St. Louis Methadone Treatment

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This city has several 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.


St. Louis Methadone Clinics
Westend Clinic Inc 5736 West Florissant Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63120
(314) 381-0560
Saint Louis Metro Treatment Center 9733 Saint Charles Rock Road, Suite 108
Breckenridge Hills, MO 63114
(314) 423-7030
Center for Life Solutions
Medication Unit
637 Dunn Road, Suite 180
Hazelwood, MO 63042
(314) 731-0100

 

St. Louis Buprenorphine Providers
David Michael Glick Family Care Health Centers
401 Holly Hills
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5190
Jack Eldon Simons, D.O. 9733 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63114
(314) 423-7030
Ravinder Goswami, M.D. 1201 Bellevue Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 647-4488
Ibe Onuka Ibe, M.D. 7750 Clayton Road
Suite 220
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 388-6248
Junaid M. Syed, M.D. 3535 South Jefferson
Suite 104
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-7990
Jo-Ellyn M. Ryall, M.D. 12166 Old Big Bend Road
Suite 210
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 909-0121
Vadim Y. Baram, M.D. 8420 Delmar Boulevard
Suite 301
St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 504-4698
Ravinder Goswami, M.D. PSYCH CARE CONSULTANTS
5000 Cedar Plaza Parkway, Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-4333
Fazle M. Yasin, M.D. 5000 Cedar Plaza Parkway
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-4333×2
Gautam Datta, M.D. 5000 Cedar Plaza Parkway
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-4333×2
Narendir T. Soorya, M.D. 5000 Cedar Plaza Parkway
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-4333×2
Azfar Malik, M.D. 5000 Cedar Plaza
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 843-4333×2
Michael R. Banton, M.D. 13354 Manchester Road
Suite 220
St. Louis, MO 63131
(314) 692-7886
Radhika Rao, M.D. 443 North New Ballas
Suite 249
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 872-7917
Azfar Malik, M.D. 763 South New Ballas Road
Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 843-4333×2
Duru Lachmandas Sakhrani, M.D. St. John's Mercy Med. Ctr. Conway Bldg
615 South New Ballas Road
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 251-6898
Joseph Donald Behrmann, M.D. 10420 Old Olive Street Road
Suite 202
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 991-9700
Gautam Datta, M.D. Psych Care Consultants
763 South New Ballas Road, Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 843-4333×2
Edwin D. Dunteman, M.D. 555 North New Ballas
Suite 165
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 692-7246
Raafea Faiz Malik, M.D. 763 South New Ballas Road
Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 843-4333×2
Stephen C. Stromsdorfer, M.D. 777 Craig Road
Suite 125
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 373-6930

Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic

senate-bill-drug-treatmentThe growing problem around opioid addiction continues to receive coverage in the media, and it has become a topic of discussion on the campaign trail because candidates are being approached throughout the country by concerned families and citizens.

Marcia Taylor, President of Partnership For Drug Free Kids, provided testimony in January to a Senate Judiciary Committee on the need to increase funding for drug prevention and drug treatment. Proposed for consideration is the CARA Senate Bill which stands for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. CARA would allocate funding for drug treatment and prevention resources with a goal of getting more addicted individuals into treatment, and better educating both parents and teens on the dangers of recreational opioid use.

CARA would also address the need to distribute naloxone across the U.S. to aid in the fight to reduce deaths from opioid overdose. Local law enforcement would be trained on the administration of naloxone. Prescription drug monitoring programs would also receive increased support under CARA.

Methadone and Suboxone have become familiar interventions for anyone knowledgeable on opioid addiction issues. Most state-funded opioid treatment programs in the United States are currently full and have waiting lists of addicted people who are eager to participate in medication-assisted treatment.

In America, there has been a notable expansion in recent years of treatment programs who utilize methadone or suboxone to help patients. While many of these programs are private self-pay, Medicaid presently pays for methadone-based treatment approaches in a number of U.S. states. The number of private pay programs currently outnumber state-funded and Medicaid-funded programs by a substantial margin.

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Expanding Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

opioid-treatment-in-mediaAn article in the Huffington Post recently addressed President Obama’s public comments on expanding access to opioid treatment, particularly medication-assisted treatment (MAT) like methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone).

Many members of the treatment industry and recovery community do not have a realistic grasp on the role that medication-assisted treatment can play in recovery from severe opioid addiction. Historically, the recovery community has not regarded those utilizing methadone or suboxone as truly in recovery. They emphasize total abstinence, even from methadone, despite the fact that methadone and buprenorphine have restored individuals to normal functioning and even saved lives in many cases.

There was a time some years ago, in the 12 step community, when individuals were chastised for taking psychotropic medication for depression or other mental health disorders. This criticism came from a fundamental lack of knowledge about the biological basis for many mental health disorders. Similarly, medication-assisted treatment interventions have been the subject of misunderstanding and unwarranted rejection by those with limited education on varied treatment approaches.

