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


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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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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