Tuscon 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.





Tucson Methadone Clinics
COPE Community Services Inc
Substance Abuse Services
101 South Stone Avenue, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 879-6680×629
La Frontera Center
Hope Center
260 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 884-8470
Behavioral Awareness Center Inc 1475 West Saint Marys Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 629-9126
Center for Behavioral Hlth Tucson Inc 368 East Grant Road, Suite C
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 624-0250
ETANO Center 2340 North Tucson Boulevard, Suites 120-130
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-3323
Community Medical Services
Tucson
6626 East Carondelet Drive
Tucson, AZ 85710
(520) 298-1650
New Hope Behavioral Health Center Inc 2001 West Orange Grove, Suite 204
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 297-3329
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
Adult Behavioral Health Program
7490 South Camino de Oeste
Tucson, AZ 85757
(520) 879-6060

 

Tucson Buprenorphine Providers
Shawn G. Platt, D.O. 2828 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 622-4580
Rinly Ruiz Gecosala, M.D. 4099 East 22nd Street
Unit 107
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 323-4661
Michael S. Kuntzelman, M.D. 4901 East Fifth Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 318-9222
Joel Moncivaiz, M.D. 2122 North Craycroft Road
Suite 102
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 909-1342
Sonita Kathleen Singh, M.D. El Sol Family Medicine
2260 North Rosemont Unit # 107
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 318-1033
Raul Juan Rodriguez Sora, M.D. 5160 East Glenn Street
Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 750-1739
Robert B. Cairns, M.D. 1622 North Swan
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 795-8888
Robert C. Osborne, M.D. 5230 East Farness Drive
Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 792-2323
Andrew J. Slaski, M.D. Fourth Avenue Clinic
2016 South 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 882-4252
David A. Ruben, M.D. 2016 South 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 882-4252
William Joaquin Adamas-Rappaport, M.D. Compass Health Care
2502 North Dodge
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 618-8736
James A. McGlamery, M.D. 2959 North Dodge Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 990-7051
Steven R. Galper, M.D. Independent Behavioral Health
430 North Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-4837
Larry G. Onate, M.D. 2340 North Tucson Boulevard
Suite 130
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-3323
Dennis Dorr Weimer, M.D. 4570 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85718
(541) 297-8905
Thili N. Kulatilake, M.D. 4721 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 887-0035
Wenhui Cai, M.D. 3615 North Prince Village Place
Suite 121
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 225-0584
James Allen Wilcox, D.O. Tucson VAMC
3601 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85723
(520) 792-1450
Suzanne A. Sisley, M.D. The Arizona Telemedicine Program, U of A
Health Sciences Center, PO Box 245105
Tucson, AZ 85724
(480) 922-9015
Bernice Eleanor Roberts, D.O. Sierra Tucson
39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85737
(520) 624-4000
Derek Daniel Schumm, M.D. 39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 624-4000
Robert R. Johnson, D.O. 39580 South Lago del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 624-4000
Saul G. Perea, M.D. 39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 624-4000
Sierra Tucson Inc 39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(800) 624-9001
(520) 624-4000
Cottonwood de Tucson 4110 West Sweetwater Drive
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 743-0411


Why Methadone Is Effective

methadone-researchMany opioid addicted individuals eventually become interested in methadone after hearing others speak of its effectiveness in eliminating opiate withdrawal sickness.

Methadone has been in use for well over 40 years as a leading treatment for opioid addiction. There are now hundreds of methadone clinics in operation across the U.S. The popularity of methadone as an addiction treatment rests in its proven benefit in completely removing withdrawal symptoms and in methadone’s uniquely long half life.

Heroin and most prescription opiates have a quick onset, short duration. In other words, you feel the effect quickly but the effect does not last long. Methadone is designed to remain in an individual’s system for a prolonged period of time thus keeping withdrawal symptoms at bay for a full day or longer.

Someone who is opioid tolerant and adjusted to their daily methadone medication will experience no high whatsoever from the medication. It will not interfere with their daily responsibilities, work, family, or other … Read more

Massachusetts Is Prohibited From Banning Zohydro

court-decisionSomewhat of a surprise was the recent ruling that the state of Massachusetts cannot ban the powerful new painkiller, Zohydro, from being prescribed in the state. The manufacturer of Zohydro, Zogenix, had argued that the ban was not constitutional and must be reversed.

