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
Treatment Services
3012 Summit Street
6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 652-7000

Over 1 Billion Dollars to Fight Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.5 billion in an effort to support States in their fight against opioid addiction.

The grant programs will provide funding to increase access to “24/7 Opioid Treatment Programs”. $104 million will be specifically allocated to bring treatment services to rural areas of the country that have been historically underserved.

While stabilizing and rebuilding lives through medication-assisted treatment is a priority, the prevention of overdose deaths is a distinct goal of the new funding initiative. Major confiscation of fentanyl continues month to month as law enforcement authorities intercept huge quantities of the drug pouring across the southern border.

Another $20.5 million is being earmarked for the development of programs that help connect individuals with addiction issues to local community resources that can enhance their overall recovery effort.

Additional focus will be placed on increasing the availability of naloxone which is the emergency medication that can quickly reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Thousands of lives have been saved in the last 10 years through the timely administration of naloxone to those who have overdosed.

The White House report outlines further efforts to disrupt global drug trafficking through the addition of more law enforcement officers.

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First Ever Mobile Methadone Clinic

Providence, Rhode Island is the first location in the United States to offer a mobile methadone service. This article profiles CODAC Behavioral Health who operate a 27 foot RV that has been modified to function as a mobile methadone unit.

The concept behind this innovative approach is to bring essential medication-assisted treatment services to the rural areas of Rhode Island where many prospective patients are underserved.

Access to methadone and buprenorphine-based treatments remains an ongoing challenge as nearly 83% of those with opioid use disorder (OUD) are not yet utilizing medication to help with their opioid withdrawal symptoms. Opioid withdrawal sickness is the primary driver of illicit opioid use, opioid overdose, and lifestyle disruption.

CODAC received their FDA approval in July 2022 to begin dispensing methadone from their mobile unit.

Methadone clinics are a lifesaver for many thousands of recovering individuals across the country. There are a number of new clinics opening each week, but the provision of a methadone mobile service offers an interesting alternative that will be closely watched and evaluated in the years ahead.

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BrightView Offers Local Addiction Treatment

BrightView provides high quality addiction treatment with a specialty in opioid addiction recovery. Currently, the organization operates in six states: Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

BrightView was originally founded by a doctor, a lawyer, and a businessman with the intent of transforming addiction medicine. In Cincinnati, opioid addiction had severely impacted the local community as it had done in so many other areas of the country.

Consequently, BrightView founders wanted to design a system of service delivery that would make it easy for people affected by opioid addiction to get the help they needed with minimal obstacles and delays.

While most BrightView clinics specialize in the use of buprenorphine, suboxone, and vivitrol, several clinics also offer methadone. Their recovery model is built upon a combination of top tier medication-assisted treatment in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies.

In addition to opioid-specific treatment services, BrightView also offers specialized treatment for alcohol, methamphetamine, and other substance use disorders. Being patient-centered is a hallmark of the company’s approach to helping.

Most BrightView facilities can see a patient within 24 hours of calling for an appointment. If interested in contacting BrightView, you can reach them at 866-928-5995.

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Physician Prescribed Medications Only

There are plenty of illegally manufactured medications of unknown origin currently flooding the country. In addition to heroin, methamphetamines, and other highly addictive substances, common prescriptions for managing psychiatric disorders are now accessible on the street as well.

Often these seemingly “legit” meds are manufactured outside of the U.S. where they are not subject to FDA oversight. Some of them are laced with fentanyl as is now occurring with street opiates, cocaine, and ecstasy.

Fentanyl availability is becoming widespread and creating an epidemic of accidental overdoses. News of fentanyl drug busts are being reported with increasing frequency since U.S. law enforcement and border patrol have stepped up their efforts to confiscate this deadly drug before it hits the streets.

It is important to remember that medications provided by methadone clinics and buprenorphine-approved doctors are beneficial drugs that are carefully formulated by pharmaceutical companies operating under FDA guidelines and safety checks. Please, only take medications prescribed by your doctor.

Every OTP (opioid treatment program) clinic and prescribing physician aim to custom fit the medication and dosage that will best treat your opioid use disorder. Self-medicating with drugs obtained on the street is highly dangerous. Your recovery success depends on you believing in your treatment team and relying upon their medical expertise, and their administration of safe, approved medications designed to manage your opioid withdrawal symptoms.

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Longer Duration Opioid Treatment Improves Outcomes

A new study by the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin found that a patient’s length of treatment is directly tied to lower risk of overdose.

In particular, treating opioid addiction with medication for at least 60 days generated a 61% reduction in the incidence of overdose.

Numerous other studies over the last two decades have shown that positive outcomes are tied to longer duration in outpatient addiction treatment. Not only does greater length of time in treatment allow for physical stabilization with methadone or buprenorphine, but it provides each patient with time to develop improved coping skills and relapse prevention capability.

Higher levels of functioning are able to be achieved, such as gainful employment and improved parenting, when a patient is able to remain in addiction treatment for longer periods of time.

Marguerite Burns, who led the Wisconsin study, found that recovery success and overdose prevention are enhanced the longer that patients take medication over a 12 month period. Medication-assistance plays a key role in helping opioid addicted patients find long lasting recovery.

Impressively, the study was based on treatment outcomes recorded for 293,160 Medicaid patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder.

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