Vermont Methadone Clinics

Vermont Methadone Clinics
BAART Behavioral Health Services 300 Granger Road Berlin (802) 223-2003
Valley Vista 23 Upper Plain Bradford (802) 222-5201
Habit Opco – Brattleboro 16 Town Crier Drive Brattleboro (802) 258-4623
Brattleboro Retreat 1 Anna Marsh Lane Brattleboro (802) 257-7785
Brattleboro Retreat Buprenorphine Clinic 1 Anna Marsh Lane Brattleboro, VT (802) 257-7785
Howard Center – UHC Methadone 1 South Prospect St., Room 1420 Burlington (802) 488-6450
BAART Behavioral Health Services 475 Union St. Newport (802) 334-0110
Rutland Regional Medical Center 1 Scale Ave., Bldg. 10 Rutland (802) 776-5800
HowardCenter – Addiction Medicine 75 San Remo Drive South Burlington (802) 488-6540
BAART Behavioral Health Services 445 Portland St. St. Johnsbury (802) 748-6166

Vermont has its methadone clinics and (buprenorphine) suboxone doctors concentrated mostly in and around its metropolitan urban centers. With the recent rise in opioid addiction problems across the United States, more medical providers are preparing themselves to assist people suffering with moderate to severe opioid dependency. While some individuals are able to detox successfully from opioids under supervised care, many discover that medication-assisted treatment is necessary to help them either avoid painful opioid withdrawal or to facilitate their journey into long term recovery. Methadone and (buprenorphine) suboxone are the two most popular & effective medication-assisted therapies available for opiate addicted persons. Both medications are FDA-approved, SAMHSA endorsed, and have been successfully utilized in treating opioid addiction for more than a decade. With methadone in particular, its success profile dates back to over 40 years in the United States.

What Is Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an opioid treatment medication that works very differently than either methadone or buprenorphine.

Naltrexone functions as an opioid blocker that interferes with the euphoric effects of opiates. Unlike methadone, naltrexone does not eliminate opioid withdrawal. So it is typically only begun following a successful period of opioid detoxification.

Naltrexone is taken as a pill or as a time-released injectable. It blocks the feeling of getting high thus deterring a person from continuing in active drug use with opioids. If there’s no pay off for using, why do it?

Some individuals who don’t necessarily require methadone or buprenorphine can effectively utilize naltrexone as a component of their recovery program. Vivitrol is the time-released, branded version of naltrexone that is taken once monthly as an injection. With Vivitrol, the naltrexone remains active in the bloodstream for 30 days and blocks the effects of heroin or other opiate use. This reinforces one’s focus on recovery choices and can reduce opioid cravings.

Patients receiving naltrexone may develop a lowered tolerance to opioids over time, and should remain aware of the risk of opioid overdose should they relapse. The medication is also used in the treatment of alcohol dependency and has been shown to reduce the euphoric effects of alcohol consumption.

Naltrexone is not to be confused with Naloxone. Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal medication that has recently been in the news for saving thousands of lives across the country.

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Billions To Be Allocated In Fight Against Opioid Crisis

The national budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year includes a request for $13 billion in funding for opioid treatment and related services. This linked Newsweek article states that $3 billion would be allocated in 2018 and another $10 billion in 2019.

Many opioid treatment programs across the country are currently able to add patient slots when additional funding is made available. The opioid crisis has flooded many clinics that are already at maximum census due to limited State and Medicaid funding.

A number of private pay clinics have opened in recent years as the need for medication-assisted treatment increased. If a substantial allocation of government funds becomes available, opioid treatment services will finally come into sharp national focus as scores of people finally obtain the help they need to stabilize and to recover.

In treating opioid addiction, research has shown that traditional abstinence-based programs which do not utilize medication assistance have a failure rate of 90%. Medication-assistance is a critical factor in helping opioid addicted people move into sustained recovery. The proposed $13 billion earmarked for opioid treatment services can make a huge difference all across the U.S. Methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) coupled with counseling and drug testing comprise the gold standard of care in treating opioid addiction.

