Gainesville 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.





Gainesville Methadone Clinics
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc
Addictions Outpatient and Residential
4400 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 374-5600×8230
Quad County Treatment Center 913 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 732-6565

 

Gainesville Buprenorphine Providers
David E. Kemp, M.D. 1026 SW 2nd Avenue
Suite D
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 379-1049
John J. Sassano, M.D. 1131 NW 64th Terrace
Suite C
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 331-5557
Youssef Wassef 6801 NW 9th Boulevard
Suite 4
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 367-3422
Neel H. Amin, M.D. 10509 NW 13th Lane
Gainesville, FL 32606
(706) 951-4600
Gary M. Reisfield, M.D. University of Florida
8491 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5404
Gabriel Dan Paulian, M.D. 8491 Northwest 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606
(904) 412-3002
Gary T. Gossinger, M.D. 2830 NW 41st Street
Suite E
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 371-6402
William Morgan Greene Shands Vista
4101 NW 89th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5497
Louis William Solomon, M.D. Shands at Vista
4101 NW 89th Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5424
Daniel Philip Logan University of Flordia College of Med.
3850 NW 83rd Street, Suite 201
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5549
Martha Eugenia Brown, M.D. UF Dept. of Psych, Addiction Med. Div.
8491 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5525
Kenneth W. Thompson, M.D. 4101 NW 89th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5440
Scott Teitelbaum, M.D. Univ of Florida, Dept of Psychiatry
4101 NW 89 Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 265-5440
Gary L Kanter, M.D. 100 Sw 75th Street
Suite 204
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 332-1300
Andrew Eric Esch, M.D. 2864 SW 92nd drive
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 222-2608
Robert Blair Sammel, M.D. Gainesville VA Medical Center (11c)
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-1611
Leonardo Rodriguez, M.D. 1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-1611×6089
Alexander Fariborzian, M.D. 4300 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 374-5600ext817
James Cozby Byrd III, M.D. VA Medical Center
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 374-6014
Camilo A. Martin, M.D. 7114 SW 97th Lane
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 284-1175
Jerome Mark Sampson, M.D. VA Medical Center
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 376-1611×5019
May Eliza Montrichard, M.D. 1216 North West 22nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 378-7978
William Robert Rout, M.D. Dept. of Surgery, University of Florida
Health Science Center, Box 100286
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 533-5399
Joseph P. Pagano, M.D. Medical Plaza Psychiatry
2000 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 265-7041
North Florida/South Georgia
VA Health System
1601 SW Archer Road
Unit 116-A1 SATT
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 374-6089


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 DrugFree.org 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

Zohydro Pain Medication Causes Alarm

zohydro-opiate-medicationZohydro ER (extended release) is a new opioid-based pain medication just recently approved by the FDA and scheduled to be released for use in March of 2014. More than 40 healthcare organizations, advocacy groups, and physicians have come forward in a desperate appeal to the FDA to revoke the approval of Zohydro ER.

The medication is touted to be many times more potent than standard dosage hydrocodone, and the mounting fear is that Zohydro could lead to immediate abuse and overdose deaths across the country. This concern is in part stemming from the recent explosion in heroin use in the United States and the steady increase in opioid overdose fatalities that has emerged in the last five years.

One characteristic of Zohydro that presents increased risk is that it can be easily crushed and then snorted or injected. The medication was designed specifically for special pain management scenarios in which standard pain management interventions are not effective.

The manufacturers of … Read more