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.



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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What Is Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an opioid treatment medication that works very differently than either methadone or buprenorphine.

Naltrexone functions as an opioid blocker that interferes with the euphoric effects of opiates. Unlike methadone, naltrexone does not eliminate opioid withdrawal. So it is typically only begun following a successful period of opioid detoxification.

Naltrexone is taken as a pill or as a time-released injectable. It blocks the feeling of getting high thus deterring a person from continuing in active drug use with opioids. If there’s no pay off for using, why do it?

Some individuals who don’t necessarily require methadone or buprenorphine can effectively utilize naltrexone as a component of their recovery program. Vivitrol is the time-released, branded version of naltrexone that is taken once monthly as an injection. With Vivitrol, the naltrexone remains active in the bloodstream for 30 days and blocks the effects of heroin or other opiate use. This reinforces one’s focus on recovery choices and can reduce opioid cravings.

Patients receiving naltrexone may develop a lowered tolerance to opioids over time, and should remain aware of the risk of opioid overdose should they relapse. The medication is also used in the treatment of alcohol dependency and has been shown to reduce the euphoric effects of alcohol consumption.

Naltrexone is not to be confused with Naloxone. Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal medication that has recently been in the news for saving thousands of lives across the country.

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Billions To Be Allocated In Fight Against Opioid Crisis

The national budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year includes a request for $13 billion in funding for opioid treatment and related services. This linked Newsweek article states that $3 billion would be allocated in 2018 and another $10 billion in 2019.

Many opioid treatment programs across the country are currently able to add patient slots when additional funding is made available. The opioid crisis has flooded many clinics that are already at maximum census due to limited State and Medicaid funding.

A number of private pay clinics have opened in recent years as the need for medication-assisted treatment increased. If a substantial allocation of government funds becomes available, opioid treatment services will finally come into sharp national focus as scores of people finally obtain the help they need to stabilize and to recover.

In treating opioid addiction, research has shown that traditional abstinence-based programs which do not utilize medication assistance have a failure rate of 90%. Medication-assistance is a critical factor in helping opioid addicted people move into sustained recovery. The proposed $13 billion earmarked for opioid treatment services can make a huge difference all across the U.S. Methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) coupled with counseling and drug testing comprise the gold standard of care in treating opioid addiction.

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Opioid Treatment Making A Difference

There is a great article in the Bismarck Tribune about the expansion of methadone services in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo, like most other areas of the country, was impacted in recent years by numerous opioid-related overdose deaths.

The article reports that Cass County had 31 overdose deaths in 2016, but that number was reduced to 15 in 2017, due in part to the increased availability of naloxone (the medication that reverses opioid overdose).

While local ambulance calls have decreased in relation to opioid overdoses, the problem of opioid addiction remains a widespread and primary concern in the community.

The Tribune story reveals that more local residents are now enrolled in opioid treatment and are receiving the life-saving medication, methadone. Treatment that combines medication-assistance and counseling is the industry standard in quality care for those addicted to opioids.

The new Fargo-based clinic is reported to have 164 active patients currently enrolled in the methadone program. The clinic director, Mark Schaefer, is quoted as saying that while enrollment has been rapid, there remain many people in the local area with untreated opioid addiction.

The availability of treatment is making a difference. And medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone are providing a much needed solution to America’s opioid crisis.

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Shifting Tide Favors Medication in Opioid Treatment

The nation’s opioid epidemic has reached fever pitch and is now being spotlighted by all levels of local and national media. This is obviously good news.

At the center of this discussion is what can be done to reduce opioid fatalities, and to provide addicted people a real opportunity to regain control over their lives. This discussion inevitably leads to examining the benefit of medication-assisted treatment.

Methadone and buprenorphine are the two leading alternatives for helping patients deal with the perpetual withdrawal sickness that comes from a physiological dependency on opioids. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose.

In recent congressional testimony to members of Congress, Scott Gottlieb (Commissioner of the FDA) specifically heralded the life-saving benefits of methadone and similar medications.

His testimony included comments on the wealth of information behind the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment. It is vitally important that legislative decision-makers obtain a clear understanding about what works and what does not in regard to coping successfully with this opioid crisis.

Time is of the essence because the present overdose fatality rate in the United States is over 64,000 per year. This number is beyond alarming. Here is an article that points to a possible positive shift in communities’ openness to having local opioid treatment nearby. Hopefully, this becomes a trend.

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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