Montana Methadone Clinics



Montana Methadone Clinics
Community Medical Services- Billings 2040 Rosebud Drive Suite 7 Billings (406) 969-4812
Community Medical Services-Kalispell 795 Sunset BLVD Kalispell (406) 260-4181
Community Medical Services-Missoula 2415 Catlin Street Missoula (406) 549-0114
 

Montana has its methadone clinics and (buprenorphine) suboxone doctors concentrated mostly in and around its metropolitan urban centers. With the recent rise in opioid addiction problems across the United States, more medical providers are preparing themselves to assist people suffering with moderate to severe opioid dependency. While some individuals are able to detox successfully from opioids under supervised care, many discover that medication-assisted treatment is necessary to help them either avoid painful opioid withdrawal or to facilitate their journey into long term recovery. Methadone and (buprenorphine) suboxone are the two most popular & effective medication-assisted therapies available for opiate addicted persons. Both medications are FDA-approved, SAMHSA endorsed, and have been successfully utilized in treating opioid addiction for more than a decade. With methadone in particular, its success profile dates back to over 40 years in the United States.



Achieving Stability in the Recovery Process

Opioid addiction is one of the more challenging substance use disorders to confront and manage because of its physical dependency characteristics. Once the process of physical addiction has taken hold, avoiding daily withdrawal becomes a high hurdle.

Because of this daily dilemma, it becomes difficult to remain focused on other aspects of recovery. It’s the law of “first things first” that applies when tackling any problem. There is a natural order and sequence which must be followed when trying to solve a complex task. Opioid addiction recovery is no exception.

Obtaining relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms is a very important first step in addressing opioid addiction. This is why medication-assisted treatment is specifically identified as a medical best practice. Science and years of exhaustive research have proven (not just suggested) that treatment coupled with medication-assistance offers the greatest probability of long-term success when trying to overcome moderate to severe opioid addiction.

Fortunately, more people are becoming aware of the need for buprenorphine, methadone, and other medications that can play a vital role in stabilizing an opioid addicted individual at the onset of their personal recovery.

Historically, efforts to come off of opioids in a detox setting have been often unsuccessful because many detoxes used insufficient medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Consequently, patients would typically begin to get sick in 1-2 days with their withdrawal symptoms becoming intolerable. This can lead to patients abandoning the detox effort and a quick return to illicit opiates.

However, the tide is turning. As the American opioid crisis continues to impact families and U.S. society, many more physicians, lawmakers, and government representatives are gaining a quick education on the enormous value of medication-assisted treatment. Methadone is at the forefront of this new awareness as is buprenorphine-based products like Suboxone.

Appropriate medications used responsibly and under a doctor’s supervision provide stability, hope, and opportunity.

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Methadone Availability

Imagine trying to medically manage advanced diabetes with no insulin or grand mal seizures without anticonvulsant medication.

Modern medicine has raised our standard of living and sustained life in ways that people could not have imagined just 100 years ago.

In the cases cited above of diabetes and epilepsy, medication functions as a miracle intervention that saves the patient from suffering and death, and allows him or her to lead a full and productive life.

Science is clearly instructing us that addiction is a treatable illness which can at times be successfully managed with medication assistance, similar to the stabilizing role that insulin plays in the life of the diabetic patient.

A critical element of opioid addiction is the physical dependency which leads to debilitating opioid withdrawal symptoms. For many individuals, the persistence and severity of opioid withdrawal leads them to chronic failure in any effort to recover. With the assistance of methadone (or buprenorphine), many of these people will finally be able to cope with their illness by having their withdrawal symptoms alleviated.

The value of relief from opioid withdrawal is monumental. It is often the first major step toward being able to face one’s addiction. Medication assistance is good science, and it opens a door that was likely closed for many years. The value of having a new start is priceless. We only have one life. It is worth saving. Whether it’s diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, or addiction – specific medications can help a patient restore their quality of life.

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Right Path Treatment Centers

Right Path provide a variety of opioid, alcohol, and other drug addiction treatment services through their various outpatient programs located in Virginia and North Carolina.

The organization utilizes Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders, and they provide confidential consultation to individuals who are trying to determine the best of course of treatment for dealing with their addiction issues. Right Path are equipped to now provide the new Probuphine implant that utilizes time-released buprenorphine to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms as individuals pursue a solid, long-term personal recovery.

Right Path endorse the benefits of 12 Step philosophy while also incorporating a strong medical component in their opioid recovery program due to the statistically high percentage of opioid addicted people who will ultimately relapse without medication-assisted support.

Read more about Right Path’s services and counseling approach at the link above.

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Access to Addiction Treatment

methadone31Many state-funded addiction treatment services have undergone gradual cuts during the last 15 years. With the rising opioid addiction crisis in America, better access to opioid treatment is definitely needed.

There are a number of private clinics and outpatient treatment centers opening their doors in most every state. These private clinics are meeting a need for services that are often absent in more remote areas of the country.

Some new opioid treatment providers are smaller, independent methadone clinics while others are part of a larger network such as those owned by Acadia Healthcare, Behavioral Health Group (BHG), or Colonial Management Group.

