Bronx Methadone Treatment

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This city has numerous 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.





Bronx Methadone Clinics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Division of Substance Abuse
260 East 161st Street, Track Level
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 993-3397
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Division of Substance Abuse/Melrose 9
260 East 161st Street, 9th Floor
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 292-6622×312
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
DOSA Next Steps Chem Dep Svc South
260 East 161st Street, Track Level
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 993-3397
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
Department of Psychiatry, 1276 Fulton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 901-8862
Narco Freedom Inc
Key Extended Entry Program (KEEP)
477-479 Willis Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 585-5555
Narco Freedom Inc
Methadone Maintenance Trt Prog (MMTP)
477-479 Willis Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 292-4640×121
Narco Freedom Inc
Methadone Treatment Clinic
250 Grand Concourse, 1st Floor
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 292-4455×2478
Harlem Hospital Center
Chemical Dependency Outpatient Service
22-44 West 137th Street, Women Pavillion Bldg, (WP BLDG )4th Fl
New York, NY 10037
(212) 939-3033
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
MMTP
1276 Fulton Avenue, Ground Floor
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 503-7750
Hunts Point Multi Service Prog Ctr Inc
Methadone Maintenance Program
785 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 589-5500×301

 

Bronx Buprenorphine Treatment
Aaron Douglas Fox, M.D. 305 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 579-2500
Michael J Reid, M.D. 305 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 579-2500
Iruani Salas, M.D. 234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 579-5783
Alain Litwin, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
260 East 161st Street, 9th Floor
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 409-9450
Ricardo O. Dunner, M.D. 324 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 665-4300
Maria Teresa M. Santos, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
260 East 161st Street, T Level
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 409-9450
Shadi Nahvi, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
260 East 161st Street, 9th Floor
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 409-9450
Hillary Kunins, M.D. CHCC- Montefiore Medical Center
305 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 579-2500
Stephen B. Perez, M.D. 225 East 149st
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 466-9200
Akinola O. Fisher, M.D. Lincoln Medical and Mental Center
234 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 579-5000
Andrei Osipov, M.D. Success Counseling Services, Inc.
1015 Ogden Avenue
Bronx, NY 10452
(718) 538-6112
Barbara Carol Zeller, M.D. 1401 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10452
(781) 681-8700
Marcellus A. Walker, M.D. Highbridge Woodycrest Center
936 Woodycrest Avenue
Bronx, NY 10452
(718) 293-3200×103
Leila Hagshenas, M.D. 1894 Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 583-3060
Irene Grgurich Cergnul, M.D. SATP Montetione Medical Center
2005 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 583-0600×111
Ghazanfar Abdullah, M.D. 108 East 183rd Street
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 295-4600
Varinder Rathore, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
804 East 138th Street
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 409-9450
Jean R. Denis, M.D. 477 Willis Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 292-4640
Tak Yuen So, M.D. 785 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 589-5500
Maged Barakat, M.D. 1276 Fulton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 901-8000
Conrado Caraos, M.D. Road to Empowerment-CDTP
401 East 167th Street
Bronx, NY 10456
(646) 732-5718
Jeffrey M. Levine, M.D. Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
1276 Fulton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 466-6020
Ferdinand B. Banez, M.D. Bronx-Lebanon Hospital
1276 Fulton Street
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 901-8862
Peter Lawrence Shacker, M.D. 1064 Franklin Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 764-1589
John Osei-Tutu, M.D. Bronx Lebanon Hospital
1276 Fulton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 901-6133
Venkatesh Makkala, M.D. 1276 Fulton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 901-8747


Committing Yourself To Recovery From Addiction

mental-healthDrug and alcohol addiction are treatable illnesses. They can be successfully managed and “arrested” such that they do not continue to harm a person’s life or compromise their health. Just as with any progressive illness, a patient should commit to a course of treatment that has been proven to eradicate their illness or reduce its impact. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, morbid obesity, alzheimer’s – all of these have established medical treatments which can increase a person’s chance of survival and/or quality of life.

Addiction is both a physiological and behavioral illness. With opioid addiction in particular, there is a strong biological/physical basis as well as a highly significant psychological component. When both of these are adequately addressed, a patient has a new opportunity to recover.

For most individuals with a severe opioid addiction, is critically important to receive physical relief from the discomfort of opioid withdrawal symptoms. But this must also happen in conjunction with behavioral health counseling. Counseling addresses the emotional & psychological factors that contributed to the development of addiction in the first place, and counseling teaches the skills necessary to remain drug free over the long-term and to hopefully avoid future relapses.

Many people find that if they neglect one of these two key areas, then they are more vulnerable to relapse and rapid deterioration. When opioid detox is not a viable option for a particular patient, methadone and suboxone are clearly the medications of choice for addressing opioid withdrawal. Counseling provides the other half of the equation. All methadone programs across the country (as well as all suboxone-approved physicians) are required to insure that their patients are receiving some level of addiction counseling.

