Little Rock Methadone Treatment

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Little Rock has several area methadone clinics and buprenorphine-approved local physicians authorized to prescribe suboxone for the treatment of opioid dependence. Methadone and suboxone remain the two leading opioid replacement medications. Both are highly effective at eliminating painful opioid withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and chills. Below are links to more info on methadone program effectiveness, opioid dependency, addiction & recovery counseling, and job openings in methadone clinics.





Little Rock Methadone Clinics
Catar Clinic 4260 Stockton Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117
(501) 664-7833
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/ SAT Clinic 4301 West Markham St., Slot #835
Little Rock, AR 72250
(501) 526-8400

 

Little Rock Buprenorphine Providers
Gregory Stephen Kaczenski, M.D. 801 Scott Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 221-7238
Richard Phillip Doncer, M.D. 4260 Stockton Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117
(501) 916-9129
Miguel A. Casillas, M.D. 4260 Stockton Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117
(501) 916-9129
Teresa Maxwell, M.D. 4260 Stockton Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117
(501) 916-9129
Abdalla A. Tahiri, M.D. 9600 Baptist Health Drive
Suite 340
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 217-8500
Samuel Tyler Bayles, M.D. LifeStrategies
5918 Lee Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 663-2199
Robert Bernard Reichard, M.D. 500 South University Avenue
Suite 305
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 372-7246
Joseph Benjamin Guise, M.D. 4301 West Markham Street
Slot 589
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-9630
Mohit Chopra, M.D. University of Arkansas for Med. Science
4301 West Markham Street, Unit 825
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-5900
Michael J. Mancino, M.D. 4301 West Markham Street
UAMS Department of Psychiatry, # 848
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 526-8400
Leslie G. Smith, M.D. 2801 Lee Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 660-6644
Steven Blevins, M.D. 4301 West Markham
Slot 568
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-5900
Christopher Scott Cargile, M.D. 4301 West Markham
Slot 568
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-5900
Mike C. Umerah, M.D. 500 South University Avenue
Suite 705
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 664-2991
Lara Fleming Huffman, M.D. 4400 Shuffield Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-9300
Samuel Tyler Bayles, M.D. 2801 Lee Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 660-6644
Anne Rowland Trussell, M.D. 9501 Baptist Health Drive
Suite 940
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 228-6122
Jeanne Ann Murphy, M.D. 500 South University Avenue
Suite 717
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 372-7246
Zachary Neil Stowe, M.D. 4301 West Markham Street, Unit #843
Psychiatric Research Institute
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199
(501) 526-8201
Bradley Canada Diner, M.D. 4 Executive Center Court
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 448-0060
Jeremy Ryan Thompson, M.D. P.O. Box 242615
Little Rock, AR 72223
(501) 291-2324
Kristy Stepps King, M.D. 500 South University Avenue
Suite 305
Little Rock, AR 75503
(501) 372-7246


Suboxone Facilitates Safety and Recovery

suboxone-doctorSuboxone is a leading medication in the treatment of opioid dependence and has been available since 2002 when the FDA approved Subutex (buprenorphine hydrochloride) and Suboxone tablets (buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride).

Suboxone tablets have since been replaced by the thin sublingual suboxone film that is also dissolved under the tongue. While methadone has been highly successful for several decades, suboxone has expanded the range of options for those suffering with opioid withdrawal.

Fighting off opioid withdrawal is at the core of opioid addiction and is chiefly responsible for the stress that addicted individuals feel as they try to function normally each day. Suboxone not only helps patients eliminate opioid withdrawal sickness and associated cravings, but it also brings the opportunity to function again as an employee, a parent, or a spouse.

Many patients report not only feeling relief from the welcomed absence of withdrawal sickness, but recapturing the focus necessary to make strides in other important areas of their … Read more

Methadone Maintenance For Opioid Treatment

methadone-and-opioid-treatmentOpioid Treatment is a category that includes several different interventions or approaches relating to opioid use disorders. People sometimes mistake opioid treatment for “opioid detox” when they are technically two different processes.

