Gahanna Suboxone Doctors

Health First Medical Center

Health First Medical Center
140 Mill St., Ste B
Gahanna, OH 43230

Phone: 614-944-9029
Fax: 614-944-9034
Website: ColumbusSuboxoneTherapy.com

Providing you with the best clinicians for the best care.

Stephen Canowitz, MD
Stephen Canowitz, MD has been in private medical practice in Columbus, Ohio for over 20 years. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine taking care of people 18 years and above. He is also Board Certified in Pediatrics seeing patients under the age of 18. He has had training in Regenerative Medicine including stem cell and PRP injections to help delay or prevent surgery, improve pain and functionality in those joints that can benefit from such injections.

Angela Hoff, DNP, APRN, CNP
Angela Hoff is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner. She owns and operates At Your Door Visiting Healthcare Services, a large visiting primary care practice that serves facility patients. Dr. Hoff earned her nursing degree at Mount Carmel School of Nursing before pursuing her education at Capital University to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing. She then went on to receive a post-Master’s in nursing with a certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Later Dr. Hoff attended the University of Alabama where she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Hoff is excited to start Health First Medical Center with Dr. Stephen Canowitz in addition to running her visiting primary care practice.

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Health First Medical Center recognizes the vast problem of opiod addiction affecting our communities. Opiod addiction is abuse of narcotics that may include oxycodone, vicodin, percocet, or morphine, just to name a few. Often, the addiction starts with a valid prescription written by a healthcare provider after a surgery or injury.

At Health First Medical Center we understand that addiction is a disease. It is a devastating problem that affects not only the person suffering from the addiction but also the entire family and beyond. It can be harmful physically, emotionally, and financially. We are here to help.

Our Services: Health First Medical Center offers treatment for opioid addiction. Our professionals can help you or your loved one get on the path to recovery. We will do an assessment, make the diagnosis of addiction and determine if outpatient therapy is right for you.

We can prescribe medications such as suboxone which will take away the “good feelings” the opiates give you. They will assist you from going through withdrawal, allowing you to be a productive member of society.

We also offer counseling through Cassie Starinsky, LISW-S, LLC of Renew Wellness. She is a licensed independent social work supervisor, a health and a wellness coach. Cassies has been a mental health professional for over 20 years. She uses evidenced based theories to treat addiction and compulsive behaviors.

If you are ready for a change, call 614-944-9029 to set up your appointment!

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Gahanna and the greater Columbus area offers local citizens quality physicians authorized to provide prescriptions for buprenorphine to manage opioid dependency and associated opioid withdrawal. Buprenorphine is the primary ingredient in suboxone that eliminates a patient’s opioid withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, and chills. Doctors authorized to write suboxone prescriptions have obtained training in the safe use of suboxone. Suboxone (buprenorphine) has acquired a good reputation in the addiction treatment community due to its desirable safety profile and usefulness in alleviating opioid withdrawal sickness.

If you are a local medical professional treating Gahanna area residents, you may purchase a featured listing at the top of this page insuring that your treatment services will be found by prospective patients searching our website for quality suboxone treatment. Suboxone (buprenorphine) has become a primary therapeutic option for opioid addicted individuals. Methadone.US is striving to educate the general public on the diversity of opioid replacement choices available in their region.



Gahanna Buprenorphine Suboxone Doctors
Health First
Medical Center
140 Mill St., Ste B
Gahanna, OH 43230
(614) 944-9029


Opioid Treatment Program Rules

Methadone programs and doctors who prescribe buprenorphine serve a very important function in helping the country cope with the opioid crisis. They are also a life-saving link for patients who have suffered for years with an overwhelming addiction.

Operating a methadone clinic or buprenorphine/suboxone practice is typically a complex endeavor. Clinics that offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) must comply with a myriad of mandates and policy requirements from the DEA, the local State Methadone Authority, accreditation organizations like CARF and JCAH, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration}, and 3rd party payers who help fund treatment services.

Patients understand that a well-run treatment clinic offers many benefits. Quality services are only delivered when there is an organizational commitment to helping people while also being able to meet all of the operational requirements such as timely documentation of services (paperwork) and appropriate support of staff & counselors,

Sometimes patients will complain about “so many clinic rules” although many patients appreciate their clinic’s dedication to professionalism and its ability to meet the standards of good quality care. Within most treatment facilities are several key staff who oversee its daily operation and the provision of services. These are the Clinical Director, the Medical Director or primary prescribing physician, the Nurse Supervisor, and possibly clinical staff Team Leaders who do the work of coordinating the clinics many daily activities.

