Category Archives: Methadone Treatment

Joining the Methadone.US Online Database

methadone-graphicGreetings and happy 2013 to our site’s visitors, U.S. methadone clinics, suboxone physicians, and addiction treatment providers across the country! Methadone.US was successfully launched in 2011 and quickly developed surprising traffic to our website as many hundreds of individuals searched online daily for local opioid treatment services and discovered Methadone.US.

Our goal was to humanize opioid addiction treatment and to help educate the public on the value of methadone and suboxone, and to further legitimize opioid replacement therapy. This goal is being achieved every day as evidenced by our hundreds of thousands of visitors, numerous emailed comments & stories, and people taking our online opioid addiction assessment.

Methadone.US features individual pages for cities across the United States, and we are now providing a showcase featured spot at the top of every city page for local methadone clinics & suboxone doctors to list their services. If you are a treatment professional looking to reach and serve clients, then feel free to join Methadone.US and have your clinic or practice clearly profiled at the top of your city page. As an example, you can view two of our new additions here: Matrix Center in Wichita, KS and American Treatment Center in Newport News, VA.

Opioid addiction treatment is going mainstream. This is a good thing because it simply helps those suffering with addiction find the help that they need, and to begin the process of recapturing their quality of life. As Methadone.US enters its third year, we would like to thank all those who believe that addiction recovery is possible, and that methadone & suboxone are beneficial tools in that process.

Many people in our society, from all walks of life, are struggling today with a debilitating opioid addiction. They deserve help. They are ready for change and they need only to connect locally with good treatment services. Fortunately, the internet is making that connection more possible with every passing day. Thank you for visiting, and for supporting, Methadone.US in reaching that worthwhile goal.

Suboxone Doctors

suboxone-doctorsMethadone.US has successfully educated and enlightened many thousands of online visitors over the last two years. Our goal has been to demystify & destigmatize opioid replacement therapy, and to highlight how methadone, suboxone, and other treatment interventions can give patients a new lease on life.

It is important to emphasize that methadone and suboxone are medically-approved treatments in wide use across the United States and the world. In the US, these medications are prescribed and administered under the supervision of a physician. A physician is at the core of every methadone clinic, and it is the physician who is authorized to prescribe suboxone for opioid addicted patients needing relief and hope.

On our city pages, Methadone.US lists local physicians who are certified to write prescriptions for buprenorphine (suboxone). Our lists are drawn from the United States government database at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Our city pages are fairly extensive and cover most of the continental United States. However, suboxone and methadone treatment have become so popular that even smaller towns now often have medical professionals providing some form of opioid addiction treatment.

Suboxone doctors and opioid treatment specialists are very much needed in response to the country’s growing opioid addiction problem. Suboxone doctors are in a unique position to not only offer much desired relief from opioid withdrawal, but they can also promote with patients the importance of committing themselves to a process of counseling, recovery, and long-term behavior change such that ongoing drug abstinence becomes possible.

Many suboxone-certified physicians are also board certified addictionologists. This means that they have received special training in identifying & treating addiction disorders of all varieties.

If living in the New York metropolitan area, you can obtain more information about local suboxone doctors at:

For those in the Los Angeles metro area, visit:

Balancing Methadone Client Rights With Accountability

methadone-clinic-13Methadone “take home” medication (also referred to as “take outs”) is a true convenience for those enrolled in a methadone clinic. Typically, clients who demonstrate that they are drug free and progressing in their substance abuse treatment can earn the privilege to receive take home medication.

Receiving take home methadone requires that the prescribing physician (and clinic) have safety and accountability measures in place to help reduce the chance of methadone or suboxone getting into the wrong hands. When clients take medication home, it is critical that the opioid replacement medication be kept secure and out of the reach of children. Overdoses can occur with individuals that have no developed tolerance to opioid replacement medication.

Receiving take home methadone is a privilege, not a “right”. This decision to award take home medication is usually a collective decision made among the clinical and medical staff in a treatment program. They base a client’s readiness to receive take home medication on that person’s level of recovery stability, absence of active psychiatric symptoms, and the safety & security of their immediate home environment.

Methadone and suboxone have considerable “street value” and can be resold or misdirected. Therefore, clinic staff want to be as assured as possible that any particular client receiving methadone is sincere, stable, and appropriately focused on his or her own recovery.

Methadone and suboxone patient rights are of course always very important. Clinics and physicians sometimes walk a fine line between accommodating the patient and requiring accountability measures that are perceived by the patient as a hassle. For example, methadone clinics are required to perform random “call backs” in which a client is contacted and required to bring their methadone medication back to the clinic within 24 hours for a recount. This helps the clinic insure that the patient is not over-taking their medication or misdirecting (selling) their medication. While not a guarantee of good behavior, it does encourage patients to treat their take home medication responsibly and with substantial care.

Another safety measure is random urinalysis. It is not safe for patients to receive take home medication if they are using other unapproved drugs. If a random drug test shows the recent use of illicit substances, then this requires the clinic to suspend take home privileges for some period of time, at least until it can be established that the patient is back on track and testing drug free again.

If a patient feels that their rights have been unfairly compromised, then they have access to the clinic’s internal review process and/or the state’s methadone board who hear and investigate client grievances. In the end, the patient and the methadone clinic should be in a cooperative partnership. This is the working ideal in any health care relationship one has with their treating physician. Clinics exist to treat and serve patients, and opioid addicted patients need the services of opioid treatment providers. This relationship is extremely valuable and should be nurtured by both parties both at initial intake and ongoing for the duration of the treatment process.