As America’s opioid problem continues to grow, we need real solutions rooted in medical science and research. At this point in time, medication-assisted treatment has been in use long enough to clearly demonstrate its usefulness in facilitating personal recovery from addiction.

In 2015, we saw numerous local and national political figures rally around families that have been impacted by heroin overdoses and the heartbreaking loss of loved ones. Opioid addiction has finally come into focus within the mainstream media, and even current Presidential candidates have begun to address this as an important issue which commands attention and a solution.

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CVS Standing For Life and Safety

methadone-recovery-1It was announced late last month that CVS Drugstores intends to expand their provision of non-prescription naloxone into 12 additional U.S. States. Currently, they provide naloxone over-the-counter in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but will begin offering the life-saving medication in California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Naloxone has gained attention in recent years due to its ability to reverse opioid overdoses. Over 44,000 people have died annually in the United States from drug overdose with a majority of those stemming from heroin or prescription pain medication. Naloxone has been successfully utilized in emergency rooms and on site in communities around the country reversing opioid overdose and saving thousands of lives.

It is critically important to recognize that people who have suffered with addiction are sometimes close to a lasting recovery. There is a popular expression used lately that is somewhat stark though true and thought-provoking. The expression goes “You can’t recover if you’re dead.” While this may sound off-putting to some, it reminds us that people stuck in years of painful addiction can, and do, change. We would much rather have naloxone readily available to save a life and to provide a son, daughter, or friend the opportunity to change direction.

An addicted individual could be much closer to choosing a life of recovery than we might imagine. This happens on a daily basis. How, and when, someone recovers from addiction is hard to predict. All we can do is to offer them an open door to a new and better life.

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Heroin Said To Be Back With A Vengeance

stop-opioid-addictionChuck Rosenberg, the new chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has expressed serious concerns about the continuing opioid addiction problem in America and the pervasive spread of heroin addiction in particular.

A Fox News article highlighted Mr. Rosenberg’s discussion of how the USA represents only 5% of the world’s population – but consumes 95% of the world’s hydrocodone. His position is that rampant overprescribing of opioids has been occurring for years. As individuals become addicted to prescription medications and are then cut off from further prescription refills, many turn to the illegal purchase of street opiates.

“Street” opiates are sold at a premium – often more than people can afford. This leads to increased crime in order to support the expensive habit or turning to heroin since it is reported to only cost about 20% of hydrocodone on the black market.

The Fox article states that nearly 44,000 per year are dying from drug overdose and that half of those overdoses are from prescription medications. Casualty rates have almost doubled over the last few years.

Also in the news last week was an announcement from Hillary Clinton that if elected President she plans to dedicate billions to opioid treatment. There are other candidates as well, including governor Chris Christie, that have expressed a similar commitment to addressing the opioid addiction epidemic. The groundswell of concern regarding opioid addiction has gained momentum over the past 2 years and is now an audible siren capturing the attention of many governmental leaders. It has become a real health hazard that cannot be ignored any longer.

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Making A New Start

methadone-graphicA study by the government agency SAMHSA indicated there were approximately 254,000 patients receiving methadone for opioid addiction in 2006. In 2015, it is most likely that number is much higher given the prevalence of opioid addiction and the continued expansion of outpatient opioid treatment services in the United States. Today, there are considerably more methadone clinics and suboxone-approved physicians than there were a decade ago.

Making a new start with medication-assisted treatment is what hundreds of people across the country are deciding to do for themselves every week. Addiction is a progressive illness – one in which a person’s ability to choose is severely compromised. Medication-assisted treatment using either methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) provides an important open door to a more responsible, quality life.

A majority of individuals suffering with opioid addiction (particularly when the illness spans years) have experienced dramatic brain changes which deepened their physiological dependency on opiates. This physical dependency is not easily removed. It is severe and persistent thus leading the person to do whatever is necessary to avoid being sick from opioid withdrawal.

Most long-term addicted individuals will tell you they rarely, if ever, get high from the illicit substances they use. They are simply trying to avoid being sick from debilitating opioid withdrawal symptoms. When a patient chooses to receive methadone or buprenorphine under the supervision of a doctor, they are making a decision to face their illness and to do something constructive about it.

As a family or friend, it is very helpful to gain an understanding of addiction and how medication-assisted treatment can be life changing for a person stuck in the cycle of opiate addiction.

Making a new start can be a bit frightening. Will methadone work for me? Will my loved ones condemn me? What about my job, or my legal situation? It becomes easy to put off making a decision when so many questions come into play.

It is important to remember that the road to recovery begins with just one step forward. That step will lead to another and another. This new start is always available. The message is one of hope and opportunity. Opiate addiction is a treatable illness. Medication-assistance can make a real difference.

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