI’s female patients in educating them on good birth control methods as well as pre and post natal care.  Dr. Weizer serves as a consultant and works with all of the MAT clients that are part of COGI’s SMURF project.