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


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