Anti-Methadone Sentiment Not Rooted in Reality

methadone52In browsing articles on current methadone treatment, I came across a brief one in the United Kingdom’s Daily Record specifically from the Scottish news section. The article contained a number of derogatory quotes (in regard to methadone) from Scotland’s Maxie Richards. Ms. Richards runs a foundation for addicted people in recovery.

One quote from Ms. Richards pertaining to methadone included: “To me it represents a hopeless road, a road to nowhere.” Another comment was “I think it is such a waste to let young people spend years on methadone because we don’t think there’s any hope for them.” Ms. Richards is openly critical of the government’s support of methadone treatment programs.

Her words “a hopeless road” are not a fitting description of the life enhancing benefits of methadone in treating addiction. To the contrary, methadone is often the single most beneficial intervention for someone struggling with opioid addiction. In my experience, any addiction professional who is categorically against methadone is revealing a lack of education on evidence-based treatments, and is merely expressing an unsubstantiated personal bias that is easily refuted.

Today, a former client made a surprise visit to our clinic. She had been in methadone treatment with our agency for a little over 4 years and had come off of methadone one year ago. Today, standing in our lobby, she was full of life, smiling, and enthusiastically talking about how well things were going in her life. She said that methadone had been instrumental in saving her life. Since leaving treatment, she had remained completely drug free, was full-time employed, enjoying positive relationships with her family. And she looked wonderful, very healthy, and had a beautiful complexion.

Was her methadone treatment a “hopeless road’? Absolutely not! She, and we, knew that it was a bridge to a better life. She had originally arrived at our clinic beat down, lost in addiction, hopeless, and desperate for an answer after having tried everything she knew of to get clean and sober. Choosing methadone and counseling worked for her. I wonder what Ms. Richards might think if she had the chance to see and to speak with our former client today? Results speak for themselves. Methadone programs save lives and provide a deeply desired new opportunity. True, not all methadone programs are the same. Some are better than others.

Hope … is what many addicted people find when they begin dosing with methadone. Relief … from painful opioid withdrawal symptoms is what they feel. Gratitude … is what they express for a new start in life. And eventually happiness. Which is what our former client had come to share with us on this day.

Doctors and Methadone

factsHow doctors view methadone is becoming a hot topic. A friend recently informed me that the TV celebrity doctor, commonly known as Dr. Drew, was against methadone and had publicly made negative comments about the medication. I was disappointed to learn of this because Dr. Drew has a fairly large national audience who follow his opinion on medical matters. I then noticed that Dr. Jana Burson (a well-educated and experienced opioid addiction professional) had written on this topic, and herself questioned why Dr. Drew had made derogatory comments in regard to methadone. Dr. Burson knows firsthand how incredibly beneficial methadone is to those suffering with chronic opioid dependency. If a physician deserves a national audience & voice on this topic, it is Dr. Jana Burson, not Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Physicians typically seem to fall into one of two camps: either those who are educated on addiction and modern addiction treatment approaches, or those who are not. This may seem like a simplistic analysis, but is surprisingly accurate. Sadly, in my experience, physician critics of opioid replacement therapies often jump to conclusions that stem from personal bias or opinion based on very limited exposure to methadone and its benefit to the recovering community. Methadone is not “alternative medicine”, or some unproven sideline drug that one must obtain via the black market in a third world country.

Methadone is the leading medically-approved pharmaceutical treatment intervention for opioid addiction in the United States. There is no medical “speculation” on methadone’s success in the treatment of opioid addiction. It is a proven method of saving lives and restoring quality of life for a large subset of those who are addicted to opioids. These are not hyped opinions, but are medical facts that are beyond dispute. That any “physician” would reject methadone as a legitimate treatment for opioid addiction … is professionally irresponsible, and suggestive of medical incompetence in the area of treating drug addiction.

Methadone has been in widespread use in America for over 40 years. The number of addicted individuals whose lives have been saved and/or improved (through the medically supervised use of methadone) is well documented. SAMHSA (the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) publish evidenced-based Treatment Intervention Protocols (known as TIPS manuals) that are available to treatment centers all across America. They have several such manuals, published and widely distributed, that are specifically dedicated to treating opioid addiction with methadone and buprenorphine (suboxone). SAMHSA also maintain a U.S. government website listing all of the methadone clinics in the USA and U.S. physicians approved to dispense buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction. Why do they list these? So that suffering people can find help for their addictive disorder.

Perhaps Dr. Drew should interview actual patients in methadone treatment programs. Then interview the staff of professionals (including dedicated, knowledgeable physicians) that work in these facilities. Then interview the families of methadone patients that regained their sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers. Then read the evidenced-based literature & research available (through SAMHSA) on the beneficial use of methadone in treating opioid addiction.

That might require Dr. Drew to walk off of the TV production set, out of the celebrity limelight … and into the everyday real world. It’s a place where people like Dr. Jana Burson work for many years, with thousands of opioid addicted people, using medical interventions that are proven and effective. Dr. Drew would do well to have a sit down conversation with professionals like Dr. Jana Burson. This might allow him to replace negative personal bias … with medical fact. Only then, would he be equipped to speak to the public about methadone and opioid addiction. Until then, he is just part of the TV & celebrity noise … where drama, ratings and sensationalism … are cherished over the truth.