Buffalo Methadone Treatment

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Buffalo offers a number of area methadone clinics providing methadone medication plus a number of physicians who offer suboxone on an outpatient basis via prescription. Suboxone (with buprenorphine) provides relief from opiate withdrawal symptoms for a significant number of people and is a leading alternative to methadone. Methadone remains however the most effective and widely used opiate replacement medication available in the United States. Below are links to more info on methadone program effectiveness, opioid dependency, addiction & recovery counseling, and job openings in methadone clinics.





Buffalo Methadone Clinics
City View Trt Ctr Sheehan Mem Hospital
CD Inpatient Treatment Program
425 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 848-2000
Sheehan Memorial Hospital
CD Outpatient Rehabilitation Service
425 Michigan Avenue, 1st Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 848-2000
CAO/Drug Abuse Research and Trt Prog
(DART)
1237 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 884-9101×208
VA Western NY Healthcare System
Substance Abuse Program
3495 Bailey Avenue, 10-A Substance Abuse
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 862-8565

 

Buffalo Buprenorphine Providers
Winston Douglas, M.D. 700 Michigan Avenue
Suite 210
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 884-8033
Richard D. Blondell, M.D. Sheehan Health Network
425 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 898-4971
Nathaniel C. Webster, M.D. 15 Northland Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208
(716) 882-8989
Rafael R. Medina, M.D. 3 Gates Circle
Suite 3C27
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 887-5308
Ramesh C. Gupta, M.D. Bryalin Hospital
1263 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 898-3625
James P. Stephen, M.D. Lovejoy – St. Vincent Health Center
1595 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14212
(716) 893-8550
Jeffery Jerome Grace, M.D. 1300 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 882-1221
Peter John Margulis, M.D. Monsignor Carr Institute
76 West Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 835-9745
Frances Ilozue, M.D. 2200 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 200-4122
Ramesh C. Gupta, M.D. 1515 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 861-5673
Su Zhan, M.D. ECMC, 462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 898-4743
Richard Elliot Wolin, M.D. 3020 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 833-3792
Alison Mary Sastry, M.D. Buffalo VAMC
3495 Bailey Avenue, 10th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 862-8595
Olivera Bogunovic-Sotelo, M.D. VA WNY Hospital–Dept. of Psychiatry
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 862-8771
Richard D. Blondell, M.D. Department of Family Medicine
462 Grider Street, Suite CC-175
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 898-4971
Ramesh C. Gupta, M.D. 462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 898-3625
Horacio A. Capote, M.D. Dent Neurologic Institute
3980 Sheridan Drive
Buffalo, NY 14226
(716) 250-2000
Monsignor Carr Institute
Outpatient Clinic
76 West Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 835-9745
Erie County Medical Center Corporation
Division of Chemical Dependency
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 898-3137
Lake Shore Behavioral Health Inc
Drug Free Resid Prog for Women
232-262 Hempstead Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 831-7877×213
Horizon Health Services Inc
Addictions Outpt Clinic/Bailey LaSalle
3297 Bailey Avenue
1st Floor
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 833-3622


Making A New Start

methadone-graphicA study by the government agency SAMHSA indicated there were approximately 254,000 patients receiving methadone for opioid addiction in 2006. In 2015, it is most likely that number is much higher given the prevalence of opioid addiction and the continued expansion of outpatient opioid treatment services in the United States. Today, there are considerably more methadone clinics and suboxone-approved physicians than there were a decade ago.

Making a new start with medication-assisted treatment is what hundreds of people across the country are deciding to do for themselves every week. Addiction is a progressive illness – one in which a person’s ability to choose is severely compromised. Medication-assisted treatment using either methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) provides an important open door to a more responsible, quality life.

A majority of individuals suffering with opioid addiction (particularly when the illness spans years) have experienced dramatic brain changes which deepened their physiological dependency on opiates. This physical dependency is not easily removed. It is severe and persistent thus leading the person to do whatever is necessary to avoid being sick from opioid withdrawal.

Most long-term addicted individuals will tell you they rarely, if ever, get high from the illicit substances they use. They are simply trying to avoid being sick from debilitating opioid withdrawal symptoms. When a patient chooses to receive methadone or buprenorphine under the supervision of a doctor, they are making a decision to face their illness and to do something constructive about it.

As a family or friend, it is very helpful to gain an understanding of addiction and how medication-assisted treatment can be life changing for a person stuck in the cycle of opiate addiction.

Making a new start can be a bit frightening. Will methadone work for me? Will my loved ones condemn me? What about my job, or my legal situation? It becomes easy to put off making a decision when so many questions come into play.

It is important to remember that the road to recovery begins with just one step forward. That step will lead to another and another. This new start is always available. The message is one of hope and opportunity. Opiate addiction is a treatable illness. Medication-assistance can make a real difference.

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Acadia Healthcare Opioid Treatment Programs

Acadia HealthcareAcadia is a large U.S. based company who provide a broad range of behavioral healthcare services that target mental health and substance abuse problems in children, teenagers, and adults.

Their inpatient facilities provide approximately 9200 beds in 37 states including the United States, United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico. The company’s outpatient addiction services specialize in opioid addiction and medication-assisted treatment for those suffering with heroin and other opioid dependencies. Each Acadia clinic utilizes methadone and suboxone in their overall treatment.

Acadia recently acquired CRC Health Group and in so doing raised their total number of opioid treatment programs to about 90 – currently making them the single largest provider in the United States.

Acadia just added 10 more clinics to Methadone.US and site visitors can find more information about Acadia’s Opioid Treatment Programs by visiting these recently added cities on the Methadone.US website:

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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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