Welcome to Starting Point Clinic
About Our Methadone Clinic & Suboxone Clinic
Starting Point is an outpatient opioid treatment program located in Baltimore, MD. We conveniently located right on Ritchie Highway. Starting Point has been proudly serving the community since 2009.
Our office accepts Maryland Medicaid for our Suboxone and Methadone Medication Management Programs
Our office accepts Medicare for our Suboxone and Methadone Medication Management Programs
ABOUT THE MEDICATIONS WE ADMINISTER
Methadone is used for severe pain relief in patients who will need pain medication 24 hours a day and cannot be treated with other medications. Methadone is also used to treat withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to opiates and have been enrolled in treatment programs to help them stop or discontinue using the drug. Methadone belongs to the opiate (narcotics) analgesics class. Methadone is used to reduce pain by altering the brain’s and nervous system’s response to it. Methadone is used to treat opiate addicts. It produces similar effects to those who are already addicted and prevents withdrawal symptoms for people who stop using these drugs.
Methadone is available in several forms: a tablet, tablet, liquid, tablet and solution. Methadone can be taken every 8-12 hours to relieve pain. Your doctor will recommend the best dosing schedule for you if you are taking methadone as part a treatment plan. Make sure you read the instructions on your prescription label and ask your pharmacist or doctor to clarify any questions. Follow the instructions exactly.
Dispersible tablets should not be chewed or swallowed before being mixed in liquid. If you have been told by your doctor to only take a portion of the tablet, carefully break it along the lines marked into it. To dissolve the tablet, place it in 120mL (4 ounces), of water, orange juice or another citrus fruit drink. Consume the whole mixture immediately. Drink the entire mixture right away if there is any tablet residue left in your cup.
Your doctor might change the dose of methadone you are taking during treatment. As your treatment progresses, your doctor might decrease your dose of methadone or tell you to use it less frequently. Your doctor may recommend additional medication or increase the dose if you are experiencing pain. Discuss how you feel during treatment with methadone. Even if you feel pain, do not take more methadone than prescribed or take methadone doses earlier than scheduled.
Talk to your doctor before you stop taking methadone. Your doctor may recommend gradually decreasing your dosage. You may feel withdrawal symptoms like restlessness, headaches, dry eyes, runny noses, yawning and sweating.
Suboxone, a prescription medication that is used to treat addiction to Opioids (legal or prescription), is available as a prescription drug. It contains Naloxone and buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a partial Opioid antagonist. It blocks Opiate receptors, and reduces the person’s need to eat. Naloxone is the second ingredient that reverses the effects of Opioids. These drugs can be combined to reduce withdrawal symptoms that are associated with Opioid addiction.
Suboxone is not like other Opioid substitute medications which require a prescription from an specialized treatment center. Suboxone can be prescribed directly by your doctor. Suboxone is used by many people in both the beginning of treatment and throughout their recovery. A personalized treatment plan can be developed by your doctor or addiction counselor.
Although Suboxone may help with withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting Opioids it is not a complete treatment plan. Therapy and counseling can help you identify the root cause of Opioid abuse and provide new ways to manage stress and pain.
Suboxone may be prescribed by your doctor to treat dependence on short-acting Opioids such as Heroin or prescription painkillers. Long-acting Opioids are not usually recommended by Suboxone. Many people opt for a Buprenorphine only medication.
The withdrawal phase is the first stage of Suboxone treatment. This is where you feel most uncomfortable and can be dangerous. Suboxone can be used to reduce and possibly eliminate withdrawal symptoms from Opioid. Your doctor will guide you through the transition from withdrawal to maintenance. Your doctor will likely reduce your medication dose until your condition is resolved.
Substance Abuse Therapy is often a combination between individual and group therapy sessions. It teaches people in recovery how to stay sober and how to deal with different situations. One of the most popular types of addiction treatment that is used in substance rehab is behavioral therapy. The general approach to behavioral therapy has been modified into many effective methods.
Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) is when medications are combined with counseling and behavioral therapies. It is an effective treatment for opioid use disorders (OUD). Some people can sustain recovery.
There must be more work done to improve treatment options and develop therapies that address OUD as a chronic, long-lasting disease. This will help more people get MAT. It also means we have to end the stigma associated with certain OUD medications. We must also find better ways to promote the use of medical treatment for OUD.
