Birmingham Methadone Treatment

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This city has several area methadone clinics providing methadone replacement therapy and structured counseling. Available via local physicians is suboxone (with buprenorphine) which provides relief from opiate withdrawal symptoms for a significant number of people. Below are links to more info on methadone program effectiveness, opioid dependency, addiction & recovery counseling, and job openings in methadone clinics.





Birmingham Methadone Clinics
Birmingham Metro Treatment Center 151 Industrial Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211
(205) 941-1799
Tri County Treatment Center 1101 East Park Drive
Birmingham, AL 35235
(205) 836-3345

 

Birmingham Buprenorphine Providers
Patience Hodges Claybon, M.D. 1716 14th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 933-6151
Norman Dee Huggins, M.D. UABMC 401 Beacon Pwky West
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 917-3786
Lyman W. Fritz, M.D. 3401 Independence Drive
Suite 241
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 877-8585
William J. Lupinacci, M.D. 880 Montclair Road
Suite 570
Birmingham, AL 35213
(205) 591-7246
Robert Ty Thomas, M.D. 860 Montclair Road
Suite 251
Birmingham, AL 35213
(205) 332-3155
Rodolfo M. Veluz, M.D. 840 Montclair Road
Suite 606
Birmingham, AL 35213
(205) 599-2460
Christopher Rucker Hill, M.D. 880 Montclair Road
Suite 570
Birmingham, AL 35213
(205) 591-7246
Stephanie Marie Hightower, M.D. 1160 Huffman Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
(205) 815-5000
Timothy Alwyn Gooden, M.D. 1160 Huffman Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
(205) 815-5000
Duane W. King, M.D. 1160 Huffman Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
(205) 815-5000
Howard M. Strickler, M.D. 1160 Huffman Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
(205) 815-5000
James G. Sullivan, M.D. 1160 Huffman Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
(205) 815-5000
James Davis Blake 1575 Montgomery Highway
Birmingham, AL 35216
(205) 979-3381
Drake Brendan Williams, M.D. 3333 South Brookwood Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
(251) 654-1348
Jack W. Murbach, M.D. 16 Office Park Circle
Suite 13
Birmingham, AL 35223
(205) 871-7166
Mohammad Aminul Islam, M.D. 840 Mountain Branch Drive
Birmingham, AL 35226
(205) 996-5086
Chauncey Benedict Thuss, Jr., M.D. 2124 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 945-8185
Robert Henry Carlson III 2729 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 731-9090
Robert E. Ray, M.D. 2124 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 731-9090
Elizabeth Campbell Korcz, M.D. 3421 S. Shades Crest Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35244
(205) 733-6676
Chenyin Yang, M.D. 700 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-8101
Ronald Moon, Jr., D.O. 820 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 327-5030
Seth Wilson Poole, M .D. 2124 4th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 731-9090
Tom Welch, M.D. 1101 East Park Drive
Birmingham, AL 35235
(205) 836-3345
Steven Bruce Hefter, M.D. 5510 Highway 280
Suite 117
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 991-3200
Thomas George Harrell, M.D. 311 Carnoustie Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 877-8585
Victor Estrada Mendoza, M.D. 5130 Cyrus Circle
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 981-0414
Jerry B. Hankins, M.D. Narrows Health And Wellness, Llc
151 Narrows Parkway, Unit 110
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 444-9550
Morris Wayne Cochran, M.D. Narrows Health and Wellness
151 Narrows Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 444-9550
Stephen M. Taylor, M.D., M.P.H. 3500 Blue Lake Drive
Suite 260
Birmingham, AL 35243-1903
(205) 968-6552


Suboxone Facilitates Safety and Recovery

suboxone-doctorSuboxone is a leading medication in the treatment of opioid dependence and has been available since 2002 when the FDA approved Subutex (buprenorphine hydrochloride) and Suboxone tablets (buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride).

Suboxone tablets have since been replaced by the thin sublingual suboxone film that is also dissolved under the tongue. While methadone has been highly successful for several decades, suboxone has expanded the range of options for those suffering with opioid withdrawal.

Fighting off opioid withdrawal is at the core of opioid addiction and is chiefly responsible for the stress that addicted individuals feel as they try to function normally each day. Suboxone not only helps patients eliminate opioid withdrawal sickness and associated cravings, but it also brings the opportunity to function again as an employee, a parent, or a spouse.