The state governor, Deval Patrick, had announced his intention to make Zohydro unavailable since the manufacturer’s initial plan was to provide it without a tamper-proof component to deter abuse and potential overdose.

Judge Rya Zobel ruled that the state of Massachusetts had exceeded its authority in banning the drug, and she consequently implemented a preliminary injunction temporarily reversing the ban. The governor expressed disappointment that the public’s safety concerns were not sufficient to halt the sale of Zohydro, but he stated he would pursue other channels for addressing the widespread opioid abuse problem that is continuing to grow in the state and across the country.

Opioid pain medications have become a primary drug of abuse for … Read more

Recovery From Heroin Addiction Helps Parenting

methadone-clinic-7When a parent enters treatment for opioid addiction and begins methadone dosing, hopefully that person embraces the recovery process and the resumption of certain responsibilities that may have been neglected during addiction.

Many parents in addiction live with a sense of regret and shame over not always being there for their children. Opiate addiction is particularly brutal and can derail a person’s priorities for extended periods of time. Families can suffer, and their bonds strained to the limit for years because of drug addiction.

When a parent begins to find true recovery and is able to take an honest look at their life, they recognize how their mistakes affected others – most often their families and particularly their children.

Effective parenting requires a notable combination of talents & abilities – obviously love mixed with patience, availability, consistency, and attention. These qualities suffer and are diminished for a majority of addicted parents when drugs are in control. As the years roll … Read more

Opiate Abuse Epidemic Addressed by Massachusetts Governor

massachusettsThe State of Massachusetts is experiencing dramatic levels of opioid abuse and their Governor, Deval Patrick, is sharply focused on addressing the problem. A compelling Boston Globe article has highlighted the growing problem with heroin and other opiates across the state noting that 185 people died of heron overdose between November 2013 and February 2014.

Also mentioned in the article was the state’s plan to increase funding for drug treatment by $20 million and to prohibit the sale of Zohydro, a highly potent prescription painkiller that has drawn much attention and criticism due to its ability to potentially worsen the opioid epidemic in America.

Governor Patrick has declared the opioid abuse problem a public health emergency and is taking active measures to increase the availability of naloxone to Massachusetts public workers so that they can intervene to save the lives of those experiencing an opiate overdose. Naloxone is a powerful opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of opioid overdose within … Read more

Doctors and Prescriptions For Pain Medication

oxycodone-prescriptionReceiving increased attention across the country are concerns about prescription pain medication and to what extent prescribers are using caution and due diligence in administering them.

In addition to opioid addiction treatment centers that often employ methadone, pain management clinics also utilize methadone as well as other beneficial but potentially addictive opioid medications such as hydrocodone for breakthrough pain. Often, in addition to painkiller prescriptions, pain management physicians will prescribe powerful benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin to manage patients’ stress and anxiety symptoms.

The potential problems which can emerge from these medication combinations is fairly extensive. First, uninformed patients can develop a rapid physical dependency on pain meds if not properly educated. Patients also run the risk of accidental overdose when combining powerful drugs like methadone, oxycodone, and xanax. There is a serious risk to the community when a physician overprescribes because powerful pain medications and benzodiazepines have a premium “street value”, and are often diverted and sold to naive, … Read more

When Emotional Pain Fuels Relapse

grief-and-lossPeople in recovery from addiction face very substantial stresses. The stress of trying to cope with cravings & urges, the stress of facing life and trying to resolve problems, and the common pressure of trying to make ends meet when finances are not in good shape.

While many addicted individuals find that they are more resilient than perhaps they ever believed, loss can sometimes be a particularly crippling experience. People from all walks of life suffer and struggle with losses – divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, income, security, or health.

A recent New York Times article briefly profiled a young woman released from prison who was trying to stay clean from heroin. She really missed her child who had been removed from her custody. While she loved her baby, she also recognized she was not yet ready to resume the pressures and responsibilities of parenting until she got herself on more solid, sober … Read more