Alaska Methadone Clinics



Alaska Methadone Clinics
Narcotic Drug Treatment Center, Inc. 520 East Fourth Ave., Suite 102 Anchorage (907) 276-6430
WCHS, Inc., dba: Anchorage Treatment Solutions 121 W. Fireweed Lane, Ste 105 Anchorage (844) 490-6533
Project Special Delivery 710 Third Ave. Fairbanks (907) 452-4222
Zipperer Medical Group 300 West Swanson Avenue Wasilla (907) 376-5228
 

Alaska has its methadone clinics and (buprenorphine) suboxone doctors concentrated mostly in and around its metropolitan urban centers. With the recent rise in opioid addiction problems across the United States, more medical providers are preparing themselves to assist people suffering with moderate to severe opioid dependency. While some individuals are able to detox successfully from opioids under supervised care, many discover that medication-assisted treatment is necessary to help them either avoid painful opioid withdrawal or to facilitate their journey into long term recovery. Methadone and (buprenorphine) suboxone are the two most popular & effective medication-assisted therapies available for opiate addicted persons. Both medications are FDA-approved, SAMHSA endorsed, and have been successfully utilized in treating opioid addiction for more than a decade. With methadone in particular, its success profile dates back to over 40 years in the United States.



Opioid Treatment Program Rules

Methadone programs and doctors who prescribe buprenorphine serve a very important function in helping the country cope with the opioid crisis. They are also a life-saving link for patients who have suffered for years with an overwhelming addiction.

Operating a methadone clinic or buprenorphine/suboxone practice is typically a complex endeavor. Clinics that offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) must comply with a myriad of mandates and policy requirements from the DEA, the local State Methadone Authority, accreditation organizations like CARF and JCAH, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration}, and 3rd party payers who help fund treatment services.

Patients understand that a well-run treatment clinic offers many benefits. Quality services are only delivered when there is an organizational commitment to helping people while also being able to meet all of the operational requirements such as timely documentation of services (paperwork) and appropriate support of staff & counselors,

Sometimes patients will complain about “so many clinic rules” although many patients appreciate their clinic’s dedication to professionalism and its ability to meet the standards of good quality care. Within most treatment facilities are several key staff who oversee its daily operation and the provision of services. These are the Clinical Director, the Medical Director or primary prescribing physician, the Nurse Supervisor, and possibly clinical staff Team Leaders who do the work of coordinating the clinics many daily activities.

While the list of clinic rules can seem long, there is nearly always an important underlying reason for that rule to exist. Most methadone clinics distribute a Handbook for clients that outlines their rights as an opioid treatment patient as well as guidelines for obtaining dosage adjustments and progressing successfully through treatment.

Opioid treatment, and medication-assistance in particular, must be carefully monitored. This is to insure patient safety and to minimize the risk of medication errors. Please support your local methadone or suboxone clinic with words of encouragement and positive feedback when it is earned. Conversely, it is important to speak up as well if serious problems are occurring. Always make an effort to communicate first with the clinic’s clinical and administrative staff if experiencing a problem. If an honest effort to resolve an issue in this manner is not productive, then contacting one’s local State Methadone Authority is sometimes a logical next step for addressing an important concern.

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Ohio Town Hall on Opioid Addiction

Several organizations in Ohio recently hosted a town hall discussion on the opioid crisis still occurring there and across the country. News commentator, Eric Bolling, was a moderator of the event which was held at Cedarville University.

Eric and his wife, Adrienne, lost their 19 year old son in 2017 due to an accidental overdose with the powerful opioid, fentanyl.

This town hall discussion was designed to continue raising public awareness on the danger of opioid misuse and the continuing need for treatment and recovery support services to help families deal with this perpetual problem.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that there were 70,237 drug overdoses in 2017 with 47,600 involving opioids specifically. The article linked above states that the state of Ohio ranked 2nd in overdose deaths only behind West Virginia.

There is promising news in that more Americans are now being educated on opioid risks, and consequently are taking better precautions as well as actively accessing methadone & suboxone programs offering helpful medication-assistance and behavioral counseling. Saving lives and offering recovery are messages that are being heard.

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Youth and Opioid Addiction

In past decades, opioid addiction was skewed more heavily toward an older generation of adults. But today we have larger numbers of youth using opioids and experiencing addiction-related problems at earlier ages. Importantly, research has demonstrated conclusively that those who remain engaged in treatment for six months or more are much more likely to stabilize and to enjoy sustained success with recovery.