The FDA has approved three opioid dependency medications: methadone (buprenorphine), buprenorphine (methadone) and naltrexone. These drugs have all been shown to be safe and effective when combined with counselling and psychosocial support. All patients seeking treatment for OUD should have access to all three options. This allows providers to collaborate with patients and help them choose the best treatment. OUD is a chronic condition that requires ongoing MAT to be evaluated periodically. Patients may be treated for as long as they wish. There is no limit to the duration of maintenance therapy.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. Offering this combination of medication and behavioral therapies is proven to be effective in helping some people sustain recovery. Addressing substance abuse is critical to providing quality care in an integrated treatment setting. Many individuals who suffer from a substance use disorder also suffer from other chronic health conditions. Integrated treatment planning that includes substance use screening and treatment is key to providing better health outcomes in integrated care.
Step 1: Evaluation
When we evaluate someone, we take into consideration many different variables. We don’t focus on the dependency alone; we also consider the social circumstances, support systems, and motivations for change.
Step 2: Create A Plan
After an evaluation, we take our medical expertise and provide our patients with an individualized plan that combines these factors. We work with each individual in a judgement-free environment and treat them with compassion.
Step 3: Start Treatment
The combination of medication and behavioral therapy is what treats addiction. The medication staves off the physical symptoms, withdrawal and cravings. The counseling helps patients address their emotional and behavioral issues associated with addiction. Evidence-based research shows that neither one is as effective on their own as they are together.
A methadone clinic is where those suffering from opioid addiction can seek treatment. They will be able to get medication to help them on their path to recovery. Because they can also dispense Suboxone and Naltrexone, methadone clinics could be called substance use disorder services (SUDS). Because methadone is the main medication that is dispensed, these terms are now synonymous.
Methadone clinics were established for the sole purpose of dispensing medication used in medically assisted drugs therapy. A ‘methadone clinic’ as it is sometimes called, can also provide other medications like Suboxone or naltrexone.
Methadone maintenance therapy (MMT), for most people, requires daily doses. Patients are monitored closely for the first seven to ten days. Most people can then go to their methadone clinic every day for six months. If the individual has been following the treatment plan and the clinic’s expectations, they might be allowed to take some of their methadone home with them for a few days, or even weeks.
Methadone clinics are able to help those suffering from addiction to long-lasting recovery if they follow all protocols and stick to the prescribed dose. Studies have shown that MMT can lead to positive lifestyle changes, such as a decrease in crime and transmission of diseases.
Methadone, which has been in use since 1947, is the opioid treatment that has had the longest history. There are many studies that support the effectiveness of methadone in reducing opioid abuse. Some of these are listed in the graph below. In 2009, a Cochrane review compared methadone-based (methadone plus psychological treatment) with placebo and psychosocial treatment. It found that methadone treatment was more effective at reducing opioid abuse, opioid-associated transmission of infection, and crime. Methadone-treated patients had 33% fewer opioid-positive drug test results and were 4.44 times more likely than those in control groups to remain in treatment. Even if methadone is not administered regularly, it significantly improves outcomes. Long-term outcomes (beyond six months) are much better for patients who receive methadone regardless of how often they are consulted.
Suboxone clinics can be described as medication-assisted therapy (MAT) centers. These centers offer outpatient rehabilitation and combine behavioral therapy with prescription medication to treat opioid addiction. To prevent relapse, Suboxone doctors will prescribe buprenorphine-based medication like Suboxone or Sublocade. Patients can live a happy, healthy life with the help of behavioral therapy.
For those suffering from an addiction to opioids, medication-assisted treatment using Suboxone or other buprenorphine drugs is highly effective. You are most likely a candidate for treatment if you have been diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder.
It is important to remember that Suboxone can be taken while you are taking it. However, alcohol and benzodiazepines are dangerous. There is a greater risk of developing respiratory failure if you take Suboxone while drinking alcohol.
Suboxone treatment is a substitute for pain pills and street opioids. It’s a prescription medication from a licensed practitioner that partially fills your brain’s opioid receptors. Patients do not develop a tolerance because it only partially fills the receptors. This is a key distinguishing feature of methadone. Patients can resume their lives after they are stable on their medication.
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