A Proven Program
Our program is a proven, state of the art, method of treating addictive disease.
We believe addiction to be a chronic disease of the brain that requires, in most instances, medication assisted treatment for the attainment of complete abstinence from drugs.
This approach is designed for the patient to reach her or his full functional potential as an active and participating member of society.
Because of our varied expertise and experience we, as a team that includes the patient, are able to make a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s needs and together we compile a treatment plan that works for the short and long term goal of normalizing the patients life.
This is a complex disease that requires medication, addiction counseling, family therapy and individual therapy, all within the scope of our practice and training.
A summary of our approach to treatment can be viewed as follows:
Help the patient maintain a steady state of comfort not using drugs
Provide guidance and counseling for restoring one's self esteem, regaining lost or damaged relationships
Coach patients to improve and enrich their lives through improved interpersonal interactions as well as by pursuing goals and dreams for a more productive and satisfying future.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment is the State of the Art treatment in Addiction Medicine today.
There are many very effective medications that can be used for the treatment of substance use disorders.
These medications have a wide range of action:
Medications that reduce cravings for alcohol (e.g. acamprosate, naltrexone and others)
Medications that antagonize and/or block the action of opioids (naltrexone, buprenorphine)
Medications that act as agonists (full or partial) to stop cravings for drugs as well as provide a sense of relief from any dysphoria of not having the opioid (methadone, buprenorphine)
Medications that do not have the potential to create a dependency but treat or alleviate anxiety depending on the cause of the anxiety (some anticonvulsants, others)
medication that treats acute overdoses from opioids overdoses (Naloxone)
The recommendation of any one of these (not limited to the above) treatments will be made by the physician and with the consent of the patient after understanding the advantages and limitations of the treatment options.
Our office is set up as a fee for service practice.
We do not bill insurance companies directly but we do provide the necessary documentation for you to send to your insurance company if you so wish.
Our charges are based on the service provided.
A new patient visit includes a comprehensive addiction and medical history and assessment, explanation of treatment options, and relevant education. Duration: approximately 1 hour.
Follow up visits are between 30 and 45 minutes each with exceptional situations of one hour.
Urine drug screens are performed at each visit.
Charges are as follows: New patient visit: $275.00
Follow up visits: $175.00 (one hour duration $200.00)
Urine drug screens: no extra charge (part of the visit).