A recent Reuters Health article highlights the fact that many opioid-addicted youth are either not yet engaging in treatment or are exiting treatment too early. While more youth are being saved through the overdose reversal drug naloxone, a majority of addicted youth are still not receiving medicated-assisted treatments such as buprenorphine or methadone.

More work is necessary to open up treatment avenues for young adults across America, and to both educate & compel youth to seek MAT (medication-assisted treatment) as soon as possible.

The opioid addiction problem in America will not soon disappear. Drugs continue to find their way across the U.S. border through multiple avenues. Positive efforts are indeed bringing needed change, but the complexity and extent of opioid addiction in the U.S. will require a long-term, sustained commitment throughout the country. We must get the message out – especially to young people who may not fully grasp the power of addiction!

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Opioid Use Disorder A Modern Reality

Opioid Use Disorder is the newer clinical terminology (from the DSM5) used to describe the full range of opioid problems ranging from mild opioid-related use issues to severe opioid addiction.

The CDC reports that in 2017 there were 72,287 deaths from overdose in the United States. That is certainly an alarming statistic. Of that number, 49,060 of those deaths were from opioids specifically – just in 2017. By contrast, there were 58,200 U.S. fatalities that resulted from the entire Vietnam war.

The good news is that government funding for opioid treatment is finally entering the stream on a local level. Increasing numbers of methadone clinics and physicians authorized to prescribe buprenorphine are moving into America’s more rural areas, ones that have historically been severely underserved.

As treatment for Opioid Use Disorder becomes more readily available, people struggling under the constant pressure of addiction will have an opportunity to apply the brake, and to veer onto a new path of stability and recovery. That being said, it is estimated that presently only 1 person of 10 with an opioid use disorder has sought treatment. For many opioid addicted people, treatment made the difference between life and death.

Choose a new path is more than words for those that have truly done so. Addiction is a highly persistent disease, but change is possible. Commitment and action are the necessary ingredients in opening the door to a new life. Opioid Use Disorder, in particular, is successfully treated with medication assistance. Science, research, and life experience have fortunately reinforced this fact with perfect clarity. Please find a local treatment provider today!

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ADAPT Pharma Provides Free Narcan to Colleges

A Presidential briefing on March 19, 2018 in Manchester, NH was used to announce that ADAPT Pharma has volunteered to provide, for free, the life-saving medication NARCAN® to all U.S. high schools, colleges and universities.

NARCAN® is a name brand overdose antidote (based on naloxone) that restores breathing and consciousness in opioid overdose victims typically within five minutes.

ADAPT Pharma offers a 40% discount off wholesale pricing on the Narcan nasal spray to Law Enforcement agencies and Firefighters as well as non-profit community based organizations.

Seamus Mulligan, CEO of ADAPT, commented in a company press release that ADAPT is committed to raising awareness of opioid overdose risks and distributing NARCAN® widely so that it will be available to bystanders and emergency personnel who can offer immediate help in the event of a crisis.

