Boston Methadone Treatment

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There are a considerable number of methadone clinics in Boston as well as suboxone-approved physicians able to write prescriptions for suboxone. Suboxone (containing the buprenorphine additive) provides significant relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms for a majority of people addicted to opioids. Whether methadone or suboxone are utilized is a decision typically determined by medical staff and the patient based on their presenting history of drug use and past treatment efforts. Located below are several links to additional information on methadone benefits vs. risks, opioid addiction, recovery counseling, and present job openings in methadone clinics throughout the U.S.





Boston Methadone Clinics
Bay Cove Human Services
Methadone Services
66 Canal Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 371-3030
Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr
Drug Dependency Treatment Center/Outpt
251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 248-1010
Boston Public Health Commission
Narcotic Addiction Clinic Meth Servs
300 Frontage Road
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 534-2490
Habit OPCO 99 Topeka Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 442-1499
Community Substance Abuse Centers 175 Crescent Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 889-8779
North Charles Institute
For the Addictions
260 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 661-5700
IMPACT 260 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 661-0405
Addiction Treatment Center of
New England
77 Warren Street
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 254-1271×124
Roxbury Comp Comm Health Center Inc
Methadone Services
170 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 541-3670×221
Bay Cove Human Services
Bridge to Recovery Detoxification
Long Island Health Campus, Administration Building
North Quincy, MA 02171
(617) 471-9600×2427

 

Boston Buprenorphine Treatment
Curtis Wittmann, M.D. WACC 812
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 724-6300
Katherine Knutson, M.D. MOH Department of Psychiatry
WACC 812, 15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 724-6300×134
Carlos Manuel Suarez, M.D. 16 Blossom Street
R101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 724-4905
Duy Pham, M.D. 251 Causeway Street
Suite 245
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 248-1016
Lily A. Awad, M.D. VAOPC 251 Causeway Street
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 248-1054
Karsten D. Kueppenbender, M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital
West End House
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-2712
Edward Wright Boyer, M.D. CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 355-6000
John R. Knight, M.D. Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 355-2727
Michael William Marcus, M.D. 82 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02116
(781) 721-2737
Joseph Yeretsian, M.D. 20 Park Plaza
Fourth Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 507-1472
Alireza Toossi, M.D. 425 Boylston Street
Suite 310
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 848-3948
Snezana Milanovic, M.D. 20 Park Plaza
Suite 442
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 948-2110
Massachusetts General Hospital
Addiction Services
16 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-2712
Children's Hospital Pediatric Assoc
Adolescent SA Program
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 355-5433
Intake:
(617) 355-2727
CAB Boston Treatment Center 784 Rear Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 247-1001
Intake:
(800) 763-5363
Habit Management 99 Topeka Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 442-1499
Intake:
(617) 442-1499
Substance Abuse Treatment Program
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 232-9500×232


Reducing Risk of IV-Related Infections

drug-safetyOne of the risks associated with the progression of opioid addiction is the increased probability of an addicted person moving to injectable heroin as a last resort in dealing with opioid withdrawal. In the early years of methadone’s adoption in treatment centers, it was used primarily to help heroin addicted individuals detox from heroin and eventually remain heroin free.

While heroin is definitely resurfacing, the opioid epidemic of recent years has primarily been about prescription opioids taken orally. Following this pattern of use, users eventually discover that crushing and snorting pills is a more efficient means of getting an opioid into their system. Injecting is typically the last step in this progression of the disease of addiction.

But with injection comes a variety of new risks and health problems such as skin abscesses, localized infection at the site of injection, as well as hepatitis C (a viral infection of the liver) and HIV infection acquired through needle sharing with infected persons. A recent story in the news highlighted a sudden increase in HIV infections in Scott County (Indiana) in conjunction with the rise of opioid addiction there and injectable drug use.

Indiana’s governor has temporarily approved the use of needle exchange programs to help reduce the risk of virus transmission resulting from the use of dirty needles. The story indicated that the number of documented HIV infections had risen month over month. The county is presently trying to locate over 100 people who may have been exposed to the HIV virus in connection with injecting opiates.

Methadone and other medication-assisted treatments have been conclusively proven to reduce heroin/opiate relapse and injection drug use. For many individuals trapped in a daily cycle of perpetual drug abuse, the risk of acquiring a deadly infection increases with every day that they are not in treatment receiving help.

Treatment leads to recovery, and recovery leads to dramatic lifestyle change. Many patients who choose methadone as a tool in their personal recovery never go back to injecting drugs. This obviously is a life saving choice.

Someone recently stated “If you’re dead, you can’t recovery.” This is a rather blunt way of expressing a profound and meaningful truth. Addiction does rob loved ones, friends, family, and neighbors of life, health, and happiness. Recovery has the ability to restore all of these. Let us keep our minds and hearts open about the value of medication-assisted treatment. It is making a real difference for numerous people around the world.

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Acadia HealthCare Opioid Addiction Treatment

acadia-healthcareAcadia Healthcare is a leading behavioral healthcare services provider headquartered out of Franklin, Tennessee. The company was established in 2005 and has experienced rapid growth as a result of strategic acquisitions and a sharp focus on the delivery of psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment services.

