Medication Assisted Treatment

Suboxone/Vivitrol
Medication Assisted Treatment Program


Many young men who are addicted to heroin or opiates find themselves struggling to maintain sobriety, even after the completion of one or more treatment programs. The overwhelming risk of continued use or relapse sometimes leads to a recommendation that includes the use of medication assisted treatment, such as Suboxone or Vivitrol. Real Recovery’s commitment to young men in recovery is inclusive of those individuals who are appropriately taking medication to overcome their addiction. Our unique medication assisted treatment offers clients a safe, structured and responsible sober living environment while also fully addressing their medication needs.

A responsible approach to Medication Assisted Treatment
in Sober Living

Our goal is to guide young men through recovery over 6-9 months while on an extended taper from Suboxone or Vivitrol.

  • Medication is dispensed and administered daily in our state-licensed addiction treatment facility with partnering on-site pharmacy.
  • No medication leaves our treatment facility or is allowed to enter the residence.
  • Real Recovery’s board-certified addiction psychiatrist prescribes all medication.
  • Clients participate in treatment programming up to 3 days/week at our Intensive Outpatient Program and is exclusive for those receiving medication assisted treatment.
  • Weekly drug screens are conducted to ensure all medications are at intended therapeutic levels.

Phase I –
River House

Upon arrival, an initial assessment is conducted to understand each client’s clinical needs. From there, a structured plan can be implemented to optimize the young man’s path to recovery.

River House is a fully remodeled classic country home with a spacious community porch. Residents of River House are supported 24 hours per day by Recovery Specialist House Managers, who take time to teach the life skills so many young adults lack when first entering the program. Clients also have access to vocational services that will support their job-seeking efforts as they progress through Phase I.

Much of the focus of this phase is on treatment—first at the intensive outpatient level, then continuing with weekly outpatient groups. Clients typically spend 6-9 months in the first phase of treatment. Each day begins with a morning meditation and includes a daily house meeting check-in, but the true beauty of the program exists in our experiential approach that capitalizes on the landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Real Recovery staff lead several outdoor excursions each week, giving the men chance to live in the moment, build social skills and gain self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Examples of some common trips can be found here.

Phase II – Transition house

As clients near the end of the first phase of their recovery, the focus begins to shift from treatment and skill-building to utilizing their new skills in the real world while at the same time completing their buprenorphine/naltrexone taper. Clients in Transition House still benefit from the overwhelmingly supportive community of the Real Recovery campus while being in a more independent setting.

In Phase II, clients are transitioning back to being a full-time student or working a full-time job, often doing so for the first time while also engaged in a sober lifestyle and adjusting to a life of meaning and purpose. Our team supports them through this process to ensure a successful transition to independence and adulthood. As they near the end of their stay, clients are fully supported in finding their new path and seeking long-term housing options.