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David Allen Brauner, D.O. 121 West Fireweed Lane
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 865-9653
Joseph V. Pace, Jr., M.D. 1201 North Muldoon Drive
Anchorage, AK 99504
(907) 257-4841
Michel Gevaert, M.D. 3801 University Lake Drive
Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 563-8876
Saughar Samali, D.O. 4320 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 129-3348
Melissa Grace Shein, M.D. 4320 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-8993
Tamara E. Pickett, M.D. 4320 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-4391
Mark Thomas Erickson, M.D. Southcentral Foundation
4201 Tudor Center Drive, Suite 315
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-6378
David Martin James, M.D. 4320 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-0330×0
Derek Andrew Hagen, D.O. 4100 Lake Otis Parkway
Suite 216
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 563-2873
Paula J. Colescott, M.D. Providence Breakthrough
3760 Piper Street, Suite 1108
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 212-6970
Martha Jane Moore, M.D. 3820 Lake Otis Parkway
Suite 108
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 644-6268
Alfred Roland Lonser, M.D. AA Pain
4100 Lake Otis Parkway, Suite 216
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 563-2873
Frederick William Houts, M.D. Alaska Psychiatric Institute
3700 Piper St.
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 269-7150
Lucy Ljubicich Curtiss, M.D. VA
2925 DeBarr Road
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 257-4854
Aryeh Leib Levenson, M.D. South Central Foundation
4501 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-2500
Kerry Jae Ozer, M.D. Alaska Native Medical Center
4320 Diplomacy Drive – MH
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-2500
Steven Johnson, M.D. 4100 Lake Otis Parkway
Unit #216
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 563-2873
Alex C. Orten, M.D. 4320 Diplomacy Drive
Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 729-2500
Timothy D. Coalwell, M.D. Medical Park Family Care
2211 East Northern Lights Boulveard
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 279-8486
Darren Blaine Lewis, M.D. 2211 East Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 279-8486
Charles Michael Herndon, M.D., M.A. Providence Breakthrough
3760 Piper Street, Suite 1108
Anchorage, AK 99508-4683
(907) 212-6970
Daniel A. Smith, M.D. YKHC, 580 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway
P.O. Box 287
Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-6454
Kimberly B. Whitaker, M.D. 580 Cheif Eddie Hoffman Highway
Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-6300
Heath Bartom McAnally, M.D. 12103 Horseshoe Drive
Eagle River, AK 99577
(907) 622-7246
Christine Leigh Goddard, M.D. 16600 Centerfield Drive
Suite 203
Eagle River, AK 99577
(907) 694-5550
Edward William Zeff, M.D. Discovery Cove Wellness and Recovery Ctr
16600 Centerfield Drive, Suite 205
Eagle River, AK 99577
(907) 694-5550
Milton J. Wright, D.O. 1001 Noble Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 459-3500
Samantha Lynn Brandon, M.D. 1060 Gaffney Road
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
(907) 361-5919
Mitchell Croft Marzo, M.D. Attn: Internal Medicine Clinic
1060 Gaffney Road
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703-7400
(907) 361-5858
Patrick D. Brady, M.D. 4201 Bartlett Street
Suite 202
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 399-3204
Aric Brian Ludwig, M.D. Bartlett Regional Hospital
3260 Hospital Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 796-8427
Lindy M. Jones, M.D. 1801 Salmon Creek Lane
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-2434
Paul Jiri Topol, M.D. 2 Marine Way
Suite 204
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 209-8962
Michael Edward Merrick, M.D. 416 Frontage Road
Suite 400
Kenai, AK 99611
(907) 283-5487
Wynelle Snow, M.D. 21 Jefferson Way
Suite 201 A
Ketchikan, AK 99901
(907) 220-9948
Edward William Zeff, M.D. Discovery Cove Wellness and Recovery Ctr
2975 Mill Bay Road, Suite B
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 654-7719
Karen O'Neill, M.D. Norton Sound Regional Hospital
P.O. Box 966
Nome, AK 99762
(907) 443-3311
Julius Pepper Goslin, D.O. Norton Sound Healh Corporation
PO BOX 966, 306 West 5th Avenue
Nome, AK 99762-0966
(907) 443-3311
Jeffrey James Copeland, M.D. 2250 Woodworth Loop
Suite 1100
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 761-5900
Kristofor Austin Sargent, M.D. Petersburg Medical Center
103 Fram Street
Petersburg, AK 99833
(907) 772-4299
Jennifer E. Hyer, M.D. Petersburg Medical Center
103 Fram Street, P.O. Box 589
Petersburg, AK 99833
(907) 772-4299
Alice Lynn Hulebak, M.D. 103 Fram Street
Petersburg, AK 99833
(907) 772-4299
Brian Abbott, D.O. P.O. Box 365
Seward, AK 99664
(907) 224-8060
Robert Carl Hunter, Jr., M.D. 700 Katlian Street
Suite E
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-5861
Graham Timothy Chelius 700 Katlian Street
Suite E
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-5861
John Nels Anderson, M.D. 265 Binkley
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 262-4161
Joan Blum Friderici, M.D. Sunshine Community Health Center
HC 89 Box 8190
Talkeetna, AK 99676
(907) 733-2273
Maria Lindsey Freeman, M.D. 300 West Swanson Avenue
Wasilla, AK 99654
(907) 376-5228
John Douglas Zipperer, Jr., M.D. 300 West Swanson Avenue
Wasilla, AK 99654
(907) 376-5228
Greg Salard, M.D. Tideline Clinic
P.O. Box 1231, 320 Bennett Street
Wrangell, AK 99929
(907) 874-4700