They all have one thing in common, and it is that they provide their patients with medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is scientifically proven to be more effective than other forms of abstinence-based treatment.

Medication assistance typically utilizes methadone or buprenorphine-based products to alleviate a patient’s chronic opioid withdrawal. Without medication-assistance, patients often face either a detox admission or they struggle on in a daily effort to secure opiates so as to prevent the return of withdrawal sickness.

People ready for opioid treatment may find that their local methadone clinic is full, or that their nearest clinic is just too far away to access on a daily basis. For some patients, suboxone/buprenorphine may be the best solution since a prescription can be obtained for several weeks of medication before a return visit is required.

Access to treatment is currently on the radar of national healthcare officials and government legislators, many of whom have received numerous letters and calls from families requesting more funding for treatment, and better access. Media coverage has also been much improved during the past 3 years in part due to the widespread opioid crisis and its broad impact.

Supporting local opioid addiction treatment services is important for every community. It ultimately saves lives, reduces crime, and promotes recovery so that addicted patients can work and function.

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21st Century Cures Act

opioid-treatment-fundingThe U.S. House of Representatives just passed a sweeping reform, called the 21st Century Cures Act, that will infuse $1 billion in new funding earmarked for opioid treatment and prevention services.

It has taken several years of alarming statistics on the national opioid epidemic, but Congress has responded. This USA Today article provides an overview of the numbers. In addition to the $1 billion for opioid services will be another $4.8 billion for cutting-edge research around treating Alzheimers, cancer, traumatic brain injury, and other medical issues.

The bill received enormous bipartisan support and passed 392-to-26. In 2016, death by drug overdose surpassed death by car crashes and gun fatalities. The public outcry for government intervention has been steady. With so many families having been affected by addiction issues, the new funding allowance should open doors for opioid treatment particularly in rural areas where opioid services have been severely lacking.

Methadone remains the #1 medication-assisted treatment option. Buprenorphine medications are; however, making a big impact in the treatment field with a wide variety of buprenorphine-based formulations coming to market. In addition to the familiar suboxone film, are probuphine (a buprenorphine implant), subutex (an uncoated buprenorphine tablet), and bunavail.

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Montana Buprenorphine Suboxone Doctors
William Mark Reiter, M.D. 604 East Park Avenue
Anaconda, MT 59711
(406) 563-7962
Curtis Kurtz, M.D. 8707 N. Jackrabbit Lane
Suite C
Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 388-5572
Rickie Lee Pullen, D.O. Rimrock Foundation
1231 North 29th Street
Billings, MT 59101
(406) 248-3175
David G. Healow, M.D. 652 Park Lane
Billings, MT 59102-1931
(406) 855-1799
Kenneth Cornell Olson 931 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-0177
Thomas John Herr, M.D. Blackfeet Community Hospital
PO Box 760
Browning, MT 59417
(406) 338-6191
Cameron L. Grange, M.D. 802 2nd Street, SE
Cut Bank, MT 59427
(402) 318-4488
Bruce Robert Swarny Gabert Medical Services
107 Dilworth
Glendive, MT 59330
(406) 345-2654
Joan Dickson 100 1/2 South Merrill Avenue
Suite 24
Glendive, MT 59330
(406) 377-1179
Margo Johanna Hein-Muniz, MD. R.Ph. Northern Montana Hospital
Box 1231
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 262-3936
Margo Johanna Hein-Muniz, MD. R.Ph. 30 13th Street
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 262-3936
Charles Taylor Ellis, M.D. 311 Jackson Street
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 422-0414
Robert C. Sherrick, M.D. Community Medical Services
795 Sunset Boulevard, Suite F
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 260-4181
Robert T. Cale, M.D. Montana Center for Wellness & Pain
245 Windward Way, Suite 101
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-8488
Richard C. Wise, M.D. The Montana Center for Wellness
245 Windward Way, Suite 101
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-8488
Laura W. Pratt, M.D. The Montana Center for WellnessPain MGT
245 Winward Way, Suite 101
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-8488
William Hernandez-Alicea, M.D. Indian Health Service, NCSU
100 Cheyenne Avenue
Lame Deer, MT 59043
(406) 477-4400×6429
Edwin Rodriguez-Segarra, M.D. 100 Cheyenne Avenue
P.O. Box 70
Lame Deer, MT 59043
(406) 477-4400
Derek Harvey Gilbert, M.D. 2600 Wilson
Miles City, MT 59301
(406) 233-2600
Kenneth B. Cairns, M.D. Community Medical Services
2415 Catlin
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 549-0114
Daniel A. Nauts, M.D. Recovery Center Missoula
1201 Wyoming Street
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 693-7396
Andy Junior Sands, M.D. 2685 Palmer Street
Suite 17
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 721-2537
Phillip M. Holman, M.D. 2685 Palmer Street
Suite A
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 721-2537
Kenneth B. Cairns, M.D. Tribal Health Facility
P.O. Box 880
St. Ignatius, MT 59865
(406) 249-3198