Methadone Maintenance Program
The goal of this program is to offer comprehensive long-term support for patients with opioid dependence (ex. heroin or prescription opiate addictions). Using a harm reduction model, patients are assessed and treated using methadone or buprenorphine, which are long acting opioid medications that work to reduce cravings and use of harmful substances.
Through regular visits, patients are assisted through various phases of the program, including assessment and initiation, stabilization, maintenance, and support if relapse occurs. Currently, a physician and registered nurse work collaboratively to support patients in all aspects of their addiction, including supportive counseling to promote a sense of well being, and advocacy for patients to navigate through the health care system. Other services include stabilization of methadone or buprenorphine doses, prevention of withdrawal symptoms and overdose, and assessment and monitoring of substance use.
Some patients who enter the methadone maintenance program do not have a Primary Care Provider. In these cases, the physician and registered nurse work collaboratively with patients to ensure their primary health care needs are met, including prevention and screening of chronic diseases, illness and injury prevention, and health promotion education.
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