San Diego Methadone Treatment

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San Diego has ample resources for individuals addicted to opiates. There are several established methadone clinics in the area as well as a number of doctors who are approved to write prescriptions for suboxone. Suboxone contains the opioid agonist, buprenorphine, which is highly effective in reducing or eliminating painful opioid withdrawal symptoms. Methadone.US has included below some links to additional info on methadone program benefits, opioid dependence, counseling assistance, and current job openings in methadone clinics.





San Diego Methadone Clinics
Home Avenue Clinic 3940 Home Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 262-8000
San Diego Health Alliance
West Office
7020 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 718-9890
Progressive Medical Specialists Inc 4974 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 286-4600
Mission Treatment Services Inc
San Diego
6691 Convoy Court
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 715-1211
Third Avenue Clinic Member of CRC
Health Group
1161 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 498-8260

 

San Diego Buprenorphine Treatment
UCSD Co-occurring Disorders Program
Integrated Treatment and Recovery
140 Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 497-6636
Home Avenue Clinic 3940 Home Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 262-8000
San Diego Health Alliance
West Office
7020 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 718-9890
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
Dept of Addiction Medicine
3420 Kenyon Street
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 221-6550
Sharp Vista Pacifica 7989 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
(800) 734-3477
Progressive Medical Specialists LLC
San Diego, CA 92115
(877) 938-4600
Progressive Medical Specialists LLC 4974 El Cajon Boulevard
Suite A
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 286-4600
(877) 938-4600
Psycare Associates Inc
Psycare Intensive Outpatient Program
4540 Kearny Villa Road
Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-1223
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
Chemical Dependency Program
7850 Vista Hill Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 694-8300
Aurora Behavioral Healthcare
San Diego
11878 Avenue of Industry
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 487-3200
Thomas S. Buehner, M.D. 120 Elm Street
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 235-4211
Frank Jan Stass, M.D. Psychiatric Associates of San Diego
2445 Fifth Avenue, Suite 402
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 696-3300
Thomas S. Buehner, M.D. 1855 First Avenue
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-4044
Jerry Daniel Ayers, M.D. 2121 5th Avenue
Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 683-9394
Claudio Cabrejos, M.D. Family Health Centers of San Diego
823 Gateway Center Way
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 515-2300
Michael Torrente, M.D. 3914 3rd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 291-4808
Daniel L. Brockett, M.D. UCSD Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive, Mail Code 9116A
San Diego, CA 92103
(949) 258-3468
Maria Paula Gonzalez, M.D. 140 Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 725-3526
Alan A. Abrams, M.D. 3551 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-2987
William C. Mathews, M.D. UCSD Medical Center, 8681
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-3995
Maryann Dean, M.D. 3003 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 277-0788
Brett L. Johnson, M.D. 140 Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 497-6611
Kaimana S. MacDonald, M.D. 3368 2nd Avenue
Suite B
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 203-7393
Theodoros F. Katsivas, M.D. UCSD Medical Center/Owen Clinic
200 West Arbor Drive, Mail Code 8681
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-3995
Ignacio J. Ramirez-Ochoa, M.D. 3024 North Park Way
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 497-1183


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

Methadone and Other Medications

doc66Methadone is FDA-approved for pain management and the treatment of opioid addiction. Methadone is a relatively safe and highly effective medication when used exactly as prescribed. It is currently in use in the United States and around the world following years of conclusive research on methadone’s efficacy and safety.

It is important for patients receiving methadone to know that it can interact with other central nervous system depressants like alcohol and benzodiazepines such as xanax, klonopin, valium, and librium as well as similarly acting non-benzodiazepine agents like ambien (a popular sleep aid). When methadone is mixed with these other medications, there is an increased risk of sedation and loss of consciousness. In extreme cases, individuals mixing methadone and other CNS depressants have gone into respiratory failure.

For those who have chosen to receive methadone in an opioid treatment program, they will discover that a proper dose of methadone not only eliminates opiate withdrawal & cravings, but will also block … Read more