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Opioid Treatment Making A Difference

There is a great article in the Bismarck Tribune about the expansion of methadone services in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo, like most other areas of the country, was impacted in recent years by numerous opioid-related overdose deaths.

The article reports that Cass County had 31 overdose deaths in 2016, but that number was reduced to 15 in 2017, due in part to the increased availability of naloxone (the medication that reverses opioid overdose).

While local ambulance calls have decreased in relation to opioid overdoses, the problem of opioid addiction remains a widespread and primary concern in the community.

The Tribune story reveals that more local residents are now enrolled in opioid treatment and are receiving the life-saving medication, methadone. Treatment that combines medication-assistance and counseling is the industry standard in quality care for those addicted to opioids.

The new Fargo-based clinic is reported to have 164 active patients currently enrolled in the methadone program. The clinic director, Mark Schaefer, is quoted as saying that while enrollment has been rapid, there remain many people in the local area with untreated opioid addiction.

The availability of treatment is making a difference. And medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone are providing a much needed solution to America’s opioid crisis.

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Shifting Tide Favors Medication in Opioid Treatment

The nation’s opioid epidemic has reached fever pitch and is now being spotlighted by all levels of local and national media. This is obviously good news.

At the center of this discussion is what can be done to reduce opioid fatalities, and to provide addicted people a real opportunity to regain control over their lives. This discussion inevitably leads to examining the benefit of medication-assisted treatment.

Methadone and buprenorphine are the two leading alternatives for helping patients deal with the perpetual withdrawal sickness that comes from a physiological dependency on opioids. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose.

In recent congressional testimony to members of Congress, Scott Gottlieb (Commissioner of the FDA) specifically heralded the life-saving benefits of methadone and similar medications.

His testimony included comments on the wealth of information behind the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment. It is vitally important that legislative decision-makers obtain a clear understanding about what works and what does not in regard to coping successfully with this opioid crisis.

Time is of the essence because the present overdose fatality rate in the United States is over 64,000 per year. This number is beyond alarming. Here is an article that points to a possible positive shift in communities’ openness to having local opioid treatment nearby. Hopefully, this becomes a trend.

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Achieving Stability in the Recovery Process

Opioid addiction is one of the more challenging substance use disorders to confront and manage because of its physical dependency characteristics. Once the process of physical addiction has taken hold, avoiding daily withdrawal becomes a high hurdle.

Because of this daily dilemma, it becomes difficult to remain focused on other aspects of recovery. It’s the law of “first things first” that applies when tackling any problem. There is a natural order and sequence which must be followed when trying to solve a complex task. Opioid addiction recovery is no exception.

Obtaining relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms is a very important first step in addressing opioid addiction. This is why medication-assisted treatment is specifically identified as a medical best practice. Science and years of exhaustive research have proven (not just suggested) that treatment coupled with medication-assistance offers the greatest probability of long-term success when trying to overcome moderate to severe opioid addiction.

Fortunately, more people are becoming aware of the need for buprenorphine, methadone, and other medications that can play a vital role in stabilizing an opioid addicted individual at the onset of their personal recovery.

Historically, efforts to come off of opioids in a detox setting have been often unsuccessful because many detoxes used insufficient medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Consequently, patients would typically begin to get sick in 1-2 days with their withdrawal symptoms becoming intolerable. This can lead to patients abandoning the detox effort and a quick return to illicit opiates.

However, the tide is turning. As the American opioid crisis continues to impact families and U.S. society, many more physicians, lawmakers, and government representatives are gaining a quick education on the enormous value of medication-assisted treatment. Methadone is at the forefront of this new awareness as is buprenorphine-based products like Suboxone.

Appropriate medications used responsibly and under a doctor’s supervision provide stability, hope, and opportunity.