Opioid detox refers to the process of helping an opioid addicted individual discontinue their use of opioids and be medically monitored as the body withdraws from them. In a supervised setting, a person is typically assisted through a short-term opioid detox (3-10 days) by the administration of various medications used to manage withdrawal symptoms like clonidine (to guard against high blood pressure), vistaril (to reduce nausea and anxiety), and even buprenorphine (to minimize the severity of the opioid withdrawal process).

There are also variations on an opioid detox referred to as a taper. A taper often occurs on an outpatient basis and involves a more gradual reduction in dosage of either methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) over time. This taper may take as long as 90 days and … Read more

Pregnancy and Opioid Treatment

pregnancyWhen a woman is pregnant and addicted to opioids, she faces extraordinary stress and very often a wave of judgment from those around her that is emotionally painful and difficult to deal with. The criticism of others is understandable since no one wants to see an unborn baby placed at risk through the mother’s drug use. But this cauldron of angry emotion and public condemnation often overwhelms a pregnant mother, who may already feel guilty, and it pushes her further into isolation and inaction. This isolation only places the mother and unborn baby at greater risk of overdose and possible miscarriage.

Fact: It has been thoroughly researched and the findings conclusive that pregnant opioid-addicted women have a much better chance of carrying their baby to term and having a healthy baby when the mother is receiving medication-assisted treatment. Every day, addicted mothers receiving methadone or buprenorphine give birth to healthy babies that thrive and develop normally.

Methadone and buprenorphine … Read more

BHG Offering Methadone and Suboxone in Memphis

bhg-logoTennessee is a leading state in the incidence of opioid addiction and opioid overdose. This is most likely a direct result of Tennessee being ranked one of the country’s leading states for the prescription of opioids as well as benzodiazepines like xanax and klonopin.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report that 46 people die every day in the United States from overdose on prescription painkillers. They also have documented that 259 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2012 alone by U.S. healthcare providers. This stunning proliferation of opioids has sparked national concerns about opioid addiction and why painkillers have been made so readily available.

In Tennessee, Behavioral Health Group (BHG) have responded to the crisis by providing opioid treatment in a variety of Tennessee cities. They currently operate three clinics in Memphis: Memphis North, Memphis Mid-Town, and Memphis South Treatment Centers under the BHG banner.

BHG also have clinics in Knoxville, NashvilleRead more

Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdose and Saves Lives

naloxone-kitMore communities across the U.S. are facing the devastation of opioid overdose. The impact on families is profound as they often struggle with questions of “Could we have done more?” and ponder what else must be done to address this growing national epidemic.

Highlighted in the news this week was the heroin overdose death of a Louisville cheerleader and the suspected opioid overdose death of a 27 year old man in North Carolina found slumped behind the wheel of his pick-up truck with an empty bottle of painkillers and a spoon beside him.

Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist and consequently knocks opiates off of the body’s opioid receptor sites thus reversing central nervous system and respiratory depression which are the most dangerous consequences of opioid overdose. In many cases, naloxone quickly restores breathing and allows overdose victims to regain consciousness in a relatively short period of time. Naloxone … Read more

Canadian Press Publishes Article on Benefits of Methadone

canadian-methadone-clinicsFurther validating the merits of opioid treatment using methadone is a recent article by The Canadian Press outlining the findings of Canada’s Medical Health Officer in British Columbia, Dr. Perry Kendall.

Dr. Kendall’s report documents that individuals in opioid substitution therapy are twice as likely to survive compared to those who obtain opioids illegally on the street. Those in opioid addiction therapy were also found to be much more cost effective to society (about $4200 per year for treatment) compared to those with untreated addictions whose costs are estimated to be $45,000 per year collectively in health complications, law enforcement involvement, and other social problems such as loss of income.

The province of British Columbia is currently treating over 15,000 residents for opioid addiction. Their health minister, Terry Lake, is quoted as saying that he was encouraged by the findings in the report and that he knows opioid substitution therapy is not only saving lives, but equates to significant savings … Read more