Many patients report not only feeling relief from the welcomed absence of withdrawal sickness, but recapturing the focus necessary to make strides in other important areas of their … Read more

Methadone Maintenance For Opioid Treatment

methadone-and-opioid-treatmentOpioid Treatment is a category that includes several different interventions or approaches relating to opioid use disorders. People sometimes mistake opioid treatment for “opioid detox” when they are technically two different processes.

Opioid detox refers to the process of helping an opioid addicted individual discontinue their use of opioids and be medically monitored as the body withdraws from them. In a supervised setting, a person is typically assisted through a short-term opioid detox (3-10 days) by the administration of various medications used to manage withdrawal symptoms like clonidine (to guard against high blood pressure), vistaril (to reduce nausea and anxiety), and even buprenorphine (to minimize the severity of the opioid withdrawal process).

There are also variations on an opioid detox referred to as a taper. A taper often occurs on an outpatient basis and involves a more gradual reduction in dosage of either methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) over time. This taper may take as long as 90 days and … Read more

Pregnancy and Opioid Treatment

pregnancyWhen a woman is pregnant and addicted to opioids, she faces extraordinary stress and very often a wave of judgment from those around her that is emotionally painful and difficult to deal with. The criticism of others is understandable since no one wants to see an unborn baby placed at risk through the mother’s drug use. But this cauldron of angry emotion and public condemnation often overwhelms a pregnant mother, who may already feel guilty, and it pushes her further into isolation and inaction. This isolation only places the mother and unborn baby at greater risk of overdose and possible miscarriage.

Fact: It has been thoroughly researched and the findings conclusive that pregnant opioid-addicted women have a much better chance of carrying their baby to term and having a healthy baby when the mother is receiving medication-assisted treatment. Every day, addicted mothers receiving methadone or buprenorphine give birth to healthy babies that thrive and develop normally.

Methadone and buprenorphine … Read more

BHG Offering Methadone and Suboxone in Memphis

bhg-logoTennessee is a leading state in the incidence of opioid addiction and opioid overdose. This is most likely a direct result of Tennessee being ranked one of the country’s leading states for the prescription of opioids as well as benzodiazepines like xanax and klonopin.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report that 46 people die every day in the United States from overdose on prescription painkillers. They also have documented that 259 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2012 alone by U.S. healthcare providers. This stunning proliferation of opioids has sparked national concerns about opioid addiction and why painkillers have been made so readily available.

In Tennessee, Behavioral Health Group (BHG) have responded to the crisis by providing opioid treatment in a variety of Tennessee cities. They currently operate three clinics in Memphis: Memphis North, Memphis Mid-Town, and Memphis South Treatment Centers under the BHG banner.

BHG also have clinics in Knoxville, NashvilleRead more

Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdose and Saves Lives

naloxone-kitMore communities across the U.S. are facing the devastation of opioid overdose. The impact on families is profound as they often struggle with questions of “Could we have done more?” and ponder what else must be done to address this growing national epidemic.

Highlighted in the news this week was the heroin overdose death of a Louisville cheerleader and the suspected opioid overdose death of a 27 year old man in North Carolina found slumped behind the wheel of his pick-up truck with an empty bottle of painkillers and a spoon beside him.

Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist and consequently knocks opiates off of the body’s opioid receptor sites thus reversing central nervous system and respiratory depression which are the most dangerous consequences of opioid overdose. In many cases, naloxone quickly restores breathing and allows overdose victims to regain consciousness in a relatively short period of time. Naloxone … Read more

Canadian Press Publishes Article on Benefits of Methadone

canadian-methadone-clinicsFurther validating the merits of opioid treatment using methadone is a recent article by The Canadian Press outlining the findings of Canada’s Medical Health Officer in British Columbia, Dr. Perry Kendall.

Dr. Kendall’s report documents that individuals in opioid substitution therapy are twice as likely to survive compared to those who obtain opioids illegally on the street. Those in opioid addiction therapy were also found to be much more cost effective to society (about $4200 per year for treatment) compared to those with untreated addictions whose costs are estimated to be $45,000 per year collectively in health complications, law enforcement involvement, and other social problems such as loss of income.

The province of British Columbia is currently treating over 15,000 residents for opioid addiction. Their health minister, Terry Lake, is quoted as saying that he was encouraged by the findings in the report and that he knows opioid substitution therapy is not only saving lives, but equates to significant savings … Read more