While the list of clinic rules can seem long, there is nearly always an important underlying reason for that rule to exist. Most methadone clinics distribute a Handbook for clients that outlines their rights as an opioid treatment patient as well as guidelines for obtaining dosage adjustments and progressing successfully through treatment.

Opioid treatment, and medication-assistance in particular, must be carefully monitored. This is to insure patient safety and to minimize the risk of medication errors. Please support your local methadone or suboxone clinic with words of encouragement and positive feedback when it is earned. Conversely, it is important to speak up as well if serious problems are occurring. Always make an effort to communicate first with the clinic’s clinical and administrative staff if experiencing a problem. If an honest effort to resolve an issue in this manner is not productive, then contacting one’s local State Methadone Authority is sometimes a logical next step for addressing an important concern.

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Ohio Town Hall on Opioid Addiction

Several organizations in Ohio recently hosted a town hall discussion on the opioid crisis still occurring there and across the country. News commentator, Eric Bolling, was a moderator of the event which was held at Cedarville University.

Eric and his wife, Adrienne, lost their 19 year old son in 2017 due to an accidental overdose with the powerful opioid, fentanyl.

This town hall discussion was designed to continue raising public awareness on the danger of opioid misuse and the continuing need for treatment and recovery support services to help families deal with this perpetual problem.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that there were 70,237 drug overdoses in 2017 with 47,600 involving opioids specifically. The article linked above states that the state of Ohio ranked 2nd in overdose deaths only behind West Virginia.

There is promising news in that more Americans are now being educated on opioid risks, and consequently are taking better precautions as well as actively accessing methadone & suboxone programs offering helpful medication-assistance and behavioral counseling. Saving lives and offering recovery are messages that are being heard.

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Youth and Opioid Addiction

In past decades, opioid addiction was skewed more heavily toward an older generation of adults. But today we have larger numbers of youth using opioids and experiencing addiction-related problems at earlier ages. Importantly, research has demonstrated conclusively that those who remain engaged in treatment for six months or more are much more likely to stabilize and to enjoy sustained success with recovery.

A recent Reuters Health article highlights the fact that many opioid-addicted youth are either not yet engaging in treatment or are exiting treatment too early. While more youth are being saved through the overdose reversal drug naloxone, a majority of addicted youth are still not receiving medicated-assisted treatments such as buprenorphine or methadone.

More work is necessary to open up treatment avenues for young adults across America, and to both educate & compel youth to seek MAT (medication-assisted treatment) as soon as possible.

The opioid addiction problem in America will not soon disappear. Drugs continue to find their way across the U.S. border through multiple avenues. Positive efforts are indeed bringing needed change, but the complexity and extent of opioid addiction in the U.S. will require a long-term, sustained commitment throughout the country. We must get the message out – especially to young people who may not fully grasp the power of addiction!

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Opioid Use Disorder A Modern Reality

Opioid Use Disorder is the newer clinical terminology (from the DSM5) used to describe the full range of opioid problems ranging from mild opioid-related use issues to severe opioid addiction.

The CDC reports that in 2017 there were 72,287 deaths from overdose in the United States. That is certainly an alarming statistic. Of that number, 49,060 of those deaths were from opioids specifically – just in 2017. By contrast, there were 58,200 U.S. fatalities that resulted from the entire Vietnam war.

The good news is that government funding for opioid treatment is finally entering the stream on a local level. Increasing numbers of methadone clinics and physicians authorized to prescribe buprenorphine are moving into America’s more rural areas, ones that have historically been severely underserved.

As treatment for Opioid Use Disorder becomes more readily available, people struggling under the constant pressure of addiction will have an opportunity to apply the brake, and to veer onto a new path of stability and recovery. That being said, it is estimated that presently only 1 person of 10 with an opioid use disorder has sought treatment. For many opioid addicted people, treatment made the difference between life and death.

Choose a new path is more than words for those that have truly done so. Addiction is a highly persistent disease, but change is possible. Commitment and action are the necessary ingredients in opening the door to a new life. Opioid Use Disorder, in particular, is successfully treated with medication assistance. Science, research, and life experience have fortunately reinforced this fact with perfect clarity. Please find a local treatment provider today!

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