Knoxville Suboxone Doctors

BHG Knoxville Treatment Centers – Suboxone

626 Bernard Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921

Phone: (865) 522-0161

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 5:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 am – 9:30 am

412 Citico Street
Knoxville, TN 37921

Phone: (865) 522-0661

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 5:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 am – 9:30 am

Website: www.bhgrecovery.com

Behavioral Health Group (BHG) is a leading provider of opioid addiction treatment services. They provide pharmacotherapeutic maintenance and detoxification services in a conventional outpatient setting. BHG’s services include Methadone maintenance and Buprenorphine (aka: Suboxone) maintenance programs.

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Knoxville is home to a number of local doctors who are authorized to write prescriptions for buprenorphine for opioid addiction and associated withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine is the medication in suboxone which eliminates opiate withdrawal symptoms such diarrhea, nausea, chills, and vomiting. Physicians authorized to offer suboxone have taken training in the appropriate administration of suboxone. Suboxone has earned an excellent reputation in the medical community due to its notably positive safety profile and its demonstrated benefit in alleviating opioid withdrawal sickness. If you are a local physician who treats Knoxville area residents, you may purchase a featured listing at the top of this page insuring that your medical services will be found by prospective patients searching our website for quality opioid treatment.




Knoxville Buprenorphine Suboxone Doctors
BHG Knoxville Bernard
Treatment Center
626 Bernard Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 522-0161
BHG Knoxville Citico
Treatment Center
412 Citico Street
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 522-0661
George Bingham Brooks, D.O. 1320 Papermill Way
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 932-3634
Arun Jethanandani, M.D. Recovery Insight
6216 Lonas Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 951-2162
Richard E. Poehlein, M.D. 930 Adell Ree Park Lane
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 769-2600
Clifford Marc Davidson, M.D. 930 Adell Ree Park Lane
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 769-2600
Jean Nicholas McGuire III, M.D. 6626 Central Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37912
(865) 249-6214
David K. Tutor, M .D. 2725 Asbury Road
Suite 103
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 525-7220
Tchad F. Griffin, M.D. 4435 Valley View Drive
Suite 104
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 637-4970
Steven E. Ritchie, M.D. Addiction Recovery & Restoration
1423 Coker Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 622-2142
David A. Vastine, M.D. 3403 Tazewell Pike
Suite 102
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 689-9966
Pradumna S. Jain, M.D. 3105 Essary Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 687-8990
Audrey Marcelle Smith, M.D. 1612 Downtown West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 357-8861
Andrew Sugantharaj, M.D. Complete Family Care
1612 Downtown West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 357-8861
Steven E. Ritchie, M.D. Addiction R&R
301 South Gallaher View Road, Suite114
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 691-0921
Melanie Robles Fuertes-Hunt, M.D. 201 North Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 584-8501
Melanie Robles Fuertes-Hunt, M.D. 8033 Ray Mears Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 545-4592
Teri Hunter, M.D. 1018 Orchid Drive
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 357-9355
Morris A. Barocas, M.D. 120 Center Park Drive
Suite 9
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 966-3869
Paul Carl Peterson, M.D. Recovery Strategies
214 South Peters Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 691-1250
John McElligott, M.D. 9135 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 558-3509
Kelley D. Walker, M.D. 10241 Kingston Pike
Suites 1 & 2
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 691-1165
Philomina Presentation, M.D. Recovery Strategies
120 Center Park Drive, ste 8
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 386-6614
Gary Dean O'Shaughnessy, D.O. 342 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 816-4343
John B. Robertson, Jr., M.D. 10241 Kingston Pike
Suite 1 & 2
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 691-1165
Donna Gail McKenzie, M.D. 120 Center Park Dr Suite 9
Knoxville, TN 37922
(731) 661-0440
Norman Alan Barnes, M.D. 120 Huxley Road
Suite 103
Knoxville, TN 37922-3188
(865) 640-6082



Buprenorphine Implant for Opioid Addiction

buprenorphine implantThe FDA has approved a new implantable drug called Probuphine. Probuphine contains the partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine, which is used to suppress the opioid withdrawal symptoms that interfere with daily life.

The implant is the size of a matchstick and is inserted under the skin in the forearm area. It steadily releases a dose of buprenorphine which has been scientifically proven an effective treatment for eliminating opiate withdrawal symptoms in a number of people physically dependent on opioids.

