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Behavioral Health Services

Substance Use Treatment

Substance Use Disorders Treatment And Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program

Southeast offers outpatient treatment for substance use disorders and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence, structured through an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Southeast uses the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria to establish the level of care appropriate to meet the patient’s needs.

The MAT program combines pharmacological medications Buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex), which is an opioid agonist/antagonist that blocks other narcotics while reducing withdrawal risk, or Naltrexone (Vivitrol) a non-addictive opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of different drugs; with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

Our Chaplain is available and meets with clients to provide spiritual counseling and guidance if needed. Due to the need for medication administered in MAT, our Chaplain runs groups to help those who want support to come or NA.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Substance Use Treatment combine Behavioral Health Treatment to Treat the Whole Person.


Counselors at Southeast provide both individual and group counseling and support while receiving substance use treatment.

Physical Health Care

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners at Southeast provide physical examination, screening, lab testing, and general healthcare services for people enrolled in the MAT program and anyone who wants primary care services.

Case Management and Peer Support Services

Case managers and peers assist program participants in managing their recovery plans and ensure they can access Southeast services.

Peers assist program participants add a great deal to the program, as they have overcome substance use disorders in their own lives and can share insights and relate with program participants through a shared experience.

Alternative Pain Management and Treatment Services – Acupuncture and Auricular Acupuncture

These services are offered as adjunctive treatments to manage post-acute withdrawal and cravings and to provide alternative pain management treatment.

How to Access Substance Use Treatment Services and MAT (Columbus)

Call us at 614-225-0990 or email in Columbus to schedule a MAT or Substance Use Treatment Assessment. Our staff will ask questions to determine your needs and goals and how we can help you reach them. Walk-In Assessments: Registration for Walk-In Assessments is 11 a.m. to noon, Monday and Wednesday (first come, first served).

Bridge to Opiate Recovery Program is a low-barrier outpatient clinic for people wanting to start suboxone treatment for opioid use disorder. This harm reduction-focused program meets people where they are and engages them while they get stabilized on medication. Clients will have continued access to drugs as they make treatment transitions. Patients can be self-referred, referred by an ER, or discharged from inpatient/residential care. Walk-in hours are 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday. Have questions about BOR or need to schedule an appointment? Contact Kate Ruschman 614-625-6687.

Walk-In Services for Substance Use Treatment in Merion Village, Columbus

To complete a walk-in substance use treatment assessment, you must visit our office at Southeast Healthcare in Merion Village, located at 1455 S. Fourth Street in Columbus. We provide assessments on a first-come, first-served basis. For appointments, call the Merion Village location at 614-444-0800.

Walk-in times

Walk-in appointments are available at noon Mondays and Thursdays and at 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If you plan to walk in to be seen, bring your picture ID, verification of income and health insurance proof of residence, and a list of prescriptions (and supplements) with the doctor’s doctor’s doctor’s bottles preferred

If you only seek Vivitrol only and do not need treatment (counseling or group) services, please make an appointment through central scheduling at 614-360-0222. Please ask for an appointment with Primary Care for Vivitrol.

Continuing Support for Your Recovery

After Completion of Treatment – Continued recovery support and encouragement that meets monthly

Medication Assisted Recovery Anonymous – (MARA)

Referrals to other support groups to help sustain your recovery program.

RREACT (Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team) and HOPE Task Force

If you or your loved one is experiencing addiction and a mental health crisis, the RREACT Program is here to help you now. RREACT stands for Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team.

Our team comprises mental health nurses, outreach coordinators, and peers placed within the Emergency Medical Services model to respond in real time to community needs.

Southeast, along with the Columbus Division of Fire and other providers, provide evidence-based approaches for patients experiencing addiction and mental health crises that are protocol-based to ensure a standardized approach to assessment, treatment, and disposition. The team will meet individuals on-scene to assist them wherever they are and provide immediate linkage to resources and treatment.

In response to an opiate overdose, the RREACT team will be requested by the EMS/Dispatch communication center for on-scene response. The team will support paramedics, assess for lethality if necessary, offer brief crisis intervention, collect information on current linkage to services, and facilitate re-linkage if appropriate.

For more information about RREACT, call (614) 360-0199.

HOPE Task Force

The HOPE Task Force is committed to helping individuals and families impacted by the opioid epidemic in Franklin County.

Southeast HOPE Outreach Services

  • Immediate Access to Detox
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Linkage to Services
  • Primary Care and Mental Health
  • Transportation Support
  • Case Management
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Supports
  • Naloxone (Narcan) Training and Kits

This program is affiliated with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Task Force can be reached at (614) 360-0199 for more information.

Our comprehensive care serves you no matter where you are on your recovery journey.

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