Tampa 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.





Tampa Methadone Clinics
Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coord Office
(DACCO)/Medication Assisted Trt Pgm
4422 East Columbus Drive, 1st Floor
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 984-1818
Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coord Office
(DACCO)/Women Residential Trt Pgm
4422 East Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 984-1818
Tampa Metro Treatment Center 7207 and 7225 North Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 236-1182
Bay Area Treatment Center 8800 49th Street, Suites 106 and 108
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
(727) 544-0044

 

Tampa Buprenorphine Providers
Renee Haney, M.D. 718 West Dr. MLK, Jr. Boulevard
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 224-0355
Patrick G. Watson, M.D. 8751 North 30th Street
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 980-2422
Anthony Charles Granell, M.D. 4422 East Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 384-4010
Kim Markl Sheridan, M.D. 301 West Platt Street
Suite 17
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 200-8811
Jose M. De La Torre, M.D. 118 South Oregon Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 253-2273
Carissa Heim Stone, M.D. 118 South Oregon Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 253-2273
Michael R. Fox, M.D. 402 West Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 956-5431
Joseph Rashkin, M.D. 2727 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Suite 760
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 877-7758
Jose Luis Cruz, M.D. 4006 Fiesta Plaza
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 876-7700
Miguel Angel Montoya, M.D. 3568 Tabernacle Place
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 270-6133
Steven I. Arkin, M.D. 1913 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 376-3790
Emily Elizabeth Lazarou, M.D. 3030 North Rocky Point Drive, West
Suite 262
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 374-0171
Gregory Thomas Flynn, M.D. 2808 West Martin Luther King Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 872-9200
Joseph Molea, M.D. 4350 West Cypress Street
Suite 830
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 876-4850
George M. Northrup, M.D. 3601 West Azeele Street
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 350-9500
Lawrence Steven Wilson, M.D. 2916 West Alline Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 831-5742
Georgia Jeane Laliotis, M.D. 13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Unit #127
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 972-7633
Richard M. Smith, M.D. 1010 East Busch Boulevard
Suite 103
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 935-7987
Allan Richard Escher, Jr., M.D. 12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 745-8486
Tammy Laureene Tadom, M.D. 825 West Aileen Street
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 931-5560
Rao R. Gudapati, M.D 1010 East Busch Boulevard
Suite 103
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 935-7987
Christopher Bawalan Pudol, D.O. Doctors RX US Medical Clinic
1010 East Busch Boulevard, Suite 103
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 935-7987
David P. Myers, M.D. 825 West Linebough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 931-5560
Michael Paul Strolla, M.D. 825 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 931-5560
Jonathan D. Kunis, M.D. Health Care Connection
825 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 931-5560
Joseph David Markowitz, M.D. James A. Haley Veterans Admin. Hospital
Mhbs/116a
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 447-9994
William Robert Crumbley, M.D. 10110 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 935-7987


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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Reducing Risk of IV-Related Infections

drug-safetyOne of the risks associated with the progression of opioid addiction is the increased probability of an addicted person moving to injectable heroin as a last resort in dealing with opioid withdrawal. In the early years of methadone’s adoption in treatment centers, it was used primarily to help heroin addicted individuals detox from heroin and eventually remain heroin free.

While heroin is definitely resurfacing, the opioid epidemic of recent years has primarily been about prescription opioids taken orally. Following this pattern of use, users eventually discover that crushing and snorting pills is a more efficient means of getting an opioid into their system. Injecting is typically the last step in this progression of the disease of addiction.

But with injection comes a variety of new risks and health problems such as skin abscesses, localized infection at the site of injection, as well as hepatitis C (a viral infection of the liver) and HIV infection acquired through needle sharing with infected persons. A recent story in the news highlighted a sudden increase in HIV infections in Scott County (Indiana) in conjunction with the rise of opioid addiction there and injectable drug use.

Indiana’s governor has temporarily approved the use of needle exchange programs to help reduce the risk of virus transmission resulting from the use of dirty needles. The story indicated that the number of documented HIV infections had risen month over month. The county is presently trying to locate over 100 people who may have been exposed to the HIV virus in connection with injecting opiates.

Methadone and other medication-assisted treatments have been conclusively proven to reduce heroin/opiate relapse and injection drug use. For many individuals trapped in a daily cycle of perpetual drug abuse, the risk of acquiring a deadly infection increases with every day that they are not in treatment receiving help.

Treatment leads to recovery, and recovery leads to dramatic lifestyle change. Many patients who choose methadone as a tool in their personal recovery never go back to injecting drugs. This obviously is a life saving choice.

Someone recently stated “If you’re dead, you can’t recovery.” This is a rather blunt way of expressing a profound and meaningful truth. Addiction does rob loved ones, friends, family, and neighbors of life, health, and happiness. Recovery has the ability to restore all of these. Let us keep our minds and hearts open about the value of medication-assisted treatment. It is making a real difference for numerous people around the world.

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Acadia HealthCare Opioid Addiction Treatment

acadia-healthcareAcadia Healthcare is a leading behavioral healthcare services provider headquartered out of Franklin, Tennessee. The company was established in 2005 and has experienced rapid growth as a result of strategic acquisitions and a sharp focus on the delivery of psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment services.

Acadia recently bought out CRC Health Group for a reported $1.2 billion in a well-publicized sale which closed in February 2015. The acquisition significantly expanded Acadia’s opioid addiction treatment capabilities adding approximately 82 methadone/suboxone facilities nationwide. The company is nicely positioned to serve tens of thousands of patients on a daily basis who are struggling with opioid addiction and other associated illnesses. Methadone and buprenorphine products are utilized in association with a variety of counseling approaches.

Just added to Methadone.US are five of Acadia’s opioid treatment clinics located in San Diego, Riverside, Baltimore, Portland, and Southern Indiana.

Acadia’s mission statement:

Acadia Healthcare’s mission is to create behavioral health centers where people receive care that enables them to regain hope in a supportive, caring environment.

The company presently has behavioral healthcare facilities in 37 U.S. states, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico. These include residential treatment centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and therapeutic school-based programs.

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Right Path Clinics Offer Suboxone and Addiction Counseling

right-path-clinics-2Right Path is an opioid treatment provider operating in the greater Hampton Roads area of eastern Virginia. The organization specializes in the use of burprenorphine (the critical ingredient in Suboxone that alleviates opioid withdrawal symptoms).

Right Path currently have outpatient services in Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Suffolk, but plan to soon offer a location convenient for residents and visitors along the Outer Banks.

Recognizing the importance of individualized treatment plans, Right Path tailor their services to the needs of the individual patient. While suboxone is beneficial in eliminating the pain of opioid withdrawal, addiction counseling is essential in helping patients to understand the addiction and recovery process. Right Path provide addiction counseling as a component of their overall treatment program.

Evening and weekend hours are offered, and most insurance is accepted. The Right Path website has a helpful page that outlines various questions and issues that you might cover with your Suboxone Doctor in your first appointment. Their website provides another highly informative page on Suboxone which answers many common questions about this increasingly popular medication. More information on Right Path’s locations and contact information can be obtained here:

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