Charleston Methadone Treatment

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Charleston, SC provides a couple of 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.





Charleston Methadone Clinics
Charleston Center of Charleston County 5 Charleston Center Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 958-3300
Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center
Substance Abuse Treatment Center
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-7311
Center for Behavioral Health
South Carolina Inc
2301 Cosgrove Avenue, Suite F
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 529-0700

 

Charleston Buprenorphine Providers
Tara M. Wright, M.D. Ralph H. Johnson VAMC, Mental Health
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-7108
Allan A. Rashford, M.D. 2 Race Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-2107
Samuel Howard Rosen, M.D. 198 Rutledge Avenue
Suite 8
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5012
Darlene H. Moak, M.D. St. Andrews Psychiatric Services
669 St. Andrews Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 367-2716
Jeffrey W. Buncher, M.D. 1124 Sam Rattenburg Boulevard
Suite I
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 556-3462
Douglas Michael Burgess, M.D. MUSC Institute of Psychiatry
29 Leinbach Drive; Building C, Unit 2&3
Charleston, SC 29407
(314) 807-3738
Calvin Johnathan Bosman, M.D. Compass Carolina Healthcare
1483 Tobias Gadson Boulevard, Ste. 107
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 745-5153
Sarah Weiss Book, M.D. Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs
29 Leinbach Drive, Building C, Unit 2&3
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 792-5200
Eduardo Cifuentes, M.D. 1483 Tobias Gadson Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 576-6750
Constance Alexander, M.D. Barrier Island Psychiatry
1954 Ashley River Road, Suite H
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 556-8177
Jonathan Snipes, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 792-2123
Tresha Taylor Ward, M.D. Ashley River Family Physicians
2270 Ashley Crossing Drive Suite 165
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 763-9472
Cathleen Kouvolo, M.D. 171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123
Emily Maria Rountree, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(704) 301-0998
Carlotta J. Lalich, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2300
David R. Beckert, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123
Todd K. Magro, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123
Stephen Andrew McLeod-Bryant, M.D. Medical University of South Carolina
67 President Street, MSC 861
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-0175
Xing Chun Tang, M.D. 100 Doughty Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-9888
Nicole Y. Franklin, M.D. MUSC
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123
James Michael Allen, M.D. Dept. of Psychiatry, Med. Univ. of S.C.
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123×15000
Christian Reusche, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123
James Fox, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 766-2766
Jennifer Patterson, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123
Bryant Byrne, M.D. 67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-2123


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 … Read more

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 … Read more

SMC Recovery Offering Affordable Opportunity in Scottsdale

smc-recovery-2SMC Recovery based in Scottsdale, Arizona opened an outpatient addiction treatment program late last year. SMC provides a Medication-Assisted Program utilizing methadone and an Intensive Outpatient Program. Both treatment modalities are endorsed by SAMHSA as best practices in the field of addiction treatment.

Methadone programs across the USA cover a wide range of prices sometimes as high as $15.00 per day. However, SMC Recovery have implemented one of the most affordable rates in the country at just $55.00 per week. This is an outstanding value for anyone who has been struggling with opiate addiction and it is one of the most competitive rates we have learned of anywhere in the country.

Prospective patients are often unable to get started with outpatient methadone treatment because the cost is just too high for them. SMC Recovery have lowered this barrier considerably. We were informed by their staff that this price will most likely be active over the next year consequently providing … Read more

Recovery Is About Positive Change

new-year-recoveryAs we prepare for another new year, there is always this opportunity for welcomed changes and improvements in our lives. New years resolutions are often built around personal goals that people would like to achieve like quitting smoking, losing weight, or beginning a new hobby.

With opioid addiction, the desire for relief is always present. It is amazing what an individual can do when they are truly motivated and committed to a goal. It is true that people enter recovery every single day. What an incredible truth this is!

The big question is what does it take for a person to step onto the path of change and to point themselves in a new direction? The disease of addiction is one that is allowed to continue as a result of becoming stagnant, inactive. As a disease process, drug addition only gets halted when a person makes a decision to do something about it. If a person fails to take any … Read more

Buprenorphine and Liver Health

methadone-safe-for-liverJana Burson is a North Carolina physician who specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction using medications like buprenorphine and methadone. Dr. Burson is a passionate caregiver and patient advocate with considerable experience in the field of addiction treatment. She maintains an informative blog on the topic of opioid addiction treatment and recently posted her comments and observations on a revealing 2012 study.

The 2012 study by Saxon et al is reported in her blog to have followed more than 700 patients over 24 weeks who were receiving either methadone or buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Suboxone). These patients were checked for specific red flag elevations that would suggest emerging liver damage or liver inflammation. None of the patients receiving methadone or buprenorphine had significant abberations in liver functioning. This led the researchers to conclude that neither medication causes liver damage.

A 2014 follow-up study by Soyka and others (published in the American Journal on Addictions) found the same results … Read more

Methadone or Suboxone

addiction-is-treatable-2A common question among those seeking help is whether methadone or suboxone is the best choice for opioid replacement therapy. It reminds me of the age old debate … which is better, Ford or Chevy? Methadone has been used in opioid addiction treatment for about 45 years. Suboxone has been available to the public for 12 years. Each of these medications has been shown, through conclusive research, to be highly effective in eliminating opioid withdrawal. Both methadone and suboxone achieve a similar outcome, but with subtle differences. [view our comparison chart]

When opiate withdrawal symptoms are no longer a daily preoccupation and source of anxiety, individuals are free to invest their energy & time in productive, meaningful activities. Avoiding withdrawal sickness is the single greatest driver of continued opioid use, and often pushes an individual to desperate measures to maintain a supply of opiates so that they will not get sick.

People unfamiliar with addiction sometimes believe that … Read more