Acadia recently bought out CRC Health Group for a reported $1.2 billion in a well-publicized sale which closed in February 2015. The acquisition significantly expanded Acadia’s opioid addiction treatment capabilities adding approximately 82 methadone/suboxone facilities nationwide. The company is nicely positioned to serve tens of thousands of patients on a daily basis who are struggling with opioid addiction and other associated illnesses. Methadone and buprenorphine products are utilized in association with a variety of counseling approaches.

Just added to Methadone.US are five of Acadia’s opioid treatment clinics located in San Diego, Riverside, Baltimore, Portland, and Southern Indiana.

Acadia’s mission statement:

Acadia Healthcare’s mission is to create behavioral health centers where people receive care that enables them to regain hope in a supportive, caring environment.

The company presently has behavioral healthcare facilities in 37 U.S. states, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico. These include residential treatment centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and therapeutic school-based programs.

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Right Path Clinics Offer Suboxone and Addiction Counseling

right-path-clinics-2Right Path is an opioid treatment provider operating in the greater Hampton Roads area of eastern Virginia. The organization specializes in the use of burprenorphine (the critical ingredient in Suboxone that alleviates opioid withdrawal symptoms).

Right Path currently have outpatient services in Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Suffolk, but plan to soon offer a location convenient for residents and visitors along the Outer Banks.

Recognizing the importance of individualized treatment plans, Right Path tailor their services to the needs of the individual patient. While suboxone is beneficial in eliminating the pain of opioid withdrawal, addiction counseling is essential in helping patients to understand the addiction and recovery process. Right Path provide addiction counseling as a component of their overall treatment program.

Evening and weekend hours are offered, and most insurance is accepted. The Right Path website has a helpful page that outlines various questions and issues that you might cover with your Suboxone Doctor in your first appointment. Their website provides another highly informative page on Suboxone which answers many common questions about this increasingly popular medication. More information on Right Path’s locations and contact information can be obtained here:

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Evzio For Reversal of Opioid Overdose

evzio-naloxoneEvzio is an FDA-approved emergency treatment that counteracts the effects of opioid overdose. It is an “auto-injector” designed to contain a retractable needle and a 0.4 mg dose of naloxone. Naloxone is a powerful opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of overdose with heroin or other opiates. Naloxone has been used throughout the country in the past few years and literally saved hundreds of lives.

evzio-imageKaleo Pharma is the manufacturer of Evzio. The company specializes in innovative solutions for serious and life threatening medical conditions. Kaleo Pharma is based out of Richmond, Virginia, USA.

As has been documented in national media, very potent forms of heroin have become available much of it laced with other opiate derivatives like fentanyl. These combinations have proven lethal in a large number of cases often with younger people being the victims of overdose due to not understanding the extreme potency of the drugs being sold.

Products like Evzio in the hands of family and local emergency response teams can yield life saving interventions within minutes.

When addicted people survive a near fatal overdose, this often acts as a necessary catalyst to enter treatment and to step onto the path of personal recovery. Overdose survivors sometimes reflect on what has happened to them and may realize the pain that their death would have caused their children, friends, and family. The vast majority of overdoses are accidental and are nearly always preventable.

It is important to remember that addiction is an illness and that addicted people can recover, and can go on to live much improved lives when they are ready to change. Evzio will most likely save many people and give them that opportunity to live a life of real recovery.

For more about naloxone

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Maine’s Governor LePage May Undermine Opioid Addiction Treatment

Maine2Paul LePage, the governor of Maine, has announced that he is considering ceasing state-funded support for methadone. As an alternative, Maine is proposing that patients prescribed methadone be switched to a more affordable suboxone option as part of a $727,000 state budget cut. The story is here.

This is an indefensible decision with dire medical implications for opioid addicted patients currently receiving methadone. It equates to government officials making medical decisions that will negatively impact the health and well-being of thousands of people.

Representative Drew Gattine (a member of the Health & Human Services Committee) is quoted as saying the proposal shows a lack of understanding of the societal costs of addiction throughout the state of Maine.

Methadone and suboxone are both effective medications, but offer very unique characteristics and applications depending on the severity & chronicity of a patient’s opioid addiction. Buprenorphine (the actual opioid agonist contained in suboxone) has a much lower ceiling effect than does methadone meaning its effectiveness would be insufficient for a potentially large percentage of stable methadone patients on 60mg or more of methadone daily. Many patients on a moderate to high maintenance dose of methadone would not have their opioid withdrawal symptoms managed by even the maximum dosage allowed for suboxone – which is generally around 32 mg per day.

For a politician to, in essence, prescribe inappropriate medical treatment for a diagnosable medical condition is a huge state liability. The repercussions are alarming. Hopefully, the local medical establishment and other state officials will step in before irreversible damage is done. Methadone works. This cannot be denied.

Methadone has a long, proven track record of medical efficacy and cost effectiveness. Maine, in particular, has suffered in recent years with a severe opioid addiction epidemic. Reducing access to appropriate medical treatment like methadone will likely result in overdose deaths across Maine and an explosion of condemnation for the governor and his office.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is not a fad. It is scientifically proven effective and endorsed by multiple state & federal regulatory agencies as well as ASAM.

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