The essential ingredient is this mix is patient commitment. Having a genuine desire for a drug free life is as important as anything else. Becoming ready for change is a process in itself and varies from person to person. It is true that many people find their way into recovery because of a recent crisis in which things get so bad they hit a new low, or bottom. This does not have to happen though.

Sometimes hitting “bottom” brings with it dire consequences. If you have been contemplating making a change, please remember that it is not too late. There are many advantages to acting today as opposed to waiting another day. Addiction loves procrastination. Recovery begins now with your commitment to doing something about your problem!

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1-800 Counselor Phone Support

800-counselorPalm Partners is a drug rehabilitation and recovery program located in Delray Beach, Florida. The organization provides a 24 hour hotline for individuals interested in learning about addiction treatment options.

Their website also provides an online chat alternative for speaking with an addiction counselor. Individuals facing addiction often alternate between being sick & tired of what they are going through and just giving in to the addiction as a result of being tired of the fight. Apprehension and feelings of fear have kept many addicted people from actively seeking help.

Speaking with supportive professionals (as well as others in recovery) can provide hope that people really can recover, and regain their quality of life.

From year to year, there has been a continual rise in the United States in the prevalence of addictive disorders. Over the past 5 years in particular, opioid addiction has moved into the forefront of both media coverage and general public awareness.

Some professionals contend that addiction treatment resources have shrunk over the last 15 years as a result of cuts in state funding and third party insurance coverage. What the next few years holds remains a question at this point in time. While there is interest in expanding addiction treatment services across the country, government funding is limited due to the growing national deficit and inability of government leaders to revitalize the economy through appropriate business incentives.

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Cassava Recovery App For Mobile Phones

cassava-appA new mobile phone app for recovering people was released last month by Elements Behavioral Health based out of Long Beach, California. The app is called Cassava and it provides a number of nifty features such as a daily reflection, a support group meetings finder based on your location, and a personal sobriety tracker that measures one’s number of days drug free.

In addition to days sober, the app allows users to record in a personal journal format their moods, daily nutrition, and even sleep patterns. An important part of growth in recovery is following new disciplines and remaining aware of self-care needs. The Cassava app can function as a useful toot for recovering people aiming to feed their recovery on a daily basis.

Another potentially helpful feature of the app is the inclusion of “recovery tips”. These function as reminders and suggestions for ways to cope with relapse risks. Addicted people, particularly in the early phase of recovery, are more vulnerable to sudden urges to use and often need a means of redirecting their thinking in order to sidestep a build-up of thoughts that feed the urge to use. Reading recovery literature has always been a potentially useful action step that helps to short circuit urges and cravings.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple website. While it is designed for Apple iPhone 5.0 and above, I was able to install the app on version 4.0 and it worked well.

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Stepping Onto The Path of Recovery

the-pathAn important consideration in examining the disease of addiction is the recognition that “recovery” is an incremental process. Many people facing their addiction will experience brief setbacks, and some will struggle for years before they are able to remain on the path of positive change.

As a counselor, I have listened to many recovering individuals talk about their resistance to change. Addiction is a persistent disease of disruptive thinking and behavior highly subject to repetition. Addicts will repeat the same bad “choices” as a result of many factors. Scientific research has shown that habitual patterns of behavior are neurochemically driven deep within the brain. These patterns can be reinforced by one’s social connections, immediate environment, and underlying belief system.

With severe levels of addiction sustained over years, it can become difficult for people to shift their lifestyle, thinking, and decision-making toward a healthy, recovery-oriented mindset. In 12 Step recovery, there is the popular expression called “hitting bottom”. This expression is typically used to describe a specific time in which a person has lost so much, or suffered such a painful crisis, that their readiness for change finally emerges. This window of opportunity is often times short-lived. Hitting bottom will compel some people to finally take the right action – to seek help – to admit they have a problem. If this happens, then a decision to step onto the path of recovery may actually occur.

Active addition is often characterized by a short range view in which consequences are not thoroughly considered. Focusing on consequences interferes with the compulsive desire to use. And even then, a recognition of consequences to oneself and family is often not enough to change the decision to get high. With opiate addiction, the decision to use is overwhelmingly controlled by opiate withdrawal sickness. This never-ending physical sickness takes people away from recovery and keeps them trapped in a desperate existence centered around doing whatever is necessary to avoid being “dope sick”.

Fortunately, this dilemma can be addressed through medication-assisted treatments (methadone, suboxone, naltrexone). These do not replace the need for a recovery program, but they become an important part of one’s overall personal recovery program. Staying on the path of recovery is the next critical phase after stepping onto the path. Medication-assisted treatment greatly aids recovering addicts in staying on the proper path. Science has proven that those with the greatest chance of long-term, successful sobriety are those that remain in treatment and recovery. Said differently, a person’s chance of recovery success is statistically improved the longer they remain in treatment.

When a person no longer has to face the crippling weight of daily withdrawal sickness, they have a chance to re-approach their overall recovery and the opportunities that lie ahead of them.

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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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