Oakland Methadone Treatment

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This city has a number of 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.


Oakland Methadone Clinics
VA Mental Health Clinic 525 21st Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 587-3400
Addiction Research and Treatment Inc 1124 International Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 533-0800
BAART Behavioral Health Services Inc 1124 International Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 533-0800
Berkeley Addiction Treatment Services 2975 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-0200
Lifeline Treatment Services Inc 9442-9500 International Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94603
(510) 777-8448

 

Oakland Buprenorphine Providers
Beth A. Schweitzer, M.D. 4275 Coolidge Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 437-4373
Richard Owen Murdoch, M.D. Downtown Oakland Clinic
1411 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 437-4372
Frank Eugene Staggers, Jr., M.D. 75 Anair Way
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 635-1273
Carolyn Ann Schuman, M.D. 1124 International Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 533-0800
Susan Ferguson, M.D. 14th Street Clinic and Medical Group
1124 International Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 533-0800
Kumar Vedantham, M.D. VA Mental Health Clinic
Oakland Army Base/2505 West 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 587-3442
David Earl Cohn, M.D. Kaiser CDRP
969 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 251-3946
Marilyn Ancel, M.D. Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency
969 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 251-3942
Paul S. Weinberg, M.D. 969 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 251-3919
Nicola Longmuir, M.D. Kaiser Oakland CDRP
969 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 251-3967
Timothy Shijade Lo, M.D. 6699 Telegraph Avenue
Ste 202
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 647-5101
Brendan Patrick Morley, M.D. 6633 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 647-5101
Charles W. Stewart-Carballo, M.D. 368 28th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 645-5700
Diana Lynn Sylvestre, M.D. 2862 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 834-5442
Lester Eugene Love, M.D. 616 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 451-4270
Prapti Mehta, M.D. 525 21st Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 587-3495
Ramona Elaine Davis, M.D. 1305 Franklin Street
Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 834-7103
Kaiser Permanente
Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
969 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 251-0121
MPI
Treatment Services
3012 Summit Street
6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 652-7000

ADAPT Pharma Provides Free Narcan to Colleges

A Presidential briefing on March 19, 2018 in Manchester, NH was used to announce that ADAPT Pharma has volunteered to provide, for free, the life-saving medication NARCAN® to all U.S. high schools, colleges and universities.

NARCAN® is a name brand overdose antidote (based on naloxone) that restores breathing and consciousness in opioid overdose victims typically within five minutes.

ADAPT Pharma offers a 40% discount off wholesale pricing on the Narcan nasal spray to Law Enforcement agencies and Firefighters as well as non-profit community based organizations.

Seamus Mulligan, CEO of ADAPT, commented in a company press release that ADAPT is committed to raising awareness of opioid overdose risks and distributing NARCAN® widely so that it will be available to bystanders and emergency personnel who can offer immediate help in the event of a crisis.

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What Is Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an opioid treatment medication that works very differently than either methadone or buprenorphine.

Naltrexone functions as an opioid blocker that interferes with the euphoric effects of opiates. Unlike methadone, naltrexone does not eliminate opioid withdrawal. So it is typically only begun following a successful period of opioid detoxification.

Naltrexone is taken as a pill or as a time-released injectable. It blocks the feeling of getting high thus deterring a person from continuing in active drug use with opioids. If there’s no pay off for using, why do it?

Some individuals who don’t necessarily require methadone or buprenorphine can effectively utilize naltrexone as a component of their recovery program. Vivitrol is the time-released, branded version of naltrexone that is taken once monthly as an injection. With Vivitrol, the naltrexone remains active in the bloodstream for 30 days and blocks the effects of heroin or other opiate use. This reinforces one’s focus on recovery choices and can reduce opioid cravings.

Patients receiving naltrexone may develop a lowered tolerance to opioids over time, and should remain aware of the risk of opioid overdose should they relapse. The medication is also used in the treatment of alcohol dependency and has been shown to reduce the euphoric effects of alcohol consumption.

Naltrexone is not to be confused with Naloxone. Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal medication that has recently been in the news for saving thousands of lives across the country.

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Billions To Be Allocated In Fight Against Opioid Crisis

The national budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year includes a request for $13 billion in funding for opioid treatment and related services. This linked Newsweek article states that $3 billion would be allocated in 2018 and another $10 billion in 2019.

Many opioid treatment programs across the country are currently able to add patient slots when additional funding is made available. The opioid crisis has flooded many clinics that are already at maximum census due to limited State and Medicaid funding.

A number of private pay clinics have opened in recent years as the need for medication-assisted treatment increased. If a substantial allocation of government funds becomes available, opioid treatment services will finally come into sharp national focus as scores of people finally obtain the help they need to stabilize and to recover.

In treating opioid addiction, research has shown that traditional abstinence-based programs which do not utilize medication assistance have a failure rate of 90%. Medication-assistance is a critical factor in helping opioid addicted people move into sustained recovery. The proposed $13 billion earmarked for opioid treatment services can make a huge difference all across the U.S. Methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) coupled with counseling and drug testing comprise the gold standard of care in treating opioid addiction.

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Opioid Treatment Making A Difference

There is a great article in the Bismarck Tribune about the expansion of methadone services in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo, like most other areas of the country, was impacted in recent years by numerous opioid-related overdose deaths.

The article reports that Cass County had 31 overdose deaths in 2016, but that number was reduced to 15 in 2017, due in part to the increased availability of naloxone (the medication that reverses opioid overdose).

While local ambulance calls have decreased in relation to opioid overdoses, the problem of opioid addiction remains a widespread and primary concern in the community.

The Tribune story reveals that more local residents are now enrolled in opioid treatment and are receiving the life-saving medication, methadone. Treatment that combines medication-assistance and counseling is the industry standard in quality care for those addicted to opioids.

The new Fargo-based clinic is reported to have 164 active patients currently enrolled in the methadone program. The clinic director, Mark Schaefer, is quoted as saying that while enrollment has been rapid, there remain many people in the local area with untreated opioid addiction.

The availability of treatment is making a difference. And medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone are providing a much needed solution to America’s opioid crisis.

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Shifting Tide Favors Medication in Opioid Treatment

The nation’s opioid epidemic has reached fever pitch and is now being spotlighted by all levels of local and national media. This is obviously good news.

At the center of this discussion is what can be done to reduce opioid fatalities, and to provide addicted people a real opportunity to regain control over their lives. This discussion inevitably leads to examining the benefit of medication-assisted treatment.

Methadone and buprenorphine are the two leading alternatives for helping patients deal with the perpetual withdrawal sickness that comes from a physiological dependency on opioids. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose.

In recent congressional testimony to members of Congress, Scott Gottlieb (Commissioner of the FDA) specifically heralded the life-saving benefits of methadone and similar medications.

His testimony included comments on the wealth of information behind the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment. It is vitally important that legislative decision-makers obtain a clear understanding about what works and what does not in regard to coping successfully with this opioid crisis.

Time is of the essence because the present overdose fatality rate in the United States is over 64,000 per year. This number is beyond alarming. Here is an article that points to a possible positive shift in communities’ openness to having local opioid treatment nearby. Hopefully, this becomes a trend.

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