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Progressive Medical Specialists Medically Assisted Outpatient Treatment Programs:

Progressive Medical Specialists offers four medically assisted outpatient treatment programs. Our treatment programs use a combination of treatment medications and counseling support. Research shows that combining treatment medications with counseling is the best way to ensure success. Listed below is some information about our programs.

Methadone is a rigorously tested medication that is safe and effective for the treatment of narcotic withdrawal and dependence. Methadone is also the most studied drug having been researched for 35 years. Narcotics release an excess of dopamine in the body, which in turn causes users to continuously need an opiate to occupy the opioid receptor in the brain. This is where methadone is extremely helpful. Methadone occupies this receptor and permits a person to change their behavior and to discontinue use of narcotics. Methadone reduces cravings from opiates and also blocks the high from narcotics such as heroin, but it does not produce the euphoric rush. To learn more about methadone please visit our FAQ page and/or you may request more information be sent to you in the mail by visiting the contact page.

Methadone Detoxification(Detox) Program

Progressive Medical Specialists’ Program provides medical intervention through daily dispensing of methadone and counseling support for up to 180 days to opiate addicted individuals so they may reduce their dependency. The program follows a harm-reduction approach to support patients in developing the motivation to become drug free or free of dependence on illicit drugs. The program is designed to gradually reduce the dosage of methadone with the ultimate goal of being drug-free.

Detox programs are for those people who either have not previously been in a treatment program, or who have been dependent on opiates for only a short period of time. Deciding which detox program is right for you is something that will be determined during your visit with one of our physicians.

Short term detox:

This treatment program takes place over a period of 21 days. A short term detox is recommended for those people who have been dependent on opiates for a brief time period.

Long term detox:

This treatment program takes place over a period of 180 days. This program is recommended for those patients with less than a two year history of opiate use.

Methadone Maintenance Program

Progressive Medical Specialists’ Maintenance Program involves daily dispensing of methadone, supervised urine screens, and long-term outpatient counseling. The goal of the maintenance program is to reduce the dependency of the opiate and replace that addiction with methadone treatment. Motivational counseling, referrals for medical treatment and education counseling are all part of our program.

Services

Methadone Detoxification and Maintenance Program services include:

  • Physical examination
  • Testing & counseling
  • Daily methadone dispensing
  • Urine drug screening
  • Individual counseling
  • Education on substance abuse
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Referrals to heath or social service providers
  • Discharge planning
  • Mental Health Screening

To learn more about buprenorphine, please visit our FAQ page and/or request more information be sent to you by visiting our contact page.

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is a relatively new medication. Initially buprenophine was used as a medication for pain. After its introduction buprenorphine (the active ingredient in suboxone), was found to have ideal properties in the treatment for opiate dependence. These include its long duration of action and a ceiling effect which makes the drug have a high safety level. In some people with opiate addiction the properties of buprenorphine are not capable of giving them the emotional and physical strength of refraining from using illicit opiates even when the dose is raised to the maximum. In these people methadone seems to be a better drug for them. To learn more about buprenorphine and suboxone please visit our FAQ page and/or you may request information be sent to you in the mail by visiting the contact page.

Buprenorphine can be implemented into all of the above mentioned programs. The decision to use buprenorphine or methadone is something that should be discussed with one of our experienced physician.

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