Corpus Christi Methadone Treatment

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This city has several 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.

Corpus Christi Methadone Clinics
South Texas Subst Abuse Recovery Servs
907 Antelope Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 882-9979
Toxicology Associates Inc 5233 IH 37, Suite C-17
Corpus Christi, TX 78408
(713) 541-3218


Corpus Christi Buprenorphine Providers
Kang Sun Lee, M.D. 2606 Hospital Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 980-1964
Francisco A. Acebo 515 Clifford Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 888-5467
Nestor H. Praderio, M.D. 817 Ayers Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 887-9600
Daniela Badea-Mic, M.D. 527 Gordon Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 850-8300
Tone Johnson, Jr., M.D. 3138 S Alameda, Suite A
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 884-4131
Thelma Lopez-Lira, M.D. 4525 South Staples
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 980-1201
Michael A. Hernandez, M.D. 5022 Holly Road
Suite 104
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 906-0166
Krishnaiah Rayasam, M.D. 4234 Weber Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 854-8075
Umamaheswara R. Maruvada, M.D. 4234 Weber Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-2090
Murthy V. Mangipudi, M.D. 4234 Weber Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-2090
Michael G. Fuentes, M.D. 5656 South Staples
Suite 252
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
(361) 888-7716
Jose E. Pagan, M.D. 5934 South Staples
Suite 230
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
(361) 993-1640
Raul R. Capitaine, M.D. 6000 South Staples
Suite 406
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
(361) 993-4835
Orel Michael Everett, M.D. 6458 Saratoga
Corpus Christi, TX 78414
(361) 991-1030
Ryan N. Potter, M.D. 5734 Spohn Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78414
(361) 882-4452
James May, M.D. 6625 Wooldridge
Suite 402
Corpus Christi, TX 78414
(361) 992-5525
Carlos R. Estrada, M.D. 6625 Wooldridge Road
Suite 201
Corpus Christi, TX 78414
(361) 993-8358
Jeffrey D. Johnson, D.O. 3817 SPID
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
(361) 857-0178
Samuel B. Ganz, D.O. 13509 Camino de Plata
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
(361) 949-8806

Massachusetts Is Prohibited From Banning Zohydro

court-decisionSomewhat of a surprise was the recent ruling that the state of Massachusetts cannot ban the powerful new painkiller, Zohydro, from being prescribed in the state. The manufacturer of Zohydro, Zogenix, had argued that the ban was not constitutional and must be reversed.

The state governor, Deval Patrick, had announced his intention to make Zohydro unavailable since the manufacturer’s initial plan was to provide it without a tamper-proof component to deter abuse and potential overdose.

Judge Rya Zobel ruled that the state of Massachusetts had exceeded its authority in banning the drug, and she consequently implemented a preliminary injunction temporarily reversing the ban. The governor expressed disappointment that the public’s safety concerns were not sufficient to halt the sale of Zohydro, but he stated he would pursue other channels for addressing the widespread opioid abuse problem that is continuing to grow in the state and across the country.

Opioid pain medications have become a primary drug of abuse for … Read more

Recovery From Heroin Addiction Helps Parenting

methadone-clinic-7When a parent enters treatment for opioid addiction and begins methadone dosing, hopefully that person embraces the recovery process and the resumption of certain responsibilities that may have been neglected during addiction.

Many parents in addiction live with a sense of regret and shame over not always being there for their children. Opiate addiction is particularly brutal and can derail a person’s priorities for extended periods of time. Families can suffer, and their bonds strained to the limit for years because of drug addiction.

When a parent begins to find true recovery and is able to take an honest look at their life, they recognize how their mistakes affected others – most often their families and particularly their children.

Effective parenting requires a notable combination of talents & abilities – obviously love mixed with patience, availability, consistency, and attention. These qualities suffer and are diminished for a majority of addicted parents when drugs are in control. As the years roll … Read more

Opiate Abuse Epidemic Addressed by Massachusetts Governor

massachusettsThe State of Massachusetts is experiencing dramatic levels of opioid abuse and their Governor, Deval Patrick, is sharply focused on addressing the problem. A compelling Boston Globe article has highlighted the growing problem with heroin and other opiates across the state noting that 185 people died of heron overdose between November 2013 and February 2014.

Also mentioned in the article was the state’s plan to increase funding for drug treatment by $20 million and to prohibit the sale of Zohydro, a highly potent prescription painkiller that has drawn much attention and criticism due to its ability to potentially worsen the opioid epidemic in America.

Governor Patrick has declared the opioid abuse problem a public health emergency and is taking active measures to increase the availability of naloxone to Massachusetts public workers so that they can intervene to save the lives of those experiencing an opiate overdose. Naloxone is a powerful opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of opioid overdose within … Read more

Doctors and Prescriptions For Pain Medication

oxycodone-prescriptionReceiving increased attention across the country are concerns about prescription pain medication and to what extent prescribers are using caution and due diligence in administering them.

In addition to opioid addiction treatment centers that often employ methadone, pain management clinics also utilize methadone as well as other beneficial but potentially addictive opioid medications such as hydrocodone for breakthrough pain. Often, in addition to painkiller prescriptions, pain management physicians will prescribe powerful benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin to manage patients’ stress and anxiety symptoms.

The potential problems which can emerge from these medication combinations is fairly extensive. First, uninformed patients can develop a rapid physical dependency on pain meds if not properly educated. Patients also run the risk of accidental overdose when combining powerful drugs like methadone, oxycodone, and xanax. There is a serious risk to the community when a physician overprescribes because powerful pain medications and benzodiazepines have a premium “street value”, and are often diverted and sold to naive, … Read more

When Emotional Pain Fuels Relapse

grief-and-lossPeople in recovery from addiction face very substantial stresses. The stress of trying to cope with cravings & urges, the stress of facing life and trying to resolve problems, and the common pressure of trying to make ends meet when finances are not in good shape.

While many addicted individuals find that they are more resilient than perhaps they ever believed, loss can sometimes be a particularly crippling experience. People from all walks of life suffer and struggle with losses – divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, income, security, or health.

A recent New York Times article briefly profiled a young woman released from prison who was trying to stay clean from heroin. She really missed her child who had been removed from her custody. While she loved her baby, she also recognized she was not yet ready to resume the pressures and responsibilities of parenting until she got herself on more solid, sober … Read more

Prescription Drug Addiction Among Affluent Women

women-in-addictionAn interesting post was made on the website related to a recent survey which found that the primary drug of abuse among “affluent” addicted women was prescription opioids or heroin.

The definition of affluent included those whose annual family income exceeded $100,000. Of those who entered treatment for their addiction, 61% of them identified prescription opioids as their predominant addiction problem. 

The survey found that 70% of those who developed an addiction reported that their initial use was related to a prescription of legal medications for the treatment of pain or emotional problems.

The opioid epidemic has shown how universal addiction problems actually are by transcending all types of assumed barriers and biases. Opioid addiction is a very clear brain disease and poses risk, even in prescribed legitimate uses, to those individuals with no prior addiction-related problems or high risk behaviors.

For individuals receiving prescription pain medication, it is imperative that they have a thoughtful and candid discussion with … Read more