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Vermont Buprenorphine Suboxone Doctors
Saba Maheen Salam, M.D. Salam Psychiatric Services, P.L.C.
49-A Village Square, P.O. Box 408
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
(802) 460-4604
Edward Sbardella, M.D. 18 Old Terrace
Bellows Falls, VT 05101-1490
(802) 463-1292
John Gregory King, M.D. 655 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-2343
Therese E. Dranginis, M.D. Mt. Anthony Primary Care
655 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-2343
Deborah Richter, M.D. Central Vermont Addiction Medicine
300 Granger Rd
Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 229-6183
Dorothea Lynn DeGutis, M.D. Brattleboro Retreat
One Ann Marsh Lane
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 258-3707
Loren A. Landis, M.D. 167 Main Street
Room 207-B
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 579-5205
Percy Ballantine, M.D. Brattleboro Retreat
Anna Marsh Lane
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-7785
Michael A. Marrella, M.D. Brattleboro Health Care
Anna Marsh Lane
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(800) 738-7328
Todd J. Kammerzelt, M.D. 1 Anna Marsh Lane
Po Box 803
Brattleboro, VT 05302
(800) 738-7328
Jennifer L. Fyler, M.D. Retreat Healthcare
Anna Marsh Lane
Brattleboro, VT 05302
(802) 258-6198
William A. Knorr, M.D. Brattleboro Retreat–One Anna Marsh Lane
P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro, VT 05302
(802) 258-3747
Wayne Warnken, M.D. 617 Riverside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-6309
William S. Grass, M.D. William S. Grass, M.D.
118 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 660-8000
Suzanne Parker, M.D. 118 Pine St.
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-6595
John Ross Brooklyn, M.D. 617 Riverside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-6309
Bruce D. Latham, D.O. Island Pond Health Center
82 Maple Street
Island Pond, VT 05846
(802) 723-4300
Elizabeth Mather Call, M.D. Porter Ob/Gyn
108 Medical Drive
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-0500
John V. Chisholm III, M.D. 28 Centre Drive
Milton, VT 05468
(802) 847-4322
James Scott Stone, M.D. 73 Main Street, Rm 18
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-2633
Fred Joel Rossman, M.D. Dr. Fred Rossman / Treatment Associates
65 Portland Street
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-0079
Kevin Buchanan, M.D. Clara Martin Center
P.O. Box G
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 728-4466
Mark Edward Logan, M.D. 71 Allen Street
Suite 203
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 770-5882
Jennifer M. FauntLeRoy, M.D. 11 Court Square
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-1398
Juan Carlos Nunez, M.D. 260 Crest Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-8805
Bernard David Shea, M.D. 133 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-1256
Jun Fu, M.D. 260 Crest Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-8805
Max McMurray Bayard III 77 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 527-4151
Edward A. Haak, D.O. Northwestern Medical Center
133 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-8809
William Alan Roberts, M.D., PhD 133 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-8809
Gianpaolo Bentivoglio, M.D. NKHS
P.O. Box 368
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-3181
Melissa Carol Volansky, M.D. 1878 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-4853
Michael Corrigan, M.D. 12 Church Street
Swanton, VT 05488
(802) 868-3175
Timothy Philip Shafer, M.D. P.O. Box 216
185 Grafton Road
Townshend, VT 05353
(802) 365-4354
Paul Bertocci, M.D. Mapleleaf Farm Associates Inc.
10 Maple Leaf Farm Road, P.O Box 120
Underhill, VT 05489
(802) 899-2911
John M. Severinghaus, M.D. Green Mountain Family Medicine
212 Holiday Drive, Suite #4
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 281-6364
Jonathan C. Schwartz, M.D. VA Medical Center, Mailcode 116
215 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05009
(802) 295-9363×5673
Michael Vincent Fanizzi, M.D. PO Box 391
Wilder, VT 05088
(802) 295-5805
Sarah Zinati, D.O. 289 County Road
Windsor, VT 05089
(802) 674-7023
Clifton Frederick Lord CT Valley Recovery Services
15 State Street
Windsor, VT 05089
(802) 674-9400