Justin Mynatt, DNP joined the McNabb Center in 2012 and has provided clinical services for over ten years. He currently serves as one of the Center’s medical directors. In 2016, the McNabb Center expanded services into Cocke County, opening a clinic in Newport. Justin worked there for three years and at the time, he was the only provider in the clinic. One of his most memorable experiences was initiating the clinic’s outpatient Vivitrol program. Vivitrol is a prescription used to help treat alcohol and opioid dependence.
One client that stands out in Justin’s mind is a woman with a history of addiction who came out of jail to receive Vivitrol treatment at the Newport clinic. Because of this treatment, she was able to attend “Dr. Seuss Day” at her son’s school. She said that she would not be here today if it weren’t for the McNabb Center and that now she could be more present in her son’s life.
Client experiences like this one are what reaffirms Justin’s decision to work at McNabb and champion community mental health, especially in rural, underserved communities like Newport.
The McNabb Center offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in many of its outpatient clinics across East Tennessee. MAT combines counseling and behavioral therapies with approved medications (such as Vivitrol or buprenorphine) to treat addiction disorders. Using controlled levels of medications to help relieve withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings can assist some individuals struggling with an addiction disorder to sustain recovery.