With heroin and opioid overdose deaths at an all time high in the United States, this new alternative offers one more beneficial path for anyone struggling with opioid relapse and chronic withdrawal. Importantly, Probuphine only treats the physical withdrawal from opioids such that the underlying psychological factors of addiction must still be treated through counseling and other support approaches.

The Wall Street Journal has an extensive article on this new medication and the historically important role of methadone and oral buprenorphine. In the article, Nora Volkow (director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse) is quoted as saying:

Scientific evidence suggests that maintenance treatment with these medications in the context of behavioral treatment and recovery support are more effective in the treatment of opioid-use disorder than short-term detoxification programs aimed at abstinence.

Over 47,000 people died in the U.S. of drug overdoses in 2014. A majority of these were attributed to heroin and prescription painkillers. With continued coverage in the media and ongoing community discussion, more answers and helpful interventions will hopefully see the light of day.

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President Proposes Funding Increase for Treating Opioid Addiction

funding drug treatmentPresident Obama recently attended the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Professionals and concerned citizens used the forum to explore ways to address America’s rising opioid addiction problem.

The President agreed that increased funding is needed to raise access to drug treatment in an effort to simply avoid incarcerating those addicted to heroin and other potentially deadly opioids.

The NBC article referenced here states that over 28,000 people died last year from opioid overdose in the United States. This number has quadrupled since 1999. Many of the overdoses occur from various opioids laced with a powerful prescription pain killer called fentanyl.

Methadone and buprenorphone (the active ingredient in suboxone) are the leading medications used in medication-assisted treatment approaches. Naloxone is another important medication which has been used to reverse opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives and is being widely adopted by first responders and police departments across the country due to its proven effectiveness.

President Obama expressed that the U.S. will move toward improved drug treatment access for opioid addicted individuals and that the issue of addiction will be dealt with more as a public health issue as opposed to strictly a criminal act. Included in the proposed legislation is doubling the patient limit such that doctors can treat up to 200 people with buprenorphine (suboxone). The current patient limit is 100.

The Department of Health and Human Services is reported to have committed another $94 million to community health centers to boost their provision of medication-assisted treatment in poor and isolated communities. Many rural areas of the U.S. have very limited availability of opioid addiction services.

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PBS Special on Heroin Addiction in America

frontlinePBS’ Frontline series of specials just aired a compelling documentary by the name of Chasing Heroin. The two hour investigation profiles a number of individuals who became addicted to opioids, some of whom chose methadone or suboxone to help them successfully manage their addictive disorder.

The documentary highlights that addiction is best addressed as a medical illness instead of a punishable criminal act. There is widespread consensus today that putting large numbers of people in prison for drug use has not been an effective approach to the problem of drug addiction.

Incarcerating users is very costly and ultimately does not lead to remaining drug free once released from prison. For those suffering with a chronic opioid addiction, medication assisted treatment has become the standard of care proven to be most effective – particularly for those individuals who have tried others forms of treatment that did not work.

The Frontline documentary linked above is very informative, but please be forewarned that it does display vivid scenes of drug use that some viewers may find disturbing. So please exercise appropriate caution before viewing.

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New Hampshire Addiction Crisis

womens-recoveryNBC News recently reported on the heroin crisis that New Hampshire residents have witnessed. Unprecedented numbers of people from all age groups are struggling with opioid addiction. Many are now deceased with estimates putting the number at nearly 400 who died from a fatal overdose just last year.

New Hampshire is reported to have no state-funded methadone programs to assist those experiencing severe heroin and other opioid addiction. There are several private clinics, but those are currently full with waiting lists for individuals who hope to one day be admitted.

Diane St. Onge, director of the Manchester Comprehensive Treatment Center, is quoted as saying “We need more treatment options. People’s lives are at stake.” Her clinic is presently operating at capacity with 540 patients according to the NBC article. Scores of untreated addicted adults are seeking treatment. When clinics are at capacity, they are forced to place prospective patients on a waiting list.

It is estimated that a significant number of the overdoses are related to heroin and other opiates being mixed with fentanyl and other substances. This makes the potency of the drugs being used almost impossible to predict thus greatly increasing the chance of accidental overdose.

Detox or medication-assisted treatment are the primary modes of intervention for those with opioid addiction. While there has been a substantial increase nationwide in the number of clinics dedicated to treating opioid addiction, there remain numerous areas throughout the country where methadone and suboxone support services are not yet readily available.

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