Medication Assisted Treatment

The disease of addiction is complex and chronic. There are a variety of treatment approaches and, as with many other diseases, there is not one single approach that works for everyone. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provides relief to many individuals suffering with opiate addiction and alcohol dependence. Janus offers three forms of MAT: Methadone, Buprenorphine (Suboxone), and Naltrexone (Vivitrol). It is understood that medication alone is not sufficient treatment for addiction and that participation in counseling is a required component of all treatment options. The Janus treatment team offers a variety of individual and group counseling options. Download our Janus MAT Brochure for more information.

The standard and most widely used medication for opiate addiction is Methadone. Methadone is a synthetic, long-acting opiate that eliminates withdrawal symptoms and decreases cravings, allowing the patient the ability to focus on repairing life issues and engage in healthy activities. Operating under state and federal guidelines, this liquid medication is provided as an oral daily dose, supporting stabilization through regular interaction with the treatment team. Patients attend counseling sessions and receive support and referrals in order to restore balance and order in their lives. Methadone is covered by Medi-Cal and we offer a sliding scale for cash paying patients.

Offered at:

Janus Community Clinic, 1000A Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz

Janus South County, 284 Pennsylvania Ave., Watsonville

Dr. Morris, Janus’ Medical Director, is licensed to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone), another option for the treatment of opiate dependence. Buprenorphine works by partially occupying opiate receptors to reduce cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms. Counseling is a necessary component to assist clients in changing behaviors and regaining a productive and healthy lifestyle. Buprenorphine is covered under the client’s pharmacy benefit or Medi-Cal, and we offer a sliding scale for cash paying patients. Group and individual counseling services may be covered under insurance.

Offered at:

Janus Community Clinic, 1000A Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz

Naltrexone (Vivitrol) is a medication used in the treatment of alcoholism and opiate addiction. This medication is administered once monthly by injection. With Naltrexone in the system, the client does not feel the euphoric, or pleasant, effects of opiates or alcohol. This medication reinforces a person’s resolve to remain drug-free by eliminating positive reinforcement from using alcohol or opiates. Naltrexone is especially helpful to people who have attained some long term abstinence, possibly by completing a residential treatment program. It is currently offered to some jail inmates prior to release to help prevent them from returning to drug use. Clients must be completely opiate-free in order to receive the injection. Medi-Cal and some private insurance policies cover the cost of the medication. There are additional fees for medical services and counseling is required for clients receiving Naltrexone at Janus.

Offered at:

Janus Community Clinic, 1000A Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz

SCOPE – Santa Cruz Overdose Prevention & Education

The Santa Cruz Overdose Prevention & Education program (SCOPE) at Janus provides overdose prevention kits and education to individuals and community organizations. These kits contain two doses of Naloxone, which can reverse opiate overdoses when administered promptly. Syringes and instructions are included in a small sharps container for safe disposal after use. Anyone who uses opiates or lives with or near anyone who uses opiates (especially IV heroin) is urged to obtain a kit. A $20.00 donation is requested but a kit will not be denied to anyone due to inability to pay. Contact us at (831) 462-1060 to inquire about obtaining a SCOPE kit or to set up a SCOPE training for your organization.



aftercare_full-1Aftercare Program

Janus’ Lifetime Aftercare Counseling Program is a comprehensive, ongoing support group for all clients who have completed treatment at Janus. This is a lifetime benefit for all alumni. Meetings are offered every week. Call us at (866) 526-8772 for details.

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Committing high standards to your treatment

Janus of Santa Cruz is licensed by the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to provide the following treatment programs:
  • Residential Detoxification for Adults
  • Residential and Day Alcohol and Drug Treatment for Adults
  • Residential and Day Alcohol and Drug Treatment for Pregnant Women
  • Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment
  • Opiate Addiction Treatment / Methadone and Buprenorphine
  • First and Multiple Offender Driving Under the Influence Programs
The Janus Community Clinic for the treatment of opiate addiction is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. CAARR, the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources, has established a registration process for homes meeting the Sober Living Standards. In this process, a facility states that it meets the Standards and declares that it will continue to abide by the Standards.

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For four decades, Janus has provided compassionate and effective addiction treatment while guiding thousands of people toward wellness and recovery. We offer help, hope and results to individuals and families.