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Pittsburgh has various treatment alternatives for people struggling with a chronic opioid addiction. Prescription opioids have become a substantial nationwide problem with more people now dependent on them than heroin. With the unprecedented rise in opioid addiction over the past decade, methadone and suboxone have become increasingly needed as treatment interventions to assist those coping with opiate withdrawal symptoms. Pittsburgh maintains a significant number of approved physicians able to write suboxone prescriptions. Suboxone is now more popular and is widely available across the U.S. based on its positive track record in alleviating opioid withdrawal. If you are a local physician aiming to treat Pittsburgh 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.





Pittsburgh Buprenorphine Suboxone Doctors
Allan William Clark, M.D. 850 Boyce Road
Suite 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15017
(724) 260-5179
Anthony J. Cancilla, M.D. 600 Washington Avenue
Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15017
(412) 257-5900
April S. Clark, M.D. Summit Medical Services Pittsburgh
3121 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 281-1521
Ronald Rager, M.D. 575 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 734-1100
Parviz Jian, M.D. 575 Lincoln Avenue
Suite LL
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 766-6888
Joseph Fine, M.D. 575 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 734-1100
David Louis Blinn, M.D. 575 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 761-5535
Dilwara Begum, M.D. 575 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 734-1100
Frank R. Santamaria, M.D. 1517 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 232-3555
Paul D. Bianculli, M.D. 575 Lincoln Avenue
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Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 734-1100
Nadeem Ahmed, M.D. 330 South 9th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 488-4040
Daniel David Janiak, D.O. Crafton Medical Center
1 Walsh Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 921-1104
Michael Xuehui Su, M.D. Oxford Building 3501 Forbes Ave, Rm 926
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 246-5948
Frances M. Southwick, D.O. 117 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 404-4000
John A. Gurklis, Jr, M.D. VA Pittsburgh Health Care System
7180 Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 365-5160
Daniel Paul Lapp, M.D. 117 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 404-4000
Frank Alfred Kunkel, M.D. 748 North Negley Avenue
Suite X
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(724) 591-5236
Ben Peter Jagiello, M.D. 748 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(724) 591-5236
Robert A. Lowenstein, M.D. 211 North Whitfield Street
Suite 475
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 661-5437
Arnold J. Snitzer, M.D. 748 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(724) 591-5236
Abimbola Yabo Talabi, M.D. 748 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(724) 591-5236
Felicia Young, M.D. 7227 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 244-4700
Carol Zisowitz, M.D. Wpic
6714 Kelly St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 363-7383
George McCollum, M.D. 514 Beltzhoover Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
(412) 431-3080
Norman J. Frey III, D.O. 20 Bailey Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412) 381-4200
Nosratollah Danaie, M.D. 20 Bailey Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412) 381-1600
Gulam Ali Akther Noorani, M.D. Allegheny General Hospital
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(201) 394-7271
Harvey D. Shipkovitz, M.D. 1312 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 321-0255
Muhammad Hamza Habib, M.D. UPMC Montefiore 933 West
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 692-4839
Julie A. Kmiec, D.O. 3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 363-7383
Antoine B. Douaihy, M.D. 3811 O'Hara Street
Suite 1059
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 586-9537
Gerald D. Klug, M.D. 3528 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-1406
Venkat Laxman Reddy, M.D. Priority Health Care
3528 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-1406
Phyllis Montellese, M.D. 128 North Craig Street
Suite 216
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-3200
Jordan Friedman Karp, M.D. WPIC; Bellefield Tower location
100 N Bellefield Ave. Lower Level Pharm.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 246-6048
Garrett Matthew Sparks, M.D. 3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 586-9331
Jessica Cipoletti Derreberry, M.D. Oxford Building
3501 Forbes Avenue, Room 926
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 246-5948
Duane Gerald Spiker, M.D. WPIC – BT 806
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 246-5400
Phu Gia Phan, M.D. WPIC, UPMC
3811 O'Hair Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 246-5710
Curtis Vincent Mayernik, M.D. Western Psychiatric Institute of UPMC
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 246-5819
Angelo Constantino, M.D. 200 Delafield Road, Suite 4005
200 Medical Arts Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 784-2323
Fereydoon Daniel Radfar, M.D. 2987 West Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 344-4010
Manuel D. Reich, D.O. 6640 Forest Glen Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(724) 260-5179
Ben Peter Jagiello, M.D. 1900 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(724) 591-5236
Frank Alfred Kunkel, M.D. 1900 Murray Avenue
Suite 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(724) 591-5236
Robert A. Woolhandler, M.D. 5562 Wilkins Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-0500
Leonard Merkow, M.D. 3301 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 521-0477
Paul S. Caplan, M.D. 1900 Murray Avenue
Suite 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(888) 309-4738



Committing Yourself To Recovery From Addiction

mental-healthDrug and alcohol addiction are treatable illnesses. They can be successfully managed and “arrested” such that they do not continue to harm a person’s life or compromise their health. Just as with any progressive illness, a patient should commit to a course of treatment that has been proven to eradicate their illness or reduce its impact. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, morbid obesity, alzheimer’s – all of these have established medical treatments which can increase a person’s chance of survival and/or quality of life.

Addiction is both a physiological and behavioral illness. With opioid addiction in particular, there is a strong biological/physical basis as well as a highly significant psychological component. When both of these are adequately addressed, a patient has a new opportunity to recover.

For most individuals with a severe opioid addiction, is critically important to receive physical relief from the discomfort of opioid withdrawal symptoms. But this must also happen in conjunction with behavioral health counseling. Counseling addresses the emotional & psychological factors that contributed to the development of addiction in the first place, and counseling teaches the skills necessary to remain drug free over the long-term and to hopefully avoid future relapses.

Many people find that if they neglect one of these two key areas, then they are more vulnerable to relapse and rapid deterioration. When opioid detox is not a viable option for a particular patient, methadone and suboxone are clearly the medications of choice for addressing opioid withdrawal. Counseling provides the other half of the equation. All methadone programs across the country (as well as all suboxone-approved physicians) are required to insure that their patients are receiving some level of addiction counseling.

The essential ingredient is this mix is patient commitment. Having a genuine desire for a drug free life is as important as anything else. Becoming ready for change is a process in itself and varies from person to person. It is true that many people find their way into recovery because of a recent crisis in which things get so bad they hit a new low, or bottom. This does not have to happen though.

Sometimes hitting “bottom” brings with it dire consequences. If you have been contemplating making a change, please remember that it is not too late. There are many advantages to acting today as opposed to waiting another day. Addiction loves procrastination. Recovery begins now with your commitment to doing something about your problem!

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1-800 Counselor Phone Support

800-counselorPalm Partners is a drug rehabilitation and recovery program located in Delray Beach, Florida. The organization provides a 24 hour hotline for individuals interested in learning about addiction treatment options.

Their website also provides an online chat alternative for speaking with an addiction counselor. Individuals facing addiction often alternate between being sick & tired of what they are going through and just giving in to the addiction as a result of being tired of the fight. Apprehension and feelings of fear have kept many addicted people from actively seeking help.

Speaking with supportive professionals (as well as others in recovery) can provide hope that people really can recover, and regain their quality of life.

From year to year, there has been a continual rise in the United States in the prevalence of addictive disorders. Over the past 5 years in particular, opioid addiction has moved into the forefront of both media coverage and general public awareness.

Some professionals contend that addiction treatment resources have shrunk over the last 15 years as a result of cuts in state funding and third party insurance coverage. What the next few years holds remains a question at this point in time. While there is interest in expanding addiction treatment services across the country, government funding is limited due to the growing national deficit and inability of government leaders to revitalize the economy through appropriate business incentives.

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Cassava Recovery App For Mobile Phones

cassava-appA new mobile phone app for recovering people was released last month by Elements Behavioral Health based out of Long Beach, California. The app is called Cassava and it provides a number of nifty features such as a daily reflection, a support group meetings finder based on your location, and a personal sobriety tracker that measures one’s number of days drug free.

In addition to days sober, the app allows users to record in a personal journal format their moods, daily nutrition, and even sleep patterns. An important part of growth in recovery is following new disciplines and remaining aware of self-care needs. The Cassava app can function as a useful toot for recovering people aiming to feed their recovery on a daily basis.

Another potentially helpful feature of the app is the inclusion of “recovery tips”. These function as reminders and suggestions for ways to cope with relapse risks. Addicted people, particularly in the early phase of recovery, are more vulnerable to sudden urges to use and often need a means of redirecting their thinking in order to sidestep a build-up of thoughts that feed the urge to use. Reading recovery literature has always been a potentially useful action step that helps to short circuit urges and cravings.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple website. While it is designed for Apple iPhone 5.0 and above, I was able to install the app on version 4.0 and it worked well.

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Stepping Onto The Path of Recovery

the-pathAn important consideration in examining the disease of addiction is the recognition that “recovery” is an incremental process. Many people facing their addiction will experience brief setbacks, and some will struggle for years before they are able to remain on the path of positive change.

As a counselor, I have listened to many recovering individuals talk about their resistance to change. Addiction is a persistent disease of disruptive thinking and behavior highly subject to repetition. Addicts will repeat the same bad “choices” as a result of many factors. Scientific research has shown that habitual patterns of behavior are neurochemically driven deep within the brain. These patterns can be reinforced by one’s social connections, immediate environment, and underlying belief system.

With severe levels of addiction sustained over years, it can become difficult for people to shift their lifestyle, thinking, and decision-making toward a healthy, recovery-oriented mindset. In 12 Step recovery, there is the popular expression called “hitting bottom”. This expression is typically used to describe a specific time in which a person has lost so much, or suffered such a painful crisis, that their readiness for change finally emerges. This window of opportunity is often times short-lived. Hitting bottom will compel some people to finally take the right action – to seek help – to admit they have a problem. If this happens, then a decision to step onto the path of recovery may actually occur.

Active addition is often characterized by a short range view in which consequences are not thoroughly considered. Focusing on consequences interferes with the compulsive desire to use. And even then, a recognition of consequences to oneself and family is often not enough to change the decision to get high. With opiate addiction, the decision to use is overwhelmingly controlled by opiate withdrawal sickness. This never-ending physical sickness takes people away from recovery and keeps them trapped in a desperate existence centered around doing whatever is necessary to avoid being “dope sick”.

Fortunately, this dilemma can be addressed through medication-assisted treatments (methadone, suboxone, naltrexone). These do not replace the need for a recovery program, but they become an important part of one’s overall personal recovery program. Staying on the path of recovery is the next critical phase after stepping onto the path. Medication-assisted treatment greatly aids recovering addicts in staying on the proper path. Science has proven that those with the greatest chance of long-term, successful sobriety are those that remain in treatment and recovery. Said differently, a person’s chance of recovery success is statistically improved the longer they remain in treatment.

When a person no longer has to face the crippling weight of daily withdrawal sickness, they have a chance to re-approach their overall recovery and the opportunities that lie ahead of them.

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