In northern Santa Barbara County near the central coast of California, Santa Maria is the most populous city in the county, with a population of 107,263 in 2019. It is famed for both its barbeque and its wine. But like any city in the United States today, people here are vulnerable to addictions to opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. For these locals, a methadone clinic Santa Maria is needed to turn their lives around. At these clinics, patients will receive methadone, which relieves physical drug cravings, normalizes brain chemistry and body functions that would be disrupted by plummeting dopamine levels, and blocks the intoxicating effects of opioid drugs as well as alcohol. Methadone should be combined with counseling and behavioral therapy for a comprehensive approach to recovery called MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment. All methadone clinics in California are required to be staffed by medical professionals and to follow national guidelines set down by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to SAMHSA, the goal of MAT is a full recovery, which includes being